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Suggested Citation:"Appendix D: Biographical Information." National Research Council. 2002. Privatization of Water Services in the United States: An Assessment of Issues and Experience. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/10135.
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Biographical Information

CHARLES W. HOWE, Chair, is a professor of economics at the University of Colorado, Boulder. Dr. Howe is currently serving as the lead author on the water resources chapter for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), as well as serving as a member of the World Water Vision group sponsored by the World Bank and UNESCO. Dr. Howe has contributed to several National Research Council (NRC) programs, including the Water Science and Technology Board (committee member, Irrigation-Induced Water Quality Problems) and the Climate Board (chair, panel on climate research; member of the board). Dr. Howe received his Ph.D. and M.A. degrees in economics from Stanford University and his B.A. degree in economics and business administration from Rice University.

JEAN E. AUER is the former mayor of Hillsborough, California. Ms. Auer has been active in California and U.S. water management issues over the past three decades. She has worked with the California State Water Resources Control Board (public member, 1972-1977) and with the League of Women Voters Water Resources Task Force (1984-985). She was a director of the American States Water Company (1995) and serves on the Water Education Foundation Board (1992-1995). Ms. Auer received her B.A. degree (cum laude) in education from Ohio University.

JANICE A. BEECHER is a principal with Beecher Policy Research, Inc. in Indianapolis, Indiana. Dr. Beecher’s areas of expertise include regulatory policy-making and decision-making. She was previously a senior research scientist and the director of regulatory studies at the Center for Urban

Suggested Citation:"Appendix D: Biographical Information." National Research Council. 2002. Privatization of Water Services in the United States: An Assessment of Issues and Experience. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/10135.
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Policy and the Environment, School of Public Affairs, Indiana University (Indianapolis). She has also managed the water research program at the National Regulatory Research Institute (NRRI) at Ohio State University. Dr. Beecher has a B.A. degree in economics, political science, and history from Elmhurst College and M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from Northwestern University.

CHARLES A. BUESCHER, JR., is the associate director of the School of Environmental Engineering at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri. Mr. Buescher has served as executive vice-president of the Continental Water Company and has served as chairman of the board for the following: St. Louis County Water Corporation, Northern Illinois Water Corporation, Northwest Indiana Corporation, and the Long Island Water Corporation. Mr. Buescher served on the NRC Committee on Water Treatment Chemicals, 1980-1982. Mr. Buescher received his B.S. and M.S. degrees in civil engineering from Washington University.

LARRY CHERTOFF is the executive director of the Water Industry Council, the trade association that represents national private water and wastewater companies. Mr. Chertoff is also the former principal quantitative analyst (chief economist) for New York City’s Environmental Protection Administration and the president of Environmental Market Analysis, Inc. He also serves as advisor to the New York City Comptroller and the New York City Office of the Public Advocate. Mr. Chertoff received his B.A. degree in economics from New York University and holds M.A. degrees in economics (public regulations) and education from the New School of Social Research and Hofstra University.

JEROME B. GILBERT (NAE) is a consulting engineer who provides advice on water management, water transfers and rights, regulatory compliance, and rate analysis. Mr. Gilbert was the general manager and chief engineer (1981-1991) for the East Bay Municipal Utility District (MUD) in the Oakland, California, region and is a consultant to several large U.S. cities. He is currently chair of the Management and Policy Council of the International Water Association. Mr. Gilbert was a member of the NRC Water Science and Technology Board (1982-1986) and served on several NRC committees. Mr. Gilbert holds B.S. and M.S. degrees from the University of Cincinnati and Stanford University, respectively.

RICHARD HOWITT is professor of economics at the University of California-Davis. Dr. Howitt’s research focuses on resource and environmental economics, quantitative methods, and econometrics. Much of his research has focused on California’s water resources, including water markets in the San Joaquin Valley and the Westlands Water District. Dr. Howitt received his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in economics from the University of California-Davis.

Suggested Citation:"Appendix D: Biographical Information." National Research Council. 2002. Privatization of Water Services in the United States: An Assessment of Issues and Experience. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/10135.
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DANIEL A. OKUN (NAE) is Kenan Professor Emeritus of environmental engineering at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He started teaching at UNC more than four decades ago. He earned a B.S.C.E. from Cooper Union, an M.S.C.E. from California Institute of Technology, and an Sc.D. in sanitary engineering from Harvard University. His career in environmental engineering spans more than 60 years. His primary interests are in the scientific, technical, and institutional issues in water management in the United States and abroad. He is a former Water Science and Technology Board chair and has served on numerous NRC committees.

DAVID E. RAGER is the chief executive officer of Cincinnati Water Works. Mr. Rager previously served as assistant city manager for Cincinnati, as well as the director of the city’s Safety Department. As CEO of Cincinnati Water Works, he has worked to institute private business practices within the utility, including the utilization of employee work teams and customer focus groups and use of new technologies to manage costs. Mr. Rager holds a B.A. degree in urban planning and design from the University of Cincinnati and an M.B.A. degree from Xavier University.

WILLIAM G. REINHARDT is the editor/publisher of Public Works Financing/PWF International, an independent monthly journal focused on issues related to merging project financing structures with public works development. Mr. Reinhardt has participated on several panels and has advised numerous governments and organizations on various issues related to infrastructure finance and privatization, including the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, the Organization of American States, and U.S. Agency for International Development and the governments of Mexico and Spain. Mr. Reinhardt received his B.A. degree from Gettysburg College.

WILLIAM STASIUK is a former deputy commissioner for the New York City Department of Environmental Protection and the former director of the Bureau of Water Supply, Quality, and Protection. Much of Dr. Stasiuk’s experience has been with the New York State Department of Health and the State Department of Environmental Conservation. He worked for these two agencies in a variety of positions between 1966 and 1996. His past positions include director, Center for Environmental Health, 1985-1996, and associate director, Division of Environmental Health, 1978-1981. Dr. Stasiuk received his B.S. degree in civil engineering from Manhattan College, his M.S. degree in sanitary engineering from Manhattan College, and his Ph.D. degree in environmental engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

Suggested Citation:"Appendix D: Biographical Information." National Research Council. 2002. Privatization of Water Services in the United States: An Assessment of Issues and Experience. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/10135.
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STAFF

JEFFREY W. JACOBS is a senior staff officer with the National Research Council’s Water Science and Technology Board and served as this committee’s study director. Dr. Jacobs’ research interests include institutional and policy arrangements for water resources management and international cooperation in water development. He has studied these issues extensively in the Mekong River basin of Southeast Asia and has also conducted comparative studies in water policy in the Mekong and Mississippi River systems. Dr. Jacobs received his Ph.D. degree in geography from the University of Colorado-Boulder.

ELLEN A. DE GUZMAN is a research associate at the NRC’s Water Science and Technology Board. She received her B.A. degree from the University of the Philippines. She has worked with a number of studies including among the most recent, Committee to Review the New York City Watershed Management Strategy, Committee on Drinking Water Contaminants (Phase II), Committee on Risk-Based Analyses for Flood Damage Reduction, Committee on Intrinsic Remediation, and Committee to Assess the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Water Resources Project Planning Procedures. She co-edits the WSTB newsletter and manages the WSTB homepage.

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In the quest to reduce costs and improve the efficiency of water and wastewater services, many communities in the United States are exploring the potential advantages of privatization of those services. Unlike other utility services, local governments have generally assumed responsibility for providing water services. Privatization of such services can include the outright sale of system assets, or various forms of public-private partnerships—from the simple provision of supplies and services, to private design construction and operation of treatment plants and distribution systems. Many factors are contributing to the growing interest in the privatization of water services. Higher operating costs, more stringent federal water quality and waste effluent standards, greater customer demands for quality and reliability, and an aging water delivery and wastewater collection and treatment infrastructure are all challenging municipalities that may be short of funds or technical capabilities. For municipalities with limited capacities to meet these challenges, privatization can be a viable alternative.

Privatization of Water Services evaluates the fiscal and policy implications of privatization, scenarios in which privatization works best, and the efficiencies that may be gained by contracting with private water utilities.

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