Greg Baird

Greg Baird is a Principal Consultant with Black & Veatch’s Global Advisory business focused on water, sewer and storm management consulting, rates and financial decision making.  He has served as a the President of the Water Finance Research Foundation, a municipal finance officer in California and as the CFO of Colorado’s third largest utility – implementing an asset management program and overseeing all financial aspects of a $150M water, wastewater, and storm drain annual operation and $2B capital program. He has worked for MWH (Stantec) and GHD on many financial (rates, consent decree affordability, bond feasibility and capital planning projects) and asset management engagements. Greg has a Master’s in Public Administration,  BAMI AWAM certification (Associate Water Asset Manager) and a Professional Certificate in Infrastructure Financial Management from IPWEA. He combines his public finance and infrastructure asset management background to develop compelling drivers to apply analytical tools to support better financial decision-making. He has worked with several firms such as Cityworks (Trimble), Pure Tech, Xylem, Fracta, SewerAI and many others digital/AI/Machine Learning asset management technologies to improve their products and gain wider acceptance in the US water market. Greg is involved with the AWWA, WEF, APWA, GFOA, ASCE and ISO water and sewer asset management initiatives, focusing on integrating finance. He is widely published and presents on municipal utility infrastructure asset management, utility finance,  water affordability and sustainability issues in the North American water industry.

Finance and technology consultant

Presentation Title:  

Water is Affordable: Not Investing in Water Makes It Unsustainable