For Day 2 of AWWEE's conference, Lillian Kawasaki invited Sue Sims, Chief Deputy of the California Department of Water Resources; Grace Chan, Manager of Resource Planning and Development for the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California; and Kimery Wiltshire, CEO and Director of Carpe Diem West, to conduct this dialogue.
Meet Lillian and her water panel
Lillian Kawasaki is the elected Director of the Water Replenishment District of Southern California (WRD) representing Division 3. WRD manages the groundwater for 4 million people in 43 cities in Southeast Los Angeles County (more than 10% of the State’s population). Lillian is also on the Board and Executive Team of Carpe Diem West: Western Water and Climate Change Project, a multidisciplinary science-based initiative fostering new approaches to water resources management in light of climate change.
Prior to her retirement from the City of Los Angeles, Lillian served as the Assistant General Manager of Environmental Affairs for Los Angeles Department of Water and Power and as General Manager of the Community Development and Environmental Affairs Departments. Lillian is Vice President of California Groundwater Coalition, an Alternate Commissioner on Greater Los Angeles Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCO), and actively involved in clean tech and green jobs/ workforce training.
Committed to community service, Lillian is co-chair of Friends of Manzanar, dedicated to preserving Manzanar National Historic Site, where 10,000 Japanese Americans were interned during World War II.