Scott S. Slater is the Company’s President and Chief Executive Officer, appointed to the role of President in April 2011 and CEO in February 2013. In addition, Mr. Slater has been a member of the Company’s Board of Directors since February 2012. Mr. Slater is an accomplished negotiator and litigator and, in addition to his role at the Company, is a partner in Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, the nation’s leading water practice firm. For 30 years, Mr. Slater’s practice has been limited to litigation and the negotiation of agreements related to the acquisition, distribution, and treatment of water. He has served as lead negotiator on a number of important water transactions, including the negotiation of the largest conservation-based water transfer in U.S. history on behalf of the San Diego County Water Authority. Mr. Slater is also the author of California Water Law and Policy, the state’s leading treatise on the subject, and has taught water law and policy courses at University of California, Santa Barbara, Pepperdine University, and the University of Western Australia, among others.
Stanley Speer is the Company’s Chief Financial Officer (CFO), effective May 2020. In addition to his role at Cadiz, Mr. Speer is a member of the Board of Directors of Sunworks (NASDAQ: SUNW) and the Chairman of its Audit Committee. Mr. Speer is also the principal of Speer and Associates, LLC, a consulting firm he founded in 2012 to provide practical operational, financial and strategic financial solutions to public and private businesses. Earlier in his career, Mr. Speer was a Managing Director with Alvarez & Marsal (“A&M”), a global professional services firm specializing in advising and assisting boards of directors, investment groups, management groups and lenders in a wide range of turnaround, restructuring and reorganization situations. Prior to joining A&M, Mr. Speer served as Chief Financial Officer for the Company, and its subsidiary Sun World International, a fully-integrated agriculture company. Prior to Cadiz, Mr. Speer was a partner with Coopers & Lybrand (now PricewaterhouseCoopers), where he spent 14 years in the Los Angeles office specializing in business reorganizations. Mr. Speer earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Southern California.
Timothy J. Shaheen is the Company’s Director of Development, effective May 2020. Mr. Shaheen is also the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Board of Managers of Cadiz Real Estate LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Company. In addition, Mr. Shaheen is a principal of Difinity Capital Partners LLP, a private investment partnership. From November 2008 to May 2020, Mr. Shaheen served as the Company’s Chief Financial Officer (CFO). From September 1996 to April 2005, Mr. Shaheen served as the President, Chief Executive Officer and a director of Sun World International, a major agricultural company. Earlier in his career, Mr. Shaheen worked with the accounting firm of Ernst & Young LLP for seven years; he is a certified public accountant. In addition to these positions, Mr. Shaheen has also served as a Governor appointee to the Los Angeles Regional Water Quality Control Board from 1999 through 2005 and as Chairman of the Food Security Task Force for the United Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Association from 2001 through 2003.
Keith Brackpool is a co-founder of the Company and Chairman of our Board of Directors, a position he has held since 2001. Mr. Brackpool served as CEO from December 1991 – January 2013. Mr. Brackpool is also currently a principal of 1334 Partners L.P., a partnership that owns commercial real estate in California. Mr. Brackpool has extensive experience in California public policy and, most recently, served on the California Horse Racing Board (CHRB) from September 2009 – January 2013, including a term as Chairman from 2010 – 2013. Previously, Mr. Brackpool was co-chair of California Governor Gray Davis’ Agriculture and Water Transition Task Force and the Commission on Building for the 21st Century, a diverse panel that developed long-term policy proposals to meet the state’s future water, housing, technology and transportation needs. Earlier in his career, Mr. Brackpool served as director and chief executive officer of North American Operations for Albert Fisher Group, a multi-billion dollar food company.
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Stephen E. Courter
Stephen E. Courter was appointed a director of the Company in October 2008. Mr. Courter is currently on the faculty of the McCombs School of Business, University of Texas at Austin and also serves as a director of Upland Software, an information technology firm. Mr. Courter has over 20 years of experience in management positions in the technology / telecommunications industry, serving most recently as CEO of Broadwing Communications from 2006 to 2007 and CEO of NEON Communications from 2000 to 2006. Mr. Courter began his career as a captain in the U.S. Army and has also held various executive positions, both in the U.S. and Europe, at several major corporations including KPMG, IBM and Sprint.
Maria Echaveste is a scholar with a distinguished career as a community leader, public policy advisor, lecturer, senior White House official, and attorney. She is presently President and CEO of the Opportunity Institute, a non-profit working to increase economic and social mobility focused on equity for the most vulnerable communities. Echaveste has been affiliated with UC Berkeley in various capacities since 2004 including: lecturing at the School of Law and in the undergraduate division on immigration and education and serving as program and policy director of the Law School’s Chief Justice Earl Warren Institute on Law and Social Policy from 2006 -2012; serving as a Senior Fellow at UC Berkeley’s Center for Latin American Studies since 2008; and as a Visiting Scholar with the Berkeley Food Institute from 2015-2016. Previously, from 1998 to 2001 Echaveste served as Assistant to the President and Deputy Chief of Staff for President Bill Clinton focused on issues relating to immigration, civil rights, education, finance, Mexico and Latin America. From 1993 to 1997 she served as Administrator of the Wage and Hour Division at the US Department of Labor. In 2009, then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton appointed Echaveste as a special representative to Bolivia. From 2015-2017, Echaveste served as vice-chair of the California International Trade and Investment Advisory Committee, an appointment by Governor Brown. Echaveste presently serves on the board of directors of the Level Playing Field Institute, Mi Familia Vota and UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospitals.
Geoffrey Grant was appointed a director of the Company in January 2007. Mr. Grant is presently a Managing Partner and the Chief Investment Officer of Grant Capital Partner, a global macro hedge fund management firm founded in 2008. Previously, Mr. Grant was with Peloton Partners LLP, a global asset management firm he co-founded in 2005. Mr. Grant’s career in financial markets spans 27 years beginning at Morgan Stanley in 1982 in foreign exchange options and currency derivatives, then with Goldman Sachs for 15 years from 1989 to 2004 where he ultimately served as Head of Global Foreign Exchange and Co-head of the Proprietary Trading Group in London.
Winston Hickox was appointed a director of the Company in October 2006. Mr. Hickox is currently a partner at public policy consulting firm California Strategies, a position he has held since 2006. Mr. Hickox also currently serves on the West Coast Infrastructure Exchange Advisory Council and is a Member of the Strategic Advisory Group of Paladin Capital Group. Previously, from 2004 – 2006, Mr. Hickox served as Senior Portfolio Manager with the California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS), designing a series of environmentally- oriented investment initiatives for the fund’s now $277 billion investment portfolio. Prior to CalPers, from 1999 – 2003, Mr. Hickox served as Secretary of the California Environmental Protection Agency (CalEPA) and a member of the Governor’s cabinet. Mr. Hickox also has extensive public and private sector experience earlier in his career. His prior private sector experience includes management of a nearly $2 billion real estate portfolio for the California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS), from 1987 to 1996, and service on numerous corporate boards, including Thomas Properties Group, a publicly traded full service real estate investment firm, and GRIDiant Corporation, a privately held corporation in the energy technology sector. Mr. Hickox also operated his own firm, the Hickox Financial Corporation, and was a partner and Managing Director with LaSalle Advisors, Ltd. and a Managing Director with Alex Brown Kleinwort Benson Realty Advisors Corp., where he served as head of the firm’s Portfolio Management Group. Mr. Hickox’s prior government service includes the Board of the $5 billion Sacramento County Employees’ Retirement System (SCERS) from 1998 – 2012, Chair of the Market Advisory Committee, which helped prepare for implementation of AB 32 California’s sweeping effort to address Climate Change, and seven years as a Special Assistant to the Governor for Environmental Affairs as well as a Deputy Secretary for Environmental Affairs. From April of 1997 to January of 1999, HIckox also served as one of the California Assembly Speaker’s Appointees to the California Coastal Commission. Mr. Hickox holds an MBA from Golden Gate University and a BS from California State University.
Murray H. Hutchison
Murray H. Hutchison was appointed a director of the Company in June 1997. Mr. Hutchison is currently a lead director on the board of Jack in the Box, Inc., a publicly traded fast food restaurant chain; and a director on the board of Cardium Therapeutics, Inc., a publicly traded medical technology company. Additionally, Mr. Hutchison serves as Chairman of the Huntington Hotel Corporation, which owns office buildings and a hotel property, and also as a director on the boards of several other non-publicly traded U.S. companies. Previously, Mr. Hutchison also served as Chairman of the Board of Texas Eastern Product Pipelines Company (TEPPCO), a publicly traded company operating in refined petroleum products, liquefied petroleum gases and petrochemical transportation and storage, prior to its acquisition by Enterprise Products Partners L.P. in October 2009. From 1976 until he retired in 1996, Mr. Hutchison served as Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of International Technology Corporation (ITC), a publicly traded diversified environmental management company.
Mr. Richard Nevins was appointed to the Company’s Board of Directors effective July 1, 2016. Mr. Nevins is an independent financial advisor and serves as a Director of Saratoga Resources, Inc. and Foodservicewarehouse.com LLC. Mr. Nevins has over 30 years of financial experience as a senior investment banker and corporate financial officer. Mr. Nevins holds a Master of Business Administration from the Stanford Graduate School of Business and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the University of California, Riverside.
Carolyn Webb de Macias
Carolyn Webb de Macias is a community leader with an extensive career in public policy and higher education. Ms. Webb de Macias currently serves as Board Chair for the Los Angeles Partnership, a non-profit organization that manages 17 public schools through an MOU with the Los Angeles Unified School District, and as Member of the Board of the Community Coalition of South Los Angeles, a community education and advocacy organization. Previously Webb de Macías served in the office of Elementary and Secondary Education in the US Department of Education as an appointee of President Barack Obama from 2010-2012. From 1997 – 2008, Webb de Macías served in various roles at the University of Southern California including adjunct faculty member in the USC Rossier School of Education, associate provost from1997-2002 and vice president for external relations from 2002 – 2008. During the 2005 – 2006 academic year, she took a partial sabbatical and served as a senior advisor to Mayor Antonio R. Villaraigosa. From 1991-1997 Webb de Macías served as chief of staff for Los Angeles City Councilman Mark Ridley-Thomas. Webb de Macías’ strong record of community service includes roles as founding member of the Board for the Alliance for Regional Collaboration to Heighten Educational Success (ARCHES), member of the Boards of the Los Angeles African American Women’s Public Policy Institute and the International Black Women’s Public Policy Institute, member of the Central City Association Executive Committee, and founding president of the Education Consortium of Central Los Angeles. Webb de Macías has been honored for her work as a founding member of Young Black Scholars of Los Angeles and named a Black Woman of Achievement by the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund.