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david nahai

managing partner and co-founder

Former CEO & GM of Los Angeles DWP ($9B annual revenue). Regulatory (Former Clinton Climate Initiative; Former Chairman of California Regional Water Quality Control Board). Co-Chair of National Energy, Water, Real Estate, and Environmental Law Practice (Lewis,Brisbois). LL.M. (UC Berkeley), LL.B. and LL.M. (London School of Economics)

taly m. williams

managing partner and co-founder

Top 10 expert in North America for treatment of extremely impaired drinking water sources, 20+ years experience in design, construction, operation, maintenance of water treatment plants. Operations, Strategy, Regulatory (Dept. of Public Health, 97-005 Process, Santa Monica MTBE) BASc, Civil & Environmental Engineering (University of Waterloo, Canada)

david mandel

managing partner and co-founder
Extensive experience as a Venture Capital Investor and Entrepreneur. Founder and Board Member in high growth technology companies. 3 years in research at University of Toronto Department of Medical Genetics & Biophysics. BA, Mathematics (University of Pennsylvania)

fabian oberfeld

managing partner
Founder and Managing Member of Liberty Groves and Silverdust Orchards which farms over 1,400 acres of fruits and nuts in California since the late 1980’s. Founded and managed several clothing companies that reached annual sales of $300 million, as well as WST Technologies which represents the Israeli National water company in California and Mexico. Honors degree in Economics and Business from UCLA

peter l. borges

managing partner
35 years as investment professional focusing on placement of private equity and real estate fund offerings primarily with public pension plans. Pioneer in creating first urban real estate retail fund (The Retail Initiative, Inc. “TRI”). Significant institutional investing experience through positions held with CIGNA, Connecticut Mutual, Connecticut Bank and Trust Co., and Oakleaf Development Corp. Bachelor of Science, Trinity College (Hartford, CT).

mayor antonio villaraigosa

Antonio Villaraigosa is a respected voice in American politics and a prominent policymaker with a keen understanding of America’s mainstream and emerging communities. Known for his exceptional skill at building broad bi-partisan coalitions, he draws support from the broad center of both Democratic and Republican voters.


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In 2013 Mr. Villaraigosa finished his two terms as 41st Mayor of the City of Los Angeles, after eight years of major strides in transportation, crime reduction, infrastructure, energy and resource sustainability, right-sizing government, business development and education reform.


Prior to his election as Mayor, Mr. Villaraigosa served as a member of the Los Angeles City Council from 2003 to 2005. From 1994 through 2000, Mr. Villaraigosa served in the California State Assembly as Democratic Whip, Majority Leader and Speaker of the Assembly. He is a member of President Obama’s Transition Economic Advisory Board and was the 2012 Chairman of the Democratic National Convention.


Mr. Villaraigosa also has served in academia, as a fellow at Harvard University and a professor in public policy at the University of Southern California. He also is a senior fellow at the Bipartisan Policy Institute in Washington, D.C. Additionally, he works in the private sector as a Senior Advisor with Banc of California, amongst others, and serves on the McGraw Hill Global Education board of directors.

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