Meet Our Advisors

Bill_McDonnell WEBBill McDonnell is the Water Efficiency Manager for the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California. He has a BA from the University of Massachusetts and an MBA from University of La Verne. His team manages many conservation programs that are on pace to rebate over $100 million to commercial, industrial and residential customers this year. His team also manages the Innovative Conservation Program which provides approximately a half million dollars in grants for new conservation technologies. Mr. McDonnell brings more than 30 years of experience in water and energy efficiency program development and management to Metropolitan’s water and energy nexus portfolio. In addition, he has been a Public Works Commissioner in the City of Chino Hills for almost 20 years and is a member of the Board of Directors of the California Urban Water Conservation Council and the California Irrigation Institute.
Fran Spivy-Weber WEBFrances Spivy-Weber of Redondo Beach is former Vice Chair of the State Water Resources ControL Board. She was first appointed to the Board in 2007, reappointed and elected Vice-Chair of the Board in 2009, and reappointed by Governor Brown in 2013 to a four-year term. Before being appointed to the Board, she served as the executive director of the Mono Lake Committee since 1997. From 1983 to 1992, Ms. Weber served as the director of international programs for the National Audubon Society. She previously was a legislative assistant for the Animal Welfare Institute from 1978 to 1982. Ms. Weber was also a member of the Bay-Delta Public Advisory Committee and co-chair of its Water Use Efficiency Committee. She also served as co-chair of the Southern California Water Dialogue and convener of the California Urban Water Conservation Council. She has served on many boards, including the Water Education Foundation, California Council of Land Trusts, and Clean Water Action/Clean Water Fund.
Frank Spasaro Frank Spasaro is a seasoned energy efficiency professional who filled several senior managerial roles with San Diego Gas and Electric Co. and Southern California Gas Company (SoCalGas). During his tenure with SoCalGas, Frank led a multi-stakeholder initiative to develop financing strategies and programs for the state's regulated energy utility programs while concurrently managing SoCalGas' portfolio of energy efficiency partnerships. He also led development of SoCalGas' water-energy nexus program. Frank is an avid photographer and can often be found outside, taking celestial and MotorSport photographs. Frank holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Southern California.
marthaDavisMartha Davis, former Executive Manager of Policy Development for Inland Empire Utilities Agency (IEUA), is a well known environmental policy leader. Ms. Davis was responsible for the Agency's legislative and policy development programs, including special initiatives addressing renewable energy, water supply development, and water quality protection. She has served as Senior Policy Advisor to the Delta Stewardship Council, Chair of the Energy Committee for the California Association of Sanitation Agencies (CASA), and Vice Chair of the Association of California Water Agencies’ (ACWA) Energy Committee. She also served on the boards of the Earth Island Institute, the Sierra Institute for Community and Environment, the California Water Energy Coalition, the Mono Lake Committee, and the WateReuse Association’s California section. Ms. Davis is recognized nationally as a leader in innovative bioenergy solutions and building water and wastewater utilities’ participation carbon markets. Early in her career, Ms. Davis served as the Executive Director for Californians and the Land and the Mono Lake Committee. Under her leadership, the Mono Lake campaign culminated in the State Water Resources Control Board’s unanimous decision to protect Mono Lake.
Martinez 2014Mark Martinez is a senior policy manager for Southern California Edison with over 25 years experience in the oversight and development of program policy for demand side management. He is currently responsible for demand response retail program policy and compliance, and is the statewide lead and witness for the Integrated Demand Side Management (IDSM) Task Force and Demand Response (DR) IDSM innovative pilots. He is also the company’s policy lead for the California Water-Energy Nexus. During his career at SCE, Mr. Martinez has developed and managed programs in load management, demand subscription service, end use load research, and innovative electric DSM technologies. He has also managed third party Demand Response forward contracts and DSM construction engineering. During his statewide work in dynamic pricing and advanced metering, he developed the SCE Energy OrbTM and deployed smart communicating thermostats. He continues to advance innovative concepts such as the integration of Energy Efficiency (EE), Demand Response (DR), Distributed Generation (DG), Automated DR, and Building Commissioning (Cx), integrated demand side resource planning and deployment, and customer based storage and load shifting programs and technologies.