Pat Mulroy A leader in the international water community for more than 25 years, Pat Mulroy serves as the Senior Fellow for Climate Adaptation and Environmental Policy at University of Nevada—Las Vegas’ Brookings Mountain West, a joint research and policy development center created by Nevada’s largest institute of higher education and the internationally renowned Brookings Institution. She also holds a faculty position at the Desert Research Institute, where she serves as the Maki Distinguished Faculty Associate. Mulroy is also a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution’s Metropolitan Policy Program.
Between 1989 and early 2014, Pat Mulroy served as General Manager of the Las Vegas Valley Water District, a municipal purveyor serving more than 350,000 accounts, and the Southern Nevada Water Authority (SNWA), the regional agency responsible for acquiring, treating and delivering water to two million Southern Nevadans and 40 million annual visitors. Mulroy was a principal architect of the SNWA, helping to guide Southern Nevada through an unprecedented period of growth and one of the worst droughts in the history of the Colorado River.
As general manager of one of the country’s most progressive water agencies, Mulroy was exceptionally active in regional and national water issues, a passion she brings to her current roles. During her long tenure, she negotiated numerous agreements with neighboring Colorado River Basin States and the country of Mexico. Her reach in the water community extends far beyond the desert Southwest. She currently serves as a member emeritus of the Water Research Foundation Board of Trustees. She previously was on the board of the National Water Resources Association and was a member of the American Water Works Association. Additionally, she was the original chairperson of the Western Urban Water Coalition, is immediate past president of the Association of Metropolitan Water Agencies, and has served on the Colorado River Water Users Association’s board of directors.
At UNLV’s Brookings Mountain West and DRI, Mulroy’s focus is on helping communities in water-stressed areas throughout both the American Southwest and the world develop strategies to address increased water resource volatility and identify solutions that balance the needs of all stakeholders. In her faculty role at DRI, Mulroy also will explore the role of technology in optimizing the use of water resources.
A resident of Southern Nevada for more than three decades, Mulroy is equally active in the community. She currently serves on the board of the Keep Memory Alive Foundation, and she has served on the Nevada Public Radio Board of Directors. Mulroy also is actively involved with the Diocese of Las Vegas and has served on the Board of Regents of Bishop Gorman High School. Her honors include National Jewish Medical and Research Center’s Humanitarian Award, the University and Community College System of Nevada Board of Regents' Distinguished Nevadan Award, and the Education Hero Award from the Public Education Foundation.