Executive Director

Executive Director
New Water Supply Coalition

Hal Furman serves as executive director of the New Water Supply Coalition, an advocacy group consisting of water agencies that are pursuing projects to produce drinking water from seawater and brackish groundwater. Hal Furman and his firm, The Furman Group, Inc., are charged with the responsibility for leading the Coalition's efforts to win approval of a new federal program to promote the development of desalination projects and managing the day-to-day affairs of the coalition.

Hal Furman is the chairman and managing director of The Furman Group, Inc., a professional consulting firm with offices in Washington, D.C., and San Diego, California. The Furman Group provides professional consulting services to clients involved in the development and financing of water, sanitation, energy, and transportation projects. Since its inception more than a decade ago, The Furman Group has advised some of the largest municipal water and sanitation districts and investor-owned utilities in the United States. The firm has been a leader in developing innovative financing plans involving both private and government financing for the development of water, wastewater, airport, and other infrastructure projects. The firm annually helps its clients access tens of millions of federal dollars for important infrastructure projects.

Prior to founding The Furman Group in 1992, Hal Furman was a partner in the Washington, D.C. office of an international law firm that he joined after serving as principal deputy assistant secretary of the Interior for Water and Science in President Ronald Reagan's Administration. In that capacity, Hal Furman was responsible for the management of the Bureau of Reclamation, the U.S. Geological Survey, and the Bureau of Mines. Hal Furman served as the principal water policy adviser to three Secretaries of the Interior. Prior to joining the Reagan Administration, Hal Furman served as Legislative Counsel to United States Senator Paul Laxalt of Nevada and was a practicing attorney in Reno, Nevada.

In 1994 Hal Furman was a candidate for the United States Senate in Nevada. He captured the Republican nomination but was narrowly defeated in the general election by the incumbent United States Senator.

Following the 2000 elections, Hal Furman served as a member of the Department of the Interior transition team for President-elect George W. Bush. Hal Furman currently serves on the Board of Trustees of the Desert Research Institute, a nonprofit division of the University of Nevada system that pursues a full time program of basic and applied environmental research on a national and international scale. He also serves on the board of directors of the Dui Hua Foundation.

Hal Furman graduated from the University of Southern California and earned a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Southern California Law Center.



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