Mary Ann Dickinson

Technical Advisor

Mary Ann Dickinson is the past President and CEO of the Alliance for Water Efficiency, which she helped found in 2007.  She retired as CEO in March, 2021 and will continue as needed to serve as a Technical Advisor to the Alliance staff.

Prior to joining the Alliance in July of 2007, Mary Ann was Executive Director of the California Urban Water Conservation Council, a non-profit organization composed of urban water supply agencies, environmental groups, and other entities managing statewide water conservation in California and implementing the nation’s first set of Best Management Practices. 

Mary Ann has over 50 years of experience, having worked at the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, the South Central Connecticut Regional Water Authority, and the Connecticut Department of Energy and 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 currently the Co-Chair of the Water and Planning Network for the American Planning Association. She also 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 past Treasurer of the Texas Water Foundation. Mary Ann has presented numerous papers on water conservation internationally and all across the United States and Canada.