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John V. Foley

Born: Brooklyn, New York

Represents on MWD board: Municipal Water District of Orange County

Joined MWD board: August 1989; previously served as chairman 1993 to 1998.

Current MWD committee appointments:

MWD Board of Directors; Executive Committee

Water industry affiliations:

Foley was general manager of the Moulton Niguel Water District, serving all or part of five cities in South Orange County, which he joined in 1979. Prior to that, he served as general manager of the Aliso Water Management Agency, from 1976 to 1979. He is a key figure in water and sanitation matters on local, regional and state levels. In 1986 he was appointed a member of the San Diego Regional Water Quality Control Board by former Governor George Deukmejian and chaired the board for two years.

In July 1993, the Water Advisory Committee of Orange County (WACO) appointed Foley as a trustee on the Southern California Water Committee; and in February 1994, he was appointed by former Governor Pete Wilson to serve on the Bay/Delta Oversight Council. He is past president of the Orange County Water Association. He also is a member of the American Water Works Association, Colorado River Water Users Association, Association of California Water Agencies, the California Association of Sanitation Agencies and the Colorado River Board of Directors.

Professional and community activities:

Foley received a bachelors degree in engineering from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point in 1952, a masters in civil engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1958, and a second masters in mathematics from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 1963, during his 4-year tour at West Point he was an assistant professor of mathematics. He graduated from the Army Command and General Staff College in 1961 and the U.S. Naval War College in 1971.

A retired colonel in the U.S. Army, his last military assignment was district engineer in five southwestern states, from 1973 until his retirement in 1976. Earlier, he commanded a company during the Korean War and a battalion in Thailand during the Vietnam conflict. He also served in the office of the chief of staff and as chief of public affairs for the Army chief of engineers in Washington, D.C.

He is a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers and is past president of the Los Angeles Chapter of the Society of American Military Engineers. He is a past president of the original Monarch Bank Advisory Board and a member of the Laguna Niguel and South Orange County chambers of commerce and the former Mission Hospital Regional Medical Center Advisory Board.

photo of John V. Foley