Mary Ann Dickinson

President/CEO at Alliance for Water Efficiency
Chicago, Illinois
United States

Mary Ann Dickinson is the President and CEO of the Alliance for Water Efficiency, a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the efficient and sustainable use of water in the United States and Canada. Headquartered in Chicago, the Alliance works with over 400 water utilities, water conservation professionals in business and industry, planners, regulators, and consumers. In 2014 the Alliance won the U.S. Water Prize in the non-profit category for its work. In addition, Mary Ann is the Executive Director of the California Water Efficiency Partnership, a chapter of the Alliance for Water Efficiency based in Sacramento. The Partnership continues the historical work of the California Urban Water Conservation Council, a non-profit organization that for over 25 years managed the nation’s first set of Best Management Practices. Mary Ann has over 40 years of experience, having worked at the California Urban Water Conservation Council, the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, the South Central Connecticut Regional Water Authority, and the Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection. A graduate of the University of Connecticut with a degree in environmental planning, Mary Ann has authored numerous publications on water conservation, land use planning, and natural resources management, and has co-produced two films which have aired on public television and community cable stations. Mary Ann is past Chair of the Efficient Urban Water Management Specialist Group for the International Water Association, past Chair of the American Water Works Association National Water Conservation Division, past President of the California Irrigation Institute, past President of the Lake Arrowhead Community Services District, and currently serves as Co-Chair of the Water and Planning Network at the American Planning Association. She is also a Board member of the California Irrigation Institute, the Green Building Initiative and the Texas Water Foundation.