Also honored with prestigious Shirley Agnos Legacy Award from Arizona Town Hall
CAP Board President Lisa Atkins was recently recognized with two prominent awards for her leadership and public service.
Leadership West, a West Valley leadership organization, named Atkins 2017 Civic Leader of the Year at a ceremony earlier this month. Atkins, an alumnus of Leadership West’s first leadership-development class, was acknowledged for her work on the Central Arizona Groundwater Replenishment District (CAGRD) 10-year plan. Prior to being elected president of CAP’s governing board, she served as board secretary and chairman of the CAGRD & Underground Storage Committee, a replenishment authority which is vital to the West Valley’s economic development and growth.
During her term as committee chairman, she helped guide an 18-month process of engaging stakeholders and other board members in developing a new 10-year plan of operation for the CAGRD, which was approved by the Arizona Department of Water Resources in 2015. Atkins’ knowledge of water management issues, combined with her leadership skills, were instrumental in achieving consensus and support for the new plan. Most recently, as leader of the CAWCD, she was instrumental in helping forge the state’s first public-private reclaimed water recharge facility with Liberty Utilities in Litchfield Park.
Atkins received Arizona Town Hall’s prestigious Shirley Agnos Leadership Award in early June, as well. The award is given annually to individuals based on their dedication to improving Arizona and the lives of its citizens; ability to create consensus positions from differing points of view; active advocacy on behalf of statewide issues; and reputation for garnering respect and integrity. The award is named in honor of Shirley Agnos, Arizona Town Hall president emerita, in recognition for her years of dedication and service.