Bill Cesanek is a CDM Smith vice president specializing in sustainable infrastructure planning, smart city utility technology, and geographic information systems. His experience extends across many sectors, including water resources, infrastructure, and environmental planning and permitting, water reliability, and web development. A relentless champion for water in the planning community, Bill is the current Chair of the Water Task Force of the American Planning Association, where he's played a crucial role in establishing the importance of water as a central organizing element in healthy urban environments. With a steady focus on driving innovation, Bill has also developed a number of complex web applications, including an Early Warning System addressing surface water pollution for the Philadelphia Water Department.
What inspires you? The conviction that I (and my many talented colleagues) can help to create a smarter and more sustainable future through better infrastructure and city planning efforts.
What does “listen. think. deliver.” mean to you? Too often, consultants are accused of molding their client’s challenges to a pre-established model or past project so that earlier work can be recycled. So really listening to the challenge and getting into the client’s shoes is critical in the beginning, middle and end of a project life cycle. Our clients ask for our expertise to help them solve their problems, so thinking intensively and creatively can result in shared solutions that really deliver for everyone involved.
What is the best part of your work day? Having the opportunity to interact with so many talented professionals at CDM Smith, working on projects, mentoring staff, advancing professional and market strategies and thinking across disciplines.
What are your 3 non-work passions? Music (listening to live and recorded music and recording my own music), biking and enjoying good wine and food.