SACRAMENTO – The California Water Data Consortium, a nonprofit organization that supports cross-sector collaboration on the implementation of the Open and Transparent Water Data Act, announced today that its Board of Directors has appointed Tara Moran as president and CEO. Widely respected in the fields of water resources, data management, and public-private collaboration, Tara previously led Stanford Water in the West’s Sustainable Groundwater program. She will join the Consortium on August 3, 2020.
“Tara brings immense talent, creativity, and strategic acumen to the California Water Data Consortium as it embarks on a critically important mission for California’s climate resiliency and water security”, said Mike Myatt, Board Chair. “As the CEO, Tara’s expertise, as well as her dedication to collaboration among public, private, and nonprofit partners, will help steer California’s efforts to develop a world-class open and transparent water data regime. We’re thrilled to welcome her to the team.”
Tara joins the Consortium with over 15 years in water management and data collection, sharing, and integration. She has worked with interdisciplinary research teams at Stanford University to develop solutions to the legal, technical, and governance challenges of sustainable groundwater management. Tara received a B.Sc. in Environmental Sciences and Ph.D. in Geography from the University of Calgary, Canada.
“As a startup nonprofit, the Consortium has an incredible opportunity and responsibility to help California meet its ambitious water data goals, prepare for worsening floods, droughts, and fires, and engage diverse stakeholders to join forces and innovate together,” said Tara Moran. “I am honored to join the Consortium and look forward to deepening my work with local, state, and federal partners to leverage California’s innovative spirit and address our most pressing water and climate challenges.”
In addition to her role at Stanford Water in the West, Tara was a co-founder and the Chief Operating Officer of a software start-up developing geologic visualization and exploration tools. She was also a founding partner for the Groundwater Exchange, a central, collaborative, and publicly accessible online resource center to support implementation of the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act. Tara remains an active member of the Groundwater Exchange’s Board.
Incorporated in 2019, the Consortium was developed based on recommendations from the Water Data Advisory Council, a team of experts convened by the Governor’s Office of Planning and Research to identify needs critical for the successful implementation of the Open and Transparent Water Data Act.
On June 26, 2020, the Consortium and Partner Agency Team (a collaboration of state agencies implementing AB 1755) will host an online public meeting. Join the event to meet Tara and discuss the organization’s initial priorities. Find more information about the Consortium and June 26th event at https://cawaterdata.org.