Paul R. Brown, AICP, M.ASCE

Web Photo 160720 GradientPaul 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.



Paul Brown joined CDM Smith as a technical editor in 1975. At the time, the firm (then Camp Dresser & McKee Inc.) was based in Boston, had 25 offices, and annual revenues of less than $30 million.
After completing his MBA, Brown became CDM Smith’s corporate planner in 1983, responsible for the design, development, and implementation of the firm’s strategic planning process.
From 1986 to 1989, Brown served as the president of CDM Smith’s project development and privatization subsidiary, CDM Development Corporation, which completed one of the earliest and most successful water treatment plant privatization projects in the country.
In 1992, Brown relocated from CDM Smith’s Cambridge headquarters to Carlsbad, California, where in 1996 he was made Division Manager for the Western United States.
Brown was elected to the CDM Smith Board of Directors in 2001.
In 2003, Brown was promoted to president of CDM Smith’s Public Services Group (PSG), responsible for the delivery of consulting, engineering, construction, and operations services to the firm’s municipal, regional, and state government clients throughout North America. By 2008, PSG had total revenues of over $639 million.
In 2008, Brown led the establishment of CDM Smith’s Neysadurai Centre for Integrated Urban Solutions in Singapore and was named the Centre’s founding technical director.
With the election of Dick Fox as CDM Smith’s Chief Executive Officer in 2009, Brown was promoted to Executive Vice President, Global Market Development and joined a four-person executive leadership team together with the Chief Operating Officer and Chief Administrative Officer. By 2011, CDM Smith’s revenues exceeded $1.2 billion with a staff of nearly 6000 people worldwide.
Following the retirement of Dick Fox as CEO, Brown left CDM Smith to establish his own consulting firm, Paul Redvers Brown Inc. He also accepted an appointment as Visiting Professor at University of South Florida’s Patel College of Global Sustainability.
In February 2016, Paul Redvers Brown Inc. was selected to provide program management support for the regional recycled water supply program being evaluated by the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California and the Los Angeles County Sanitation Districts.




  • Fellow, International Water Association (IWA)
  • Independent Director, Kennedy/Jenks Consultants
  • Board Member, Council for Watershed Health
  • Former Board Member, International Society of Sustainability Professionals
  • Member, Project Management Institute (PMI)
  • Past Chair, IWA Cities of the Future Steering Committee
  • Past Member, International Advisory Panel, Institute for Water Policy, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, NUS
  • Member, Board of Advisors for the four‐part Public Broadcasting System series, Edens Lost & Found
  • Member, Steering Committee, the National Leadership Summits for a Sustainable America
  • Past Member, Stockholm Industry Water Award Committee
  • Past Member, Water Environment Research Foundation’s (WERF) Infrastructure Research Committee focused on Innovation and Research for Water Infrastructure in the 21st Century
  • Lecturer, 8th Annual Distinguished Lecture Series in Sustainable Development, Cambridge University, United Kingdom
  • Lecturer, 2007 Thomas R. Camp Lecture, Boston Society of Civil Engineers
  • Participant, Innovations for an Urban World: A Global Summit, The Rockefeller Foundation, Bellagio, Italy, July 2007