Co-Founder and Chairman
The Furman Group, Inc.

A leader in developing innovative financing solutions involving both private and government financing for the development of water, wastewater, and infrastructure projects throughout the United States, Mr. Furman is a nationally recognized water policy expert. For over three decades, he has provided specialized consulting and government relations assistance to both public agencies and private clients in the areas of water and infrastructure development. His firm’s clients are the major national players in developing and implementing Federal policy objectives. Mr. Furman has been at the center of Colorado River and other California water management issues for his entire career. Recently, he led the effort to reform and revitalize Title XVI legislation, a program which he conceived of and worked for its passage in 1992. This program remains a vital tool for funding water recycling and reuse projects in the West.

Mr. Furman served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Interior for Water and Science in the Administration of President Ronald Reagan. He was responsible for the management of the Bureau of Reclamation and served as the principal water policy advisor to three Secretaries of the Interior. In 1984, Mr. Furman negotiated and signed a landmark technical assistance agreement between the United States and the People’s Republic of China involving the construction of the Three Gorges Dam. In recognition of this work, Engineering News-Record magazine recognized Mr. Furman as one of its Men of the Year in 1985. Prior to becoming Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Interior, Mr. Furman served as Special Counsel to the Commissioner of the Bureau of Reclamation and as Legislative Counsel to United States Senator Paul Laxalt of Nevada. After leaving government service in 1985, Mr. Furman became a partner in a large international law firm specializing in natural resources and international trade. In 1992, Mr. Furman formed The Furman Group, Inc.

Mr. Furman has also served as the Executive Director of the New Water Supply Coalition, a U.S. based advocacy group comprised of some of the nation’s largest water utilities which he conceived of and formed. He designed and directed the Coalition’s lobbying campaign, oversaw an extensive public relations and advertising campaign, and served as the media spokesman for the Coalition.

In addition to his role as Chairman of The Furman Group, Mr. Furman serves on Board of Directors for the Dui Hua Foundation.


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