Linda Macpherson

New Water ReSources Founder and Managing Member

linda_macphersonMs. Macpherson is actively involved in water resource-related planning, research, and professional organizations addressing water resources issues, including the WateReuse Association Board of Directors and Executive Committee, WateReuse Foundation Board of Directors, Chair of Women in Water for the International Water Association, Water Environment Federation (WEF): Past Chair of the Public Communication and Outreach Committee and WEF Communications Chair for the Microconstituents Community of Practice (CoP), member of the WEF Reuse Committee, American Water Works Association (AWWA) Reuse Video Subcommittee, WateReuse Association Education Committee and Desalination Committee, and Association of Clean Water Agencies of Oregon (ACWA).

Masters of Public Administration, Portland State University, 1980
B.A., magna cum laude, University of Massachusetts-Amherst (Phi Beta Kappa), 1971

Awards and Recognition
Received the WateReuse Association’s 2009 WateReuse Person of the Year Award, National Fellow, American Leadership Forum, 1999 WEF Public Education Award for work on the Pacific Northwest Clean Water Agencies (PNCWA) Education Committee, 1992 America’s Clean Water Foundation (ACWF) President’s Award for support of water quality stewardship initiatives, and the 1995 ACWA Special Award for long-term contributions in support of the ACWA communication and education agenda

Work Experience

  • 30 years of experience as a consultant, policy advisor and strategist for sustainable water management
  • Recognized for work conceptualizing and managing the development of interpretive/education centers, including environmental educational exhibits, videos, interactive computer programs, and printed materials
  • Expert in helping communities make informed decisions and inspiring a new vision and appreciation for integrated water solutions
  • Sought-after speaker on water policy at national and international conferences

Reuse Principal Technologist (2009-2015), Vice President (2000-2009), and 
Co-Global Technology Leader for Reuse Services (2005-2006) at CH2M HILL. Over 20 years at CH2M HILL also served as Senior Policy Planner, Client Service Manager, and Senior Technologist. Linda’s efforts to build public understanding and acceptance of water reuse were instrumental in CH2M winning the 2015 Stockholm Industry Water Award, from the Stockholm International Water Institute.

Manager, Environmental Policy and Education Division/Bureau of Environmental Services, City of Portland. Policy advisor to Commissioner Earl Blumenauer and one of the principal authors of the Clean Rivers Program.

Staff Assistant to Portland City Commissioner Earl Blumenauer and Multnomah County Executive Dennis Buchanan with a focus on  environmentaL quality and governmental structure issues.

Area Manager, Oregon Land Conservation and Development Commission – managed the Portland metropolitan area’s process to create the first comprehensive land use plans in the state. The plans were designed to reflect a balance between the statewise planning goals and the vision of the local citizens while protecting the interests of the state of Oregon.

Research Assistant and Policy Analyst, U.S. Presidential Advisory Committee — the Citizens Advisory Committee on Environmental Quality — authored “From Rails to Trails,” a publication acclaimed by the New York Times, Washington Post, Christian Science Monitor, Wall Street Journal, and others, and “How Will America Grow: A Citizen’s Guide to Land Use Planning.”

Publications and Presentations

“Public Outreach for Informed Acceptance.” World Water: Reuse & Desalination. Published by WEF Publishing UK Ltd. in association with WateReuse Association and WateReuse Research Foundation. Volume 6, Issue 2. Summer 2015.  P. 14.

An extensive list can be provided upon request