2014 AWRA Annual Water Resources Conference
Plenary Bios


John Anderson

John Anderson is the Majority Staff Director for the Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment, U.S. House of Representatives. In this position, he is responsible for the management of all aspects of the legislative process for water resources and environmental issues that come before the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure. The Subcommittee's jurisdiction includes water resources development, conservation and management, water pollution control and water infrastructure, and hazardous waste cleanup. Mr. Anderson directs the Subcommittee staff in its
legislative and oversight responsibilities related to the civil works programs of the Army Corps of Engineers, the clean water and Superfund programs of the Environmental Protection Agency, the small watershed projects of the Natural Resources Conservation Service, all aspects of the Tennessee Valley Authority and the Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation. Mr. Anderson's responsibilities include development and drafting of legislative proposals, organization and preparation of Committee hearings and markups, drafting Committee reports, coordination with other congressional offices and committees, briefing Members, preparation for House floor action, and negotiation with the Senate during House-Senate conferences. In carrying out these duties, he coordinates regularly with government agencies, associations, and other subject matter experts and policy makers. Either in the Corps of Engineers or on Capitol Hill, Mr. Anderson has had a hand in drafting every Water Resources Development Act since 1990. In 1998 and 1999, he served on a detail from the Corps of Engineers to the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure to help in the development and passage of the Water Resources Development Act of 1999. After its enactment, Mr. Anderson was hired in September 1999 as a permanent committee staff member. He has been Staff Director for the Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment since 2006. Mr. Anderson is a native of Charlotte, North Carolina. He holds Bachelors and Masters degrees from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Major General John Peabody

Major General John Peabody assumed responsibility as the Deputy Commanding General for Civil and Emergency Operations, United States Army Corps of Engineers on Oct. 18, 2013.

As the Deputy Commanding General for Civil and Emergency Operations, Major General Peabody is responsible for a $10 Billion dollar annual program. He exercises oversight of Corps' civil works activities conducted by over 23,000 military and civilian professionals operating in 8 engineer divisions and 38 districts nationwide. The Corps Professionals conduct research and development, as well as plan, design, build, operate and maintain the nation's water resource civil infrastructure valued at $125 Billion dollars, including more than 693 dams, 4,254 recreation areas, over 12,000 miles of commercial inland waterways, and approximately 14,000 miles of levees and 926 harbors. Major General Peabody is also responsible to coordinate all emergency response missions and preparatory activities for civil disasters in support of FEMA and state and local authorities. He serves the Chief of Engineers and the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works as their principal military advisor for Civil and Emergency Operations.

Previous commands include three Corps of Engineers Divisions for over eight consecutive years - in sequence, the Pacific Ocean, Great Lakes and Ohio River and the Mississippi Valley Divisions. He also served five years on the Mississippi River Commission, culminating as the 36thPresident of the Commission.

Maj. Gen. Peabody is a graduate of the United States Military Academy, the Command and General Staff College, and the Army War College with a master's degree in Strategic Studies. He also holds a Master's of Public Administration from Harvard University and studied international relations and political sociology as an Olmsted Scholar at El Colegio de Mexico, Mexico City. Maj. Gen. Peabody holds a Professional Engineer License from the Commonwealth of Kentucky.

Dr Jerome Delli Priscoli

Dr Delli Priscoli is senior advisor USACE at the Institute for Water Resources. He is also lecturer at Johns Hopkins University (SAIS) in Washington. For 30 years he has designed and run social assessment, public participation and conflict resolution research and training programs. Dr Delli Priscoli is a skilled mediator and facilitator and works throughout the world. He serves on the Board of Governors and the Bureau of the World Water Council and works with, and has helped found several other world associations such as the International Association for Public Participation, the World Water Council and the Global Water Partnership. Dr Delli Priscoli has been advisor to the World Bank on water policy and to all of the UN water related agencies on water policy issues. Dr. Delli Priscoli works closely with many of the Water Ministers throughout the world. He was an original member of the U.S. delegation to the middle east Peace talks on water. He co-chaired the DG of UNESCO's world commission on Water and Freshwater Ethics. He is author of many articles and books including Water and Civilization and a new volume from Cambridge U Press, Transforming Water Conflicts. He is a commentator on media shows and is the Editor in Chief of the peer reviewed journal Water Policy. He has played pivotal roles and facilitated many of the dialogs among diplomats and NGOs in each of the 5 World water forums and in most of the critical key water resources policy meetings over the last 15 years. He was on the international steering committee and the political committee for the WWF5 in Mexico, Istanbul, France and Korea. Dr. Delli Priscoli has facilitated many US national water policy dialogs. The American Water Resources Association awarded him the Icko Iben award for achievement in cross disciplinary communications in water. He holds degrees in economics and political science and post doctoral studies in theological studies from Tufts and Georgetown Universities.

Lynn Scarlett

Former Deputy Secretary and Chief Operating Officer of the U.S. Department of the Interior, Lynn Scarlett is worldwide Managing Director for Public Policy at The Nature Conservancy. In this role, Scarlett directs all policy in the United States and the 35 countries in which TNC operates. Scarlett also served at Interior as the Acting Secretary of the Interior in 2006. While Interior's Deputy Secretary, Scarlett initiated and chaired the Department's Cooperative Conservation Working Group and its first-ever Climate Change Task Force. She established the Interior's Ocean and Coastal Activities office to coordinate cross-departmental ocean and coastal work. She chaired the nation's Wildland Fire Leadership Council. She served on the Executive Committee of the President's Management Council. She is author or co-author of publications on climate change adaptation; ecosystem services; large landscape conservation; and science and decision making. She chairs the Science Advisory Board of NOAA, co-chairs the Landscape Conservation Cooperatives Council established in 2014 by the U.S. Department of the Interior, and co-chairs the National Academy of Sciences Sustainability Roundtable. She also served on the US Global Change Research Program Committee and is a co-convening lead author of the National Climate Assessment. She is on the Dean's Advisory Council of the Bren School of Environmental Science and Management at UC Santa Barbara. She also serves on the boards of trustees of the National Wildlife Refuge Association and is a member of the Coordinating Council of the Practitioners' Network for Large Landscape Conservation. She received her Bachelor's and Master's degrees in political science from the University of California, Santa Barbara, where she also completed her Ph.D. coursework and exams in political science and political economy.

Kathryn D. Sullivan, Ph.D

Undersecretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere and Administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

With a budget of $4.7 billion, and more than 12,000 employees in every U.S. state and locations around the world, NOAA understands and predicts changes in the Earth's environment, from the depths of the ocean to the surface of the sun, and conserves and manages the nation's coastal and marine resources.

Sullivan's expertise spans the frontiers of space and sea. An accomplished oceanographer, she was appointed NOAA's chief scientist in 1993, where she oversaw a research and technology portfolio that included fisheries biology, climate change, satellite instrumentation and marine biodiversity.

Following her first appointment at NOAA, she served a decade as president and CEO of the Center of Science and Industry (COSI) in Columbus, Ohio, one of the nation's leading science museums. She was then the inaugural director of the Battelle Center for Mathematics and Science Education Policy in the John Glenn School of Public Affairs at Ohio State University.

Sullivan was one of the first six women selected to join the NASA astronaut corps in 1978 and holds the distinction of being the first American woman to walk in space. She flew on three shuttle missions during her 15-year tenure, including the mission that deployed the Hubble Space Telescope. Sullivan has also served on the National Science Board (2004-2010) and as an oceanographer in the U.S. Navy Reserve (1988-2006).

Sullivan holds a bachelor's degree in earth sciences from the University of California at Santa Cruz and a doctorate in geology from Dalhousie University in Canada.