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Board of Directors

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Chairwoman
Gloria D. Gray
Gloria D. Gray is chairwoman of the Metropolitan Water District Board of Directors, the first African-American to lead the board and only the second woman to do so in the district’s 90-year history.



Vice Chair
Jerry Butkiewicz

Butkiewicz was appointed to the Water Authority’s Board of Directors in 2016 to represent the city of San Diego.

Vice Chair
Cynthia Kurtz

Kurtz has held a number of positions in the public and non-profit sectors including City Manager for the City of Pasadena and Interim City Manager for cities of Covina and Santa Ana; COO for River LA, and President of the San Gabriel Valley Economic Partnership.

Vice Chair
Lorraine A. Paskett

Paskett served as senior assistant general manager of sustainability programs and external affairs at the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power. 

Secretary
Judy Abdo

​A Santa Monica councilmember from 1988 to 1996, Abdo served three years as that city's mayor.

Chairwoman
Gloria D. Gray
Born:
 ​Houston, Texas
Represents on MWD board:West Basin Municipal Water District
Joined MWD board:
​April 2009
Current MWD committee appointments:

Chair - Board; Executive Committee





























































Professional and community activities:
Gloria D. Gray is chairwoman of the Metropolitan Water District Board of Directors, the first African-American to lead the board and only the second woman to do so in the district’s 90-year history.
 
Gray began her career in water in 2006, when she was elected to the West Basin Municipal Water District Board of Directors. She was the first African-American woman elected to that board in its 65 years and served as board president in 2010. She represents the Division II cities of Inglewood, South Ladera Heights, Lennox and the areas of Athens, Howard and Ross-Sexton. In 2009, Gray was appointed to Metropolitan’s Board of Directors to serve as one of two West Basin representatives. 


She was the first African-American woman to serve as Vice Chair of the Metropolitan Board, was the first African-American woman to chair a Board meeting in the 86-year agency history and serves on the Executive Committee, Personnel and Technology Committee, Special Committee on Bay-Delta, and Vice Chair of Communication and Legislative Committee. In 2017, Gray was appointed chair of Water Planning, and Stewardship Committee, making her the first African-American woman to chair this important committee which focuses on MWD water projects and programs. 

In March 2009, she was appointed by the L.A. County Board of Supervisors to serve on a water quality Community Task Force, which is part of the County’s Clean Water, Clean Beaches Initiative to address pollution in our local waterways that include rivers, lakes, bays, beaches, and coastal waters. (Gray, an Inglewood resident, was elected to the Inglewood Unified School District Board of Education in 1995 and served as President for 2 terms.)

In April 2010, Gray was appointed to the Delta Stewardship Council by former Assembly Speaker Karen Bass and served a four-year term.  She served through July 2014 and was the first African American and African American woman to serve on the council.  In 2011, she met with stakeholders from up and down the State and suggested the Delta Council hold public forums to gain broader knowledge in order to develop a comprehensive Delta Plan.

In May 2012, she was confirmed by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors as a member of the Oversight Commission for the dissolution of the City of Carson Redevelopment Agency.  In 2013, she was recruited by the White House Obama Administration to interview for a Cabinet position in the Department of the Interior. 

In 2014, the West Basin Board of Directors appointed Gray as their representative to the Association of California Water Agencies Region 8 currently serves as Vice Chair, and ACWA Joint Powers Insurance Authority.  She was appointed to represent West Basin as a voting board member on the Santa Monica Bay Restoration Commission and the Commission elected her to the Executive Committee and the Commission’s Authority.  During her first term, Gray initiated West Basin’s Local Business Enterprise Program and Local Banking Program that allows local businesses to better compete for work and enhances the local community within West Basin’s service area.

In recognition of her commitment to community service, Gray received an acknowledgement proclamation from the Board of Directors of the Metropolitan Water District in recognition of her service and outstanding leadership on the Delta Stewardship Council; she received the 2014 African Legacy Award as the first African-American woman to be elected to the Board of Directors of the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California; received the Outstanding Community Honoree award from The A-Man, Inc. STEM International on June 7, 2013; in March 2013 she was inducted into the National Association of University Women’s Hall of Fame for exceptional leadership; was honored in October 2012 by the Southern California Water Committee with the “Honorable Harriett Wieder” award for leadership in water; Friends of the Sisters at the Well for her leadership in civic and public engagement; and the Friends of Ballona Wetlands for her leadership on current and future water supply issues.

In the past years, she has commendations from former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosia, current Mayor Eric Garcetti and numerous elected officials.  Gray is a Union Member of SEIU Local 721 for over 30 years.  Gray earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in the Business Administration Program at the University of Redlands and her Health Services Management Certificate from the University of California Los Angeles, and a Masters in Governance from Special District.  She retired as a Health Care Administrator from the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services.















Vice Chair
Jerry Butkiewicz
Born:

Chicago, IL

Represents on MWD board:San Diego County Water Authority
Joined MWD board:

August 2018

Current MWD committee appointments:

Vice Chair:  Executive Committee

Member: Audit and Ethics Committee; Communications and Legislation Committee











Water Industry affiliations:

Butkiewicz was appointed to the Water Authority’s Board of Directors in 2016 to represent the city of San Diego.

Professional and community activities:
​Butkiewicz began his career as a U.S. postal clerk and member of the American Postal Workers Union in Phoenix. In 1980, he and his family moved to California, where he was elected president of the local APWU and worked at an Oceanside post office. From 1982 to 1995, he worked as the labor liaison at the San Diego United Way.

 

In 1996, Butkiewicz was elected secretary-treasurer of the San Diego and Imperial Counties Labor Council, a post he held until 2008. He then accepted a position as workforce readiness manager for Sempra Energy, from which he retired in 2016.

 

Butkiewicz resides in San Diego with his wife and children.

Vice Chair
Cynthia Kurtz
Born:

Harrisburg, PA

Represents on MWD board:City of Pasadena
Joined MWD board:

April 2013

Current MWD committee appointments:

Vice Chair: Executive Committee; Communications and Legislation Committee; and Water Planning and Stewardship Committee
Member: Facilities Naming Ad Hoc Committee; Special Committee on Bay-Delta; Real Property and Asset Management Committee; Audit and Ethics Committee; Conservation and Local Resources Committee
























































































Professional and community activities:

Kurtz has held a number of positions in the public and non-profit sectors including City Manager for the City of Pasadena and Interim City Manager for cities of Covina and Santa Ana; COO for River LA, and President of the San Gabriel Valley Economic Partnership.



She also served as an adjunct professor for the University of La Verne Graduate Program for Public Administration where she taught Public and Nonprofit Ethics and Collaborative Decision Making. She previously penned a weekly column on business, jobs and the economy for the San Gabriel Valley Newspaper group.



Currently she serves on the Advisory Board for Leadership Pasadena and is co-chair with her husband Jim McDermott for the capital campaign for Villa Esperanza Services.

Vice Chair
Lorraine A. Paskett
Represents on MWD board:City of Los Angeles
Joined MWD board:

December 2015​

Current MWD committee appointments:

Vice Chair - Executive Committee; Audit and Ethics Committee



Member: Finance and Insurance Committee; Legal and Claims Committee; Special Committee on Bay-Delta; and Water Planning and Stewardship Committee

Water Industry Affiliations:
Paskett served as senior assistant general manager of sustainability programs and external affairs at the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power.  At LADWP, she helped revamp utility programs to support accelerated adoption of alternative vehicle fuel programs, oversaw permitting for electric and water infrastructure, and managed greenhouse gas emission reduction programs, local solar, energy efficiency and water conservation programs.
Professional and community activities:

​Paskett is the owner of Cambridge LCF Group, a La Cañada Flintridge-based energy consulting firm, formed in 2012 and focused on climate change policies, new energy technologies and emerging energy markets.  She also owns and manages Lavette Properties and Paskett Winery.

In addition, she was a vice president for First Solar, an international solar-power company, developing business, market, environmental and energy regulatory compliance plans for California and was a director for seven years at the Pacific Gas and Electric Co.

A member of the California State Bar, Paskett previously served as an assistant public defender in Sacramento County.  She also worked as a senior staff advisor to then-state Assembly Speaker Willie L. Brown, Jr., and as policy director for then-Assembly Majority Leader Kevin Shelley.

Paskett earned a law degree from the University of the Pacific’s McGeorge School of Law and received a bachelor’s degree in government from California State University, Sacramento.





Secretary
Judy Abdo
Born:

Los Angeles, CA

Represents on MWD board:City of Santa Monica
Joined MWD board:

June 1996

Current MWD committee appointments:
Secretary: Executive Committee;  Vice Chair: Conservation and Local Resources Committee; Member: Communications and Legislation Committee; and Water Planning and Stewardship Committee
Professional and community activities:
​A Santa Monica councilmember from 1988 to 1996, Abdo served three years as that city's mayor.  She is a vice chair of the First 5 LA Commission.  She co-chairs Santa Monica Forward, and is a member of the EV subcommittee of the Santa Monica Environmental Task Force.  She serves on the board of the Ocean Park Association.

She retired as the Director of Child Development Services for the Santa Monica Malibu Unified School District.  Abdo was the assistant director of the Norton Family Office and Peter Norton Family Foundation.  She also served four years as council deputy for the city of West Hollywood, as director of nonprofit Ocean Park Community Organization and for 13 years as an elementary school teacher.  She was the administrator of the Church in Ocean Park.

She was a long-time member of the steering committee of Santa Monicans for Renters' Rights. She served as chair of the Urban Forest Task Force and the Santa Monica Pier Corporation in the City of Santa Monica.

She is a member of the Santa Monica Early Education and Childcare Task Force and has been a member of the Lifelong Learning Steering Committee and the Committee for Excellent Public Schools. She was a founder of Sojourn Shelter for battered women and children, a founder of the Santa Monica Pier Restoration Corp and a former board member of the Neighborhood Support Center and Santa Monica AIDS Project. She also is a former member of the Ocean Park Community Center board of directors, where she was a member for 19 years.

Abdo has served as liaison to Santa Monica's Planning Commission, Environmental Task Force, Airport Commission, Commission on the Status of Women, Commission on Older Americans, Arts Commission and the Recreation and Parks Commission. She has a bachelor's degree from the University of California at Santa Barbara in early childhood education and has done graduate work in human development at Pacific Oaks College.































Linda Ackerman
Linda Ackerman
Born: Denver, CO
Joined MWD board: April 2008
Current MWD committee appointments:
Chair- Special Committee on Bay-Delta; Member - Communications and Legislation Committee; Conservation and Local Resources Committee;  Water Planning and Stewardship Committee and the Audit and Ethics Committee
Professional and community activities:

​Ackerman presently serves as vice chair for the Santa Ana Regional Water Quality Control District. She has served on the board since 2010. She was appointed by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and reappointed by Gov. Jerry Brown.

She also serves on the Federal Affairs Committee at the Association of California Water Agencies. She served as chair of the Federal Affairs Committee from 2010 through 2016.

Ackerman is Vice Chair of the Santa Ana Regional Water Quality Control Board.  She also represents the Regional Water Quality Control Board as a member of the Santa Ana Watershed Project Authority’s One Water One Watershed board, an innovative Integrated Regional Water Management Plan.

Ackerman is a member of the board of directors of USCB America, Inc., a California receivable and management company. She has been an active member of the Assistance League of Fullerton for many years and served in leadership capacities, as well as serving as a national board member. Ackerman is a member of the California Women’s Leadership Association and many other community and civic organizations.

She served as the National Committeewoman for California on the Republican National Committee from 2008 to 2016. She also serves on the advisory committee for the California Federation of Republican Women and as president for the Marian Bergeson Excellence in Public Service Series.

Robert O. Apodaca
Robert O. Apodaca
Born: ​Santa Monica, California
Joined MWD board ​June 2003 to August 2009; February 2013 to January 2017; February 2019
Current MWD committee appointments: ​Member:  Special Committee on Bay Delta
Water industry affiliations:

Apodaca, a retired social services worker, returns to Metropolitan's board for the third time.  First elected to the Central Basin board in November 1998, he currently serves as Central Basin's board president.  He is a member of the Association of California Water Agencies, the San Gabriel Valley Protective Association and the California Contract Cities Association.

Professional and community activities:

A graduate of Woodbury University, Apodaca was an administrative coordinator for former Los Angeles Mayor Sam Yorty.  He also worked at the Association of Motion Picture and Television Producers and was a field director to then-Los Angeles City Councilman Art Snyder.  In addition, he was the community relations and government liaison for the city of Los Angeles’ Project Heavy, an anti-gangs program, and was partner with A&A Communications.

Richard Atwater
Richard Atwater
Born: ​Long Beach, Calif.
Represents on MWD board:Foothill Municipal Water District
Joined MWD board: ​April 2014
Current MWD committee appointments:
Chair: Water Planning and Stewardship Committee; Member: Executive Committee; Legal and Claims Committee; Conservation and Local Resources; and the Special Committee on Bay-Delta
Water industry affiliations:

Atwater currently serves as Foothill's board chairman.  He previously served on the board of the Crescenta Valley Water District.

 

He  was the executive director from 2010 to March 2016 and is currently serving as  Senior Advisor of the Southern California Water Coalition, a nonprofit,  nonpartisan public education partnership dedicated to informing Southern  Californians about the region's water needs and the state's water resources.  He also was President of the national WaterReuse Association (2007-2010) and President of the Southern California Alliance of POTWs (SCAP) from 2006-2010.

 

Prior to joining the SCWC in 2010, Atwater was chief executive officer and general manager of the Inland Empire Utilities Agency for more than a decade and before that served as president of Bookman-Edmonston Engineering, Inc., a water resource consulting firm.  From 1990 to 1996, he was general manager of West and Central Basin municipal water districts, which during that time operated under one administrative staff.  He previously managed Metropolitan's resources division for four years.  He is also representing Metropolitan, as Vice Chair of the Delta Conveyance Design and Construction Joint Powers Authority Board of Directors.

 

Atwater served on the California Water Commission, the 2001 Drought Task Force, the 2003 Water Recycling Task Force and the 2006 Desalination Task Force.  He was presented the Conservation Service Award, the highest citizen honor for resources management, by U.S. Secretary of the Interior Bruce Babbitt in 1994.  He also is a three-time recipient of the Economic and Environmental Balance Award under governors Pete Wilson, Gray Davis and Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Professional and community activities:

Atwater earned a bachelor's degree in geology and environmental science from Stanford University and a master's degree in urban and regional planning from the University of Southern California.

 

Sylvia Ballin
Sylvia Ballin
Born: East Los Angeles, CA
Represents on MWD board:City of San Fernando
Joined MWD board: September to November 2018; May 2019
Current MWD committee appointments:
Member: Audit and Ethics Committee and the Organization, Personnel and Technology Committee
Professional and community activities:
  

Ballin is currently serving her third term on the San Fernando City Council, where she was first elected in 2011 and served as mayor from 2014 to 2015 and from 2017 to 2018.  Prior to her election, Ballin spent six years on San Fernando's Transportation and Safety Commission.

 

Prior to joining the Metropolitan board, Ballin worked at the district for 21 years, retiring in 2007 as a principal administrative analyst in the facilities management section.

During her Metropolitan career, she served on several employee organizations, including as president of the Women's Association for Equal Opportunity and the Hispanic Employees Association, and as vice president of the Native American/Alaskan Native Employees Organization and the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Local 1902, Group 12.

 

Ballin currently chairs the California Latino Water Coalition Foundation and is president of the Independent City Finance Authority.  As a councilmember, she established a scholarship program administered by the San Fernando Education Commission and initiated a Foster Care Fun Day Picnic for local foster children. 

 

She earned a bachelor's degree in business administration from the University of La Verne.  She also holds an associate of arts degree from Los Angeles Mission College.

She and her husband, Gary, live in San Fernando and have two children and four grandchildren.

Brett R. Barbre
Brett R. Barbre
Born: ​Fullerton, CA
Joined MWD board: ​December 2009
Current MWD committee appointments:
​Member:  Audit and Ethics Committee; Communications and Legislation Committee; Engineering and Operations Committee; and Finance and Insurance Committee
Water Industry affiliations:
Barbre has served on the board of  directors of the Municipal Water District of Orange County since November 2000  and is the current vice president.   Barbre represents the cities of Brea, Buena Park, La Habra, La Palma,  Placentia and Yorba Linda. He previously served as an elected member of the  Yorba Linda Water District's Board of Directors from 1998 to 2000.
Professional and community activities:
Barbre held various positions during more than seven years with the office of the Orange County Treasurer-Tax Collector, including chief assistant treasurer-tax collector, deputy treasurer-tax collector and public information officer. He also spent seven years on the staff of U.S. Rep. William E. Dannemeyer, who at the time was ranking member of the Subcommittee on Health & the Environment.
Steve Blois
Steve Blois
Born: ​Phoenix, AZ
Represents on MWD board:Calleguas MWD
Joined MWD board: ​March 2014
Current MWD committee appointments:
Member - Engineering and Operations Committee; Agriculture and Industry Relations Committee; Special Committee on Bay-Delta; Conservation and Local Resources Committee; and Finance and Insurance Committee
Professional and community activities:

​A licensed general engineering contractor, Blois managed Blois Construction for 20 years, retiring in 2003. He maintains a consulting practice serving the construction industry.

 

Blois is appointed as one of two Metropolitan representatives on the Delta Conveyance Design and Construction Joint Powers Authority Board of Directors.  In 2008, Blois was appointed by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger to the Los Angeles Regional Water Quality Control Board, where he served a four-year term. He also was a board member and secretary of Crestview Mutual Water Company from 1996 to 2014.

 

A management trustee for the Laborers of Southern California Health & Welfare Trust Fund, Blois also serves on the advisory board of the Camarillo Boys & Girls Club. He is past president of the Ventura County Contractors Association and the Associated General Contractors of California, where he remains a member.

 

Blois served as a member of California State University, Channel Islands' Foundation Board from 2003 to 2012, serving as board chair from 2009 to 2011. In 2013, he received CSUCI's Robert J. Lagomarsino Award for his contribution to and support for the university. He continues to oversee CSUCI's Courtyard Committee, which manages the restoration of many of the university's courtyards. 

 

Blois earned a bachelor's degree in industrial engineering from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo.  He lives in Camarillo and has two adult daughters.

 

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Gloria Cordero
Gloria Cordero
Born: ​Long Beach, CA
Represents on MWD board:City of Long Beach
Joined MWD board: September 2016
Current MWD committee appointments:
​Chair: Communications and Legislation Committee; Member: Executive Committee; Water Planning and Stewardship Committee;  Special Committee on Bay-Delta; Agriculture and Industry Relations;  Conservation and Local Resources;  and Organization, Personnel and Technology Committee
Water industry affiliations:
Cordero has served on the Long Beach Board of Water Commissioners since January 2015.
Professional and community activities:

Cordero is a principal at Cordero & Associates, a Long Beach-based public affairs consulting firm she founded in 2008. In 2006, then Mayor Bob Foster appointed her as the city's deputy director of community affairs, where she managed education, workforce development, nonprofits and business, and community outreach. 
 

Cordero previously was the government affairs director for Long Beach City College and a regional manager for Southern California Edison. She started at Edison as an educational representative, where she developed and implemented energy-efficiency and safety programs for school districts in Los Angeles, the South Bay and Long Beach.

 

Cordero has a long history of community service in Long Beach where she served as a board member on the Long Beach Chamber of Commerce, Leadership Long Beach, Long Beach Nonprofit Partnership and the California Conference for Equality and Justice (formerly National Conference for Christians and Jews). She is currently a member of the Long Beach YMCA Metro Board. Cordero, a former educator, has also done over 40 years of volunteer work with the Navajo Nation in Arizona where she was appointed by then President Pete Zah to the board of the First Navajo and Library Foundation in Window Rock, Arizona.

 

A Long Beach native, Cordero received her master's degree in public administration from the University of Southern California and a bachelor's degree in sociology from California State University at Long Beach.

 

Cordero and her husband, Mario Cordero, have two children and three grandsons.

 

















































    

 
Glen Dake
Glen Dake
Born: Saratoga Springs, NY
Represents on MWD board:City of Los Angeles
Joined MWD board: ​May 2014
Current MWD committee appointments:
​Chair: Finance and Insurance Committee; Member: Executive Committee; Real Property and Asset Management Committee and Special Committee on Bay-Delta
Water industry affiliations

Active in Southern California watershed and groundwater issues, Dake helped lead the successful 2000 campaign to pass Proposition O, a Los Angeles city bond that provided up to $500 million for storm water projects. In 2001, he served on the then-City Councilman and current Mayor Eric Garcetti’s staff dealing with environmental issues.  He also participated on the state parks and water bond campaigns for Propositions 12, 50 and 84.



Professional and community activities:

Dake is chair of the  board of the California League of Conservation Voters, and a member of the Los Angeles Community Garden Council.  He also has been involved with various community groups dealing with cultural heritage, conservation, and community development.



A California licensed landscape architect, he has worked on campus improvements at the University of California, Los Angeles, and University of California, San Diego’s Scripps Institution of Oceanography.

Dake earned a bachelor’s degree in landscape architecture from Cornell University.





David D. De Jesus
David D. De Jesus
Born: ​​New York City, NY
Joined MWD board: ​March 2002
Current MWD committee appointments:
Vice Chair- Engineering and Operations Committee; Member -  Water Planning and Stewardship Committee 
Professional and community activities:

De Jesus is the President and C.E.O. of Covina Irrigating Company and is responsible for the day to day operations of the 135 year-old company. Their primary source of supply can be found locally in the San Gabriel Mountain watershed backed by groundwater wells in the Main San Gabriel Basin.   He has served as a director at Three Valleys Municipal Water District since 1997.

 

He holds a Masters’ Degree in Organizational Management and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Management from Azusa Pacific University. He has also earned degrees in Water Treatment Technology and Criminal Justice. De Jesus holds the highest Water Treatment and Water Distribution Certification levels issued by the State Water Resources Control Board.

 

He provided instruction for several years to hundreds of students as an Adjunct Professor at Citrus College specializing in water distribution and system design. 

 

De Jesus serves on numerous water boards in varying capacities including the Main San Gabriel Basin Water Master, The San Gabriel River Water Committee, The San Gabriel Valley Water Association, The Chino Basin Water Master.  During 2016, as Vice Chair to the MWD Board of Directors, De Jesus was appointed to the Executive Committee.  De Jesus was also appointed by Governor Brown to represent California water interests, representing Metropolitan, as an alternate to the Colorado River Board.

Larry D. Dick
Larry D. Dick
Born: ​Mexico, MO
Joined MWD board: ​August 2003
Current MWD committee appointments:
​Vice Chair: Agriculture and Industry Relations Committee; Member: Finance and Insurance Committee; Engineering and Operations Committee; Legal and Claims Committee; Real Property and Asset Management Committee; and Water Planning and Stewardship Committee
Water Industry affiliations:

​Larry D. Dick was first elected to the Municipal Water District of Orange County (MWDOC) Board of Directors in November 2000. He is also one of MWDOC's four representatives on the Metropolitan Board of Directors, where he has served since 2003. 

Professional and community activities:

President and CEO of the La Salle Group in Orange, Dick's business has been named Small Business of the Year by the Chamber of Commerce.

An active member of his community, Dick was nominated "Humanitarian of the Year" by the Orange Republican Women's Federation, is a member of American Legion, a 20-year Rotarian, and serves on the Leadership Council that supports St. Joseph Hospital. In addition, he is on the Board of Directors of Orange County Taxpayers Association, and has served on the board of the Santiago Canyon College Foundation.





Stephen J. Faessel
Stephen J. Faessel
Born: Anaheim, CA​
Represents on MWD board:City of Anaheim
Joined MWD board:​ ​June 2015
Current MWD committee appointments:
  Member:  Finance and Insurance Committee; Engineering and Operations Committ​ee; Facilities Naming Ad Hoc Committee; and Organization, Personnel and Technology Committee
Professional and community activities:

Stephen Faessel was elected to the City Council in November 2016 representing District 5, in east-central Anaheim. 

 

Since 2003, Faessel has served on the board of directors of the Anaheim Community Foundation.



From 2006 to 2013, he served on the Anaheim Planning Commission. Prior to the Planning Commission, Faessel served from 1998 to 2006 on the Anaheim Public Utility Board, including as chairman from 1999 to 2006.

 

As part of Faessel’s Public Utility Board appointment, he also served on the city’s General Plan Advisory Committee from 2001 through 2004. The committee oversaw the update of the city’s general plan guiding Anaheim’s future growth.

He also previously served as chair of Anaheim’s Budget, Investment and Technology Commission.

 

Along with civic involvement, Faessel has contributed his interest in preserving local history by serving on the board of trustees of the Anaheim Museum Inc. since 1990 and as president of the Anaheim Historical Society Inc. from 1999 to 2004.  Faessel continues to serve the Anaheim Historical Society as corresponding secretary.

 Faessel is a founding member of the Anaheim MUZEO where he currently serves as secretary of the board.

Since 1975, Faessel has been a continuing education instructor for the North Orange County Community College District in the field of electricity, electrical codes and utility systems. 

He was born in Anaheim in 1950 to parents active in the Orange County citrus industry. Faessel attended Anaheim’s St. Boniface Elementary School, Mater Dei High School in Santa Ana and graduated from California State University, Fullerton, with a degree in marketing.

 

Faessel is retired from a 50-year career in the retail hardware industry as merchandise manager for the 16-store Crown ACE Hardware chain. 

His wife of more than 45 years, Susan, is a retired career educator and previously served as vice chair of the Anaheim Public Utility Board and on the Library and Community Services board. She also is past president of the Kiwanis Club of Greater Anaheim. 

He and his wife have one son, a daughter-in-law and three grandsons.



Donald Galleano
Donald Galleano
Born: Los Angeles, CA​
Joined MWD board: May 2015
Current MWD committee appointments:
​Member: Agriculture and Industry Relations Committee; Communications and Legislation Committee; and Engineering and Operations Committee
Water industry affiliations

A member of Western’s Board of Directors since January 2005, Galleano represents the cities of Eastvale, Jurupa Valley and Norco and the communities of Mira Loma, Rubidoux and Glen Avon. Prior to joining Western’s board, he served for nearly 25 years on the board of Jurupa Community Services District.



Professional and community activities:

Galleano owns the Cantu-Galleano Ranch in Mira Loma, founded by his family in 1927 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The ranch is home to the Galleano Winery, a dry farming and completely organic operation.

 

Galleano serves on the boards of directors of the Chino Basin Watermaster, the Los Angeles County Fair Association and the National Orange Show Foundation in San Bernardino, as well as chairs the Pacific Rim Wine Competition. The past president of the Western Riverside County Businessman's Association and the Jurupa Chamber of Commerce, he also has served on the Santa Ana Watershed Project Authority.


 

















 















S. Gail Goldberg
S. Gail Goldberg
Born: ​San Bernardino, California
Represents on MWD board:San Diego County Water Authority
Joined MWD board: ​March 2019
Current MWD committee appointments:
​Member: Finance and Insurance Committee; Legal and Claims Committee and Water Planning and Stewardship Committee
Professional and community activities:

Goldberg retired in 2018 after eight years as the executive director of the Urban Land Institute in Los Angeles and has more than 20 years of city planning experience.  Before joining Urban Land Institute, she was the director of the Los Angeles City Planning Department from 2006 to 2010, where she was responsible for directing policies and activities of the department, including the development, maintenance and implementation of the city's General Plan and other special zoning plans.

 

Before her Los Angeles position, she spent 17 years with the city of San Diego's Planning Department, where she was planning director from 2000 to 2005 and oversaw a process to update the city's 20-year-old-general plan.

 

Goldberg has a degree in urban studies and planning from the University of California, San Diego.  She serves on the board of advisors for the University of Southern California's Center for Sustainable Cities and USC's Price School Masters of Planning Program.  She has served as a trustee of the Urban Land Institute and as chair of the San Diego/Tijuana Urban Land Institute District Council.

Jasmin A. Hall
Jasmin A. Hall
Represents on MWD board:Inland Empire Utilities Agency
Joined MWD board: ​February 2019
Current MWD committee appointments:
Member: Conservation and Local Resources Committee; Legal and Claims Committee; and the Organization, Personnel and Technology Committee
Water industry affiliations:
Hall is vice president of the IEUA Board of Directors, which she joined in 2013. Representing the city of Fontana and portions of Rialto and Bloomington, she serves as the agency’s representative to the Association of California Water Agencies and to the Chino Basin Desalter Authority, which manages the Chino Basin’s groundwater resources. She has served on the California Association of Sanitation Board of Directors since February 2017. 
Professional and community activities:

Hall has a history of community involvement, serving as the Fontana Planning Commission’s secretary and as chairwoman for the Fontana Parks and Recreation Commission. 

 

She holds a bachelor’s degree in business management from the University of Phoenix and a master’s degree in business from National University in San Diego.

Frank Heldman
Frank Heldman
Born: Chewelah, Washington  
Joined MWD board: ​February 2019
Current MWD Committee Appointments:
Member: Engineering and Operations Committee; Real Property and Asset Management Committee;  Operations, Personnel and Technology Committee.
Water Industry Affiliations:

Heldman has 32 years of experience in water operations for both municipal and private corporations.  He is director of operations for Liberty Utilities, a nationwide regulated water, wastewater, natural gas, electric, and propane/air utility company with a regional office in Downey.

 

Prior to joining Liberty, Heldman was the water utility manager for the city of Monterey Park for three years and assistant district manager for Golden State Water for 20 years.  His experience includes securing competitive grant funding under Proposition 84, which provided funds for safe drinking water, water quality and supply; assisting with groundwater basin remediation; and managing staff for water treatment and distribution systems.

 

Professional and community activities:

Heldman earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration and management from the University of Phoenix and a master’s degree in organizational leadership from Chapman University.

Michael T. Hogan
Michael T. Hogan
Born: ​San Diego, CA
Represents on MWD board:San Diego County Water Authority
Joined MWD board: ​September 2013
Current MWD committee appointments:
​Chair: Real Property and Asset Management Committee ; Member: Executive Committee; Special Committee ono Bay-Delta; Water Planning and Stewardship Committee; Organization, Personnel and Technology Committee; Audit and Ethics Committee; and Conservation and Local Resources Committee
Water industry affiliations:

Since 2006 Hogan has served as Santa Fe Irrigation District's representative on the San Diego County Water Authority's Board of Directors.  In this capacity, he has served as SDCWA Board chairman and Board secretary, and as the SDCWA's representative on the Colorado River Board of California.  Currently, he is a member of the SDCWA Board's Engineering and Operations Committee and Imported Water Committee.

 

Hogan retired in 2009 after a 40 year career in the wastewater industry. He served as general manager of the Encina Wastewater Authority from 1998 to 2009. He has been an active member of the California Water Environment Association for over 35 years including serving as statewide President in 1996-97. He has also served as director and executive committee member for the Water Environment Federation, director for the Southern California Alliance of Public-Owned Treatment Work.  Additionally, Hogan has been involved in California's Water Quality Control Institute, San Elijo Joint Powers Authority Citizen Advisory Committee on water reclamation and the San Diego Clean Water Program.

 

Hogan earned a bachelor's degree in business management from the University of Phoenix and an associate's degree in wastewater technology from Palomar College.  He is a certified wastewater treatment plant operator.

 

Russell Lefevre
Russell Lefevre
Born: ​Grafton, ND
Represents on MWD board:City of Torrance
Joined MWD board: ​October 2013
Current MWD committee appointments:
Vice Chair: Facilities Naming Ad Hoc Committee; Member: Water Planning and Stewardship Committee; Special Committee on Bay-Delta; Agriculture and Industry Relations Committee;  Conservation and Local Resources Committee; and Engineering and Operations
Water industry affiliations:
Lefevre is past member and chair of the city of Torrance’s Water Commission. He is a member and past President of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)-USA and the IEEE Society of Aerospace and Electronics Engineers.  He serves on IEEE committees on Global Public Policy, Smart Grid, Electrical Transportation and Humanitarian Technology.
Professional and community activities:

​Lefevre retired in 2002 after 30 years in small businesses specializing in remote sensing applications.  He served as a scientific advisor for U.S. Senator John D. "Jay" Rockefeller IV (R-W.Va.).

 

Lefevre earned a bachelor's and master's degree in Physics from the University of North Dakota and holds a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the University of California, Santa Barbara.  He holds an appointment as Adjunct Professor of Physics at the University of North Dakota.  He is a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
 
Lefevre and his wife, Carole, have three children and six grandchildren.













Tana McCoy
Tana McCoy
Born: ​Los Angeles, California
Represents on MWD board:City of Compton
Joined MWD board: August 2019
Current MWD committee appointments:
Professional and community activities:
McCoy retired in 2016 after 40 years as a Compton city employee to accept an appointment to represent Compton’s District 3 on the City Council. She was elected in 2017 to continue serving in that position. She was council liaison to the Mayor’s and City Council office for 30 years before transitioning into a senior administrative analyst position for the Compton Water Department.
 


For three decades, McCoy was the city’s staff representative on the Compton Commission on the Status of Women.  She also volunteered on various City Hall service committees and helped coordinate health fairs and other special events and programs in the city. 



She represents Compton on the Compton Creek Mosquito Abatement District Board, Compton Creek Task Force Revitalization Committee, Independent Cities Association, and is the city’s alternate representative to the League of California Cities.  



McCoy studied business at Associated Business College in Los Angeles.



































































Larry McKenney
Larry McKenney
Born: Somerset, KY
Joined MWD board October 2014​
Current MWD committee appointments:
​Chair: Legal and Claims Committee; Member: Executive Committee; Water Planning and Stewardship Committee; Audit and Ethics Committee; Conservation and Local Resources Committee; Communications and Legislation Committee; Organization, Personnel and Technology Committee; and Special Committee on Bay-Delta
Water industry affiliations:

McKenney served on Moulton Niguel Water District's board for six years, during which he also represented the district on the boards of directors of the San Juan Basin Authority.  He serves on the board of the Association of California Water Agencies and on the Board of Trustees of the Southern California Water Coalition.

Professional and community activities:

The executive general counsel to the Santa Ana Watershed Project Authority, McKenney has been a public agency attorney and headed a private law practice. He also has led the U.S. Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton’s Office of Water Resources and Orange County’s Watershed and Coastal Resources Division. In addition, he has worked for an engineering consulting firm.

McKenney is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy , and the University of Texas School of Law. He retired from the U.S. Marine Corps in 2007 after 22 years of service, including 13 years of active duty and nine years in the Reserves. McKenney and his wife, Connie, reside in Aliso Viejo and have twin sons.



John T. Morris
John T. Morris
Born: Pasadena, CA
Represents on MWD board:City of San Marino
Joined MWD board: ​March 1990
Current MWD committee appointments:
​Chair: Facilities Naming Ad Hoc Committee; Member: Communications and Legislation Committee; Engineering and Operations Committee; Special Committee on Bay-Delta; and Water Planning and Stewardship Committee; and Conservation and Local Resources
Water industry affiliations:

Owner and principal of Morris Water Resources Consultants, Morris has been professionally involved with the water industry for more than 50 years.

He previously represented MWD on the boards of the National Water Research Institute, the New Water Supply Coalition and the U.S. Desalination Coalition as Vice-Chair.  He also served in the House of Delegates for the Water Environment Federation where he also served as Vice-Chair of their Committee Leadership Council.

He also previously served as President of the Los Angeles Section of the American Society of Civil Engineers and the Los Angeles Section of the California Water Environment Association.  In addition, he chaired the Water Desalting Committee of the American Water Works Association, the WaterReuse Committee of the Water Environment Federation, the WaterReuse Subcommittee of the Association of California Water Agencies, the Water Issues Committee of the Southern California Association of Publicly Owned Treatment Works as well as the Reclamation Reuse Task Force of the State Water Conservation Coalition.

He also served as a director of the South Orange County Reclamation Authority, the California Water Environment Association and as a Founding Director of the San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary, Inc.

He is active in the WateReuse Association, Colorado River Water Users Association, Southern California Water Utilities Association and the Orange County Water Association.

Professional and community activities:
Morris is a former member of the Water Advisory Committee and a former Planning Commissioner for the city of San Marino. Morris was an active member of the Pasadena Tournament of Roses Association for 41 years and has served as a member of the San Marino City Club Board of Directors including as President in 2005. He is President of the San Marino Historical Society and Vice Chairman and Treasurer of Friends Of The Michael White Adobe.

He is a civil engineering graduate of the University of Southern California and is past President of the David M. Wilson Affiliates, the Civil Engineering alumni group, and serves on the Board of the Alumni Veterans Network.







John W. Murray Jr.
John W. Murray Jr.
Born: Commonwealth, VA
Represents on MWD board:City of Los Angeles
Joined MWD board: January 2006
Current MWD committee appointments:
Chair: Organization, Personnel and Technology Committee; Member - Executive Committee; Engineering and Operations Committee;  Special Committee on Bay-Delta; Communications and Legislation Committee; and Legal and Claims Committee
Professional and community activities:
Murray has served in various posts in the public sector, including as legislative deputy for state Sen. Nate Holden from 1976-77, and as chief of staff to Los Angeles City Councilman Robert Farrell from 1977-80. In 1991, Los Angeles Mayor Tom Bradley appointed Murray as commissioner on the city's Board of Public Works, where he served from 1991 to 1993. He was vice president for First Nationwide Bank from 1981 to 1991.

During 1985 to 2006 he served as a personnel commissioner for the Los Angeles Unified School District. And, from 1991 to 1993 he served on the board of directors of the Rail Construction Corporation which was responsible for overseeing the design and construction of the Blue Line, Green Line, and Red Line of the L.A. County light rail system.

Murray was senior vice president of U.S. Public Technologies, an automated traffic enforcement company and senior manager with Lockheed Martin IMS and Affiliated Computer Services. Murray was president/CEO of the Southern California Minority Business Development Council, Inc. from 2002 to 2012.



Adán Ortega
Adán Ortega
Born: ​El Paso, TX
Represents on MWD board:City of Fullerton
Joined MWD board: February 2019
Current MWD committee appointments:
Member: Conservation and Local Resources Committee; Engineering and Operations Committee; Organization, Personnel and Technology Committee;
Water Industry affiliations:

Ortega has worked in government relations for 30 years and has helped lead efforts to bring technical assistance to small community water systems in disadvantaged communities around California. He served as Metropolitan’s vice president of external affairs from 1999 to 2005.

 

Prior to joining Metropolitan, he served as Secretary of State Bill Jones’ chief deputy, and as assistant general manager of both West Basin and Central Basin municipal water districts.

 

In 2013, he was appointed by former Gov. Jerry Brown to the California Water Commission, and by former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger to the California State Board of Food and Agriculture, where he chaired its water committee from 2005 to 2012. 

 

Ortega has bachelor’s degrees in English and history from Whittier College.

Glen Peterson
Glen Peterson
Born: ​Globe, AZ
Joined MWD board: ​February 1993
Current MWD committee appointments:
​Vice Chair: Real Property and Asset Management Committee; Member: Engineering and Operations Committee; Special Committee on Bay-Delta; Agriculture and Industry Relations Committee; Communications and Legislation Committee;  Facilities Naming Ad Hoc Committee; and Water Planning and Stewardship Committee
Water industry affiliations:

Peterson is president of Las Virgenes Municipal Water District's board and has served as Division 2 director since 1986. He is the past president of ACWA, having served from 2008 – 2009 and is past chair for the Federal Affairs Committee.   Peterson is also chair of ACWA's Building Committee.







He is on the Colorado River Board of California representing MWD, appointed by the Governor. Member of the Board of Directors of the Colorado River’s User Association representing California.

Professional and community activities:

Peterson owned his own real estate company, Cornell Realty, from 1983 – 1998. He served as director/treasurer of the Mountains Conservancy Foundation, as well as treasurer of the Agoura Community Center Foundation. Additionally, he is a former trustee of the Conejo Future Foundation and past president of Las Virgenes Homeowners Federation. He participated in the Agoura Hills Rotary and is a Paul Harris Fellow. Peterson is the founder of the Friends of Peter Strauss Ranch.







He was also awarded the Public Health Appreciation Award from the California Dept. of Health Services for his work in fluoridation. He is an award-winning grape grower and vintner in Agoura, California.  Peterson lives with his spouse, Oscar Castellanos, a partner for over 20 years.

Barry D. Pressman
Barry D. Pressman
Born: ​Brooklyn, NY
Represents on MWD board:City of Beverly Hills
Joined MWD board: ​October 2017
Current MWD committee appointments:
Vice Chair - Special Committee on Bay-Delta Member - Water Planning and Stewardship CommitteeMember - Executive Committee; Conservation and Local Resources Committee; and Water Planning and Stewardship Committee 
Professional and community activities:

The professor and chair of the Department of Imaging at the S. Mark Taper Foundation Imaging Center at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, Pressman also serves as the chief of the Section of Neuroradiology and Head and Neck Radiology at Cedars-Sinai. Board certified in diagnostic radiology with a certificate of added qualifications in neuroradiology, his research interests focus on pituitary imaging, spinal trauma and several congenital diseases.

 

Pressman is a past president of the American College of Radiology, serving on its board of chancellors for many years. He also is a past president of the California Radiological Society and the Western Neuroradiology Society, and is a member of the American Society of Neuroradiology and the American Society of Pediatric Neuroradiology.

 

He previously served on the editorial advisory boards of the Journal of the American College of Radiology and the American Journal of Neuroradiology, and continues as a peer reviewer for both of those journals, as well as for the American Journal of Roentgenology. He was appointed by the federal Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services to the Medicare Coverage Advisory Committee, where he served for three years. Pressman also has been featured in the Super Doctors® edition of Los Angeles magazine since 2010.

 

Pressman has served on the board of directors of the Los Angeles Philharmonic Association for the past 11 years and has recently completed a six year term as a public works commissioner for Beverly Hills. He previously sat on the community advisory board of 89.3 KPCC-FM.

 

He earned his medical degree cum laude from Harvard Medical School after graduating summa cum laude from Dartmouth College. After a surgical internship at Harvard’s Peter Bent Brigham Hospital in Boston, he completed a diagnostic radiology residency at Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center in New York and a neuroradiology fellowship at George Washington University Hospital

































































Jesús E. Quiñonez
Jesús E. Quiñonez
Born: ​Los Angeles, CA
Represents on MWD board:City of Los Angeles
Joined MWD board: ​January 2006
Current MWD committee appointments:
Vice Chair: Legal and Claims Committee; Member: Audit and Ethics Committee; Water Planning and Stewardship Committee
Professional and community activities:

An attorney, Quiñonez is a partner in BushGottlieb, a law firm that specializes in representing public and private sector labor organizations and employee benefit plans. Quiñonez counsels clients on labor relations law and governmental advocacy.

 

A member of the California State Bar and U.S. Supreme Court Bar, he has served as an executive committee member of the State Bar's labor and employment law section. He also is a member of the Los Angeles County Bar Association and American Bar Association.

Marsha Ramos
Marsha Ramos
Born: ​Albuquerque, NM
Represents on MWD board:City of Burbank
Joined MWD board: ​January 2015
Current MWD committee appointments:
​Chair - Audit and Ethics Committee;  Member - Executive Committee; Agriculture and Industry Relations Committee;  and Finance and Insurance Committee
Professional and community activities:

Ramos is vice president of Geosystems, Inc., a Glendale-based consulting firm that advises public and private sector clients with real estate and development practices.


She was elected to the Burbank City Council in 2001 and served until 2009, including two years as mayor. Following her City Council tenure, she chaired and managed the successful 2013 campaign for Measure S, a $10 million general obligation bond election for the Burbank Unified School District to fund water conservation and energy efficiency improvements.

 

Ramos is the immediate past chair of the American Lung Association in California and serves on the organization's board of directors.

 

She earned a bachelor's degree in urban planning from California State University, Northridge. Ramos and her husband, Dave, have two adult sons.

Randy A. Record
Randy A. Record
Born:Hemet, CA   
Represents on MWD board:Eastern Municipal Water District
Joined MWD board: January 2003
Current MWD committees:
Chair: Agriculture and Industry Relations;  Vice Chair:  Finance and Insurance Committee; Member: Communications and Legislation Committee; Executive Committee;  Water Planning and Stewardship Committee; and Legal and Claims Committee
Water industry affiliations:
Record was elected to Eastern Municipal Water District's board of directors in January 2001 and has served two terms as Eastern's board president.  He is founding member and chair of the Riverside County Water Task Force.  Record is also a past president of the Association of California Water Agencies and current Vice Chair of ACWA's Agriculture Committee.
Professional and community activities:

A San Jacinto native, Randy Record has been active in the farming community for over three decades. He also is a board member of the Bank of Hemet. Record currently owns and operates a wine grape vineyard in the Central Coast with his wife and two daughters.

 

He is currently a member of the California Association of Winegrape Growers, the Monday Morning Group of Western Riverside County, and the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association. He is also a member and past president of the Hemet/San Jacinto Action Group.

 

Record is the immediate past Chairman of Metropolitan's board of directors and the second family to serve on Metropolitan's board. His father, Clayton A. Record, Jr., served as Eastern’s representative to Metropolitan’s board from June 1999 to January 2001. The viewpoint at Metropolitan’s Diamond Valley Lake near Hemet is named in honor of the elder Record, who passed away in February 2001 after decades of civic service in Riverside County as an elected official and community leader.

 

Record earned a bachelor’s degree in agricultural management from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. He and his wife, a retired San Jacinto school teacher, have two daughters; one granddaughter and three grandsons.

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Tim Smith
Tim Smith
Born: ​Columbus, OH
Represents on MWD board:San Diego County Water Authority
Joined MWD board: ​September 2018
Current MWD committee appointments:
​Chair - Engineering and Operations Committee; Member - Executive Committee; Communications and Legislation Committee; Organization, Personnel and Technology Committee; Finance and Insurance Committee; Audit and Ethics Committee; Legal and Claims Committee and Real Property and Asset Management Committee.
Water industry affiliations:

​Smith serves as a Director on the Otay Water District’s Board of Directors and has served as the district’s representative on the Water Authority’s board since 2017. 

 

As an adjunct professor at San Diego State University, Smith teaches water courses in the civil, construction and environmental engineering department. 

 

He began his career as an engineer for Black & Veatch and Parsons Corp., before shifting to the public sector as senior civil engineer for the Water Authority. He then worked as a principal engineer for Helix Water District.

Professional and community activities:

Smith graduated with a bachelor’s and master’s degree in civil engineering from San Diego State University and is an active member of the American Society of Civil Engineers and American Water Works Association.

Jose Solorio
Jose Solorio
Represents on MWD board:City of Santa Ana
Joined MWD board:February 2019
Current MWD committee appointments:
​Member: Organization, Personnel and Technology Committee
Water industry affiliations:

Solorio is a government affairs officer for the Moulton Niguel Water District. He served on the Santa Ana Regional Water Quality Control Board, Orange County Water District Board and on water committees in the California Assembly.

Professional and community activities:

Elected to the Santa Ana City Council in 2000 to 2006, Solorio was re-elected to that governing body in 2016. He served in the state Assembly from 2006 to 2012, representing the 69th District, which includes the city of Santa Ana and parts of Anaheim and Garden Grove.

 

A son of migrant farm workers who worked in the fields alongside his parents as a teenager, Solorio earned his bachelor’s degree from University of California, Irvine and a master’s degree in public policy from Harvard University.

Charles Treviño
Charles Treviño
Born: San Antonio, TX​
Joined MWD board ​March 1999 - December 2000, January 2017
Current MWD committee appointments:
​Member: Executive Committee; Organization, Personnel and Technology Committee; and Communications and Legislation Committee
Water industry affiliations:

​Treviño was first elected to the Upper San Gabriel Valley Municipal Water District  Board of Directors in November 2008 and is serving his third consecutive four-year terms.  He represents Upper District’s Division 2 which includes all or parts of Arcadia, Rosemead, San Gabriel, South Pasadena, South San Gabriel, and Temple City. Treviño served as board president in 2011 and vice president in 2009 and 2010 and treasurer 2017 and 2018.

 

Treviño currently serves as Upper District’s alternate representative to the Association of California Water Agencies’ Joint Powers Insurance Authority, representative to the San Gabriel Valley Protective Association, and on the board of the Main San Gabriel Basin Watermaster.  He is also a member of the Los Angeles County Water Appeals Board, the vice president of the Los Angeles County Commission for Older Adults, and a former chairman of the South Pasadena Senior Commission. 

 

He has been a strong supporter of Upper District’s development of an Integrated Resources Plan, Urban Water Management and Water Use Efficiency Plans, which have outlined the district’s blueprint for water reliability and ensure a sustainable, clean water supply.  Treviño has also strongly advocated for the expansion of Upper District’s robust recycled water system and community-based storm water capture projects across the district’s service area.

 

Treviño came to Upper District with an extensive water industry background.   After many years with the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, he retired from the agency in 2014 as a principal public affairs representative within the education unit of the External Affairs Group.  Prior to that, he served as a government affairs representative for MWD.  In this capacity, he worked closely with the chairmen of both the Senate and Assembly water committees on legislation that increased the efficiency of the State Water Project to ensure delivery of an adequate and reliable supply of affordable, high-quality water for Southern California. His work earned him recognition from the Legislature for increasing awareness of crucial water issues and improving the quality of life of all Californians.

 

Treviño’s water sector experience includes 10 years on the Central Basin MWD Board of Directors, which he was first elected in 1994.  He represented Central Basin on the Metropolitan Water District Board.  At Central Basin, one of his top priorities was increasing the district’s public outreach to its diverse community leaders on water conservation and the beneficial use of recycled water.  He fought to ensure that Central Basin’s budget was balanced without increasing user fees or taxes, and kept the costs of imported water at affordable rates.

Professional and community activities:

​Throughout his career, Treviño has upheld the importance of educating young people from all cultural and social backgrounds.  This passion for education led him to pursue a teaching credential from UCLA, and a Masters in School Management and an Administrative Credential from San Diego’s Point Loma Nazarene University. He then worked for the Los Angeles Unified School District as a teacher and administrator until his retirement in 2002.

 

Treviño is a U.S. Army veteran who served during the Vietnam War and received an honorable discharge in 1968. Using the GI Bill, he went on to earn an Associate of Arts degree from Los Angeles Trade-Technical College and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from California State University at Los Angeles. 

 
He currently resides in South Pasadena with his wife, Carmen.






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Vacant Seat
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Represents on MWD board:City of Glendale
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Vacant Seat
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Harold Williams
Harold Williams
Born: New Orleans, LA
Represents on MWD board:West Basin Municipal Water District
Joined MWD board: ​March 2018
Current MWD committee appointments:
​Member - Engineering and Operations Committee; Organization, Personnel and Technology Committee
Water industry affiliations:

Williams was elected to the West Basin board in 2014 and is on the board of directors of the National Water Research Institute and serves on the CalDesal Executive Committee. Williams was a previous director of public works and city engineer for the city of Gardena and held similar positions in Carson, Hermosa Beach, Lawndale and Lynwood. 

He also held leadership positions in the Southern California chapter of the American Public Works Association and other engineer groups. 

Professional and community activities:

Williams was a civil engineer for more than 40 years and works as a consultant with cities and special districts to resolve their infrastructure challenges.

He served on the Carson City Council from 2004-2009. During that time, he served on the board of directors of the League of California Cities. He also has served on various Carson city commissions and is a member of the Carson Lions Club.
Williams earned a bachelor’s degree from California State University Los Angeles and a master’s degree in civil engineering from California State University Long Beach. He also served in the U.S. Army.

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