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#3 – Ellen Hanak, Newsha Ajami, Faith Kearns

January 11, 2022

Join the panel discussion on water. Ellen Hanak, Newsha Ajami and Faith Kearns discuss water issues across California.

In this episode of the What Matters Water TV + Podcast we talk with three women who are working for water supply resiliency for our state. We chat about what it’s like to be an advocate for water equity in California, efforts to improve affordable and reliable drinking water for all, and how to use storytelling as a tool for change!

This monthly series offers information on California’s drought as well as interviews with interesting guests who are working hard every day trying to solve our state’s complex problems related to agriculture, energy production, pollution, wildlife preservation and more! We cover topics that matter using humor without being offensive or divisive. “It’s like listening in on your smartest friends talking about things that really matter…and laughing” – Lynn Lipinski (SCWC)

Ellen Hanak is vice president and director of the PPIC Water Policy Center and a senior fellow at the Public Policy Institute of California, where she holds the Ellen Hanak Chair in Water Policy. Under her leadership, the center has become a critical source of information and guidance for natural resource management in California. She has authored dozens of reports, articles, and books on water policy, including Managing California’s Water.

Newsha K. Ajami, Ph.D., is the director of Urban Water Policy with Stanford University’s Water in the West and NSF-ReNUWIt initiatives. She is a hydrologist specializing in sustainable water resource management, water policy, the water-energy-food nexus, and advancing uncertainty assessment techniques impacting hydrological predictions. Her research throughout the years has been interdisciplinary and impact driven, focusing on the improvement of the science-policy-stakeholder interface by incorporating social and economic measures and relevant and effective communication.

Faith Kearns is a scientist and science communication practitioner. She writes about water, wildfire, and climate change. Her work has been published at New Republic, On Being, Bay Nature, and more. Her book Getting to the Heart of Science Communication is now available wherever books are sold.

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