Paul Brown has nearly 40 years experience in strategic and facilities planning, project development, project finance, and program management for public utilities and environmental facilities. His clients include the states of California and Colorado; the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California (MWD); the Santa Clara Valley Water District; the Orange County (CA) Sanitation District; the Orange County Water District; the West Basin Municipal Water District; and the cities of Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco, San José, and Seattle.
Brown was a founding chair of the International Water Association (IWA) Cities of the Future program steering committee and was named an IWA Fellow. He is a former member of the International Society of Sustainability Professionals (ISSP) board of directors. Previously, he has served on the International Advisory Panel for the Institute of Water Policy of the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy at NUS, as well on the Stockholm Industry Water Award Committee.
Brown is co-editor (with Vladimir Novotny) of the book Cities of the Future: Towards Integrated Sustainable Water and Landscape Management, published by IWA; co-author (with Vladimir Novotny and Jack Ahern) of the textbook Water Centric Sustainable Communities, published by John Wiley & Sons; and a contributor to Growing Greener Cities: Urban Sustainability in the Twenty-First Century, published by the University of Pennsylvania Press. He was a guest lecturer at the 8th Annual Distinguished Lecture Series in Sustainable Development, Cambridge University, United Kingdom; and he delivered the 2007 Thomas R. Camp Lecture at the Boston Society of Civil Engineers.
From 2013 through 2014, Brown was a Visiting Professor and Director of Applied Research at the University of South Florida’s Patel College of Global Sustainability in Tampa, Florida.
As a key member of leadership and the CEO of MWH Global for over three decades, I have the highest admiration for Paul’s effect on CDM Smith as their chief strategist and marketing mind. His competitive force made us a better firm as we constantly had to raise the bar to compete. If anyone has backlog problems or a disjoined strategy, reach out to Paul for your elixir of answers. For MWH’s sake, we are glad he retired, for the industry’s sake it is a huge opportunity to share in his wisdom.
Paul is both an innovator and pragmatic project manager. He has been a leader in the development of sustainable water and wastewater projects, as well as a visionary regarding the future of global cities. Paul’s body of work includes many water, wastewater and transportation projects, as well as an incalculable value facilitating complex, multi-party decision-making processes. Paul is simply the best in these situations. Not only is Paul a great planner and project manager, he also brings a business perspective to this sometimes esoteric subject matter that will prove invaluable.
Paul is a forward-thinking, inspired and inspiring leader. His gift for developing creative solutions is second-to-none.
Paul is a highly accomplished business leader who has been the guiding strategist behind a global engineering firm known worldwide for innovative and sustainable projects in water and transportation. Paul has influenced thousands of government officials, engineers, planners and others around the world with his thought-leadership. Through books and articles he has inspired a worldwide initiative to improve the sustainability of cities in developed and developing regions. He frames the world in new ways that illuminate what needs to be done and what can be done to make cities sustainable in the 21st century.