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Chairman
Randy A. Record
A past president of the Association of California Water Agencies, 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.
Vice Chair
Linda Ackerman
​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.
Vice Chair
John W. Murray Jr.
​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.
Vice Chair
David D. De Jesus
De Jesus is a member and past president of the San Gabriel Valley Water Association and chair of the San Gabriel River Water Committee.
Secretary
Steve Blois

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

Chairman
Randy A. Record
Born:
Hemet, CA   
Represents on MWD board:Eastern Municipal Water District
Joined MWD board:
January 2003
Current MWD committees:
Chair - MWD Board of Directors; Executive Committee
Member - Agriculture and Industry Relations Committee; Audit and Ethics Committee; Communications and Legislation Committee; Conservation and Local Resources Committee; Engineering and Operations Committee; Finance and Insurance Committee; Integrated Resources Planning Committee; Legal and Claims Committee; Organization, Personnel and Technology Committee; Real Property and Asset Management Committee; Special Committee on Bay-Delta; and the Water Planning and Stewardship Committee






Water industry affiliations:
A past president of the Association of California Water Agencies, 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.
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 the co-chair of the Southern California Leadership Council with Governor Gray Davis, as well as, a member of the Riverside County Farm Bureau, 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 second member of his 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 two grandsons.

Vice Chair
Linda Ackerman
Born:
Denver, CO
Joined MWD board:
April 2008
Current MWD committee appointments:

Vice Chair - Executive Committee

Member - Communications and Legislation Committee; Conservation and Local Resources Committee; Integrated Resources Planning Committee; Special Committee on Bay-Delta; Water Planning and Stewardship 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 board of directors at the Association of California Water Agencies.  She was appointed as chair of the Federal Affairs Committee by Immediate Past President Randy Record in 2010 and reappointed in 2014 by President John Coleman.

Ackerman also serves, representing 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 was elected in 2008 as the National Committeewoman for California on the Republican National Committee.  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.







Vice Chair
John W. Murray Jr.
Born:
Commonwealth, VA
Represents on MWD board:City of Los Angeles
Joined MWD board:
January 2006
Current MWD committee appointments:

Vice Chair - Executive Committee

Member - Communications and Legislation Committee; Legal and Claims Committee; and Organization, Personnel and Technology 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.



Vice Chair
David D. De Jesus
Born:
​​New York City, NY
Joined MWD board:
March 2002
Current MWD committee appointments:
Vice Chair - Executive Committee
Member - Engineering and Operations Committee; Finance and Insurance Committee; Special Committee on Bay-Delta; and Water Planning and Stewardship Committee 
Professional and community activities:
De Jesus is a member and past president of the San Gabriel Valley Water Association and chair of the San Gabriel River Water Committee. He was appointed as a founding board member in 1999 to represent water industry interests of San Gabriel and Lower Los Angeles Rivers and Mountains Conservancy.

He served for two years as president of Three Valleys Municipal Water District and has represented Three Valleys on the Chino Basin Watermaster Board. De Jesus is the president/GM of the Covina Irrigating Company, a private, nonprofit mutual water company established in 1882.

De Jesus serves on the Vocational Education Water Advisory Board at Citrus College, where he taught for five years as an adjunct professor in water resources and water distribution system design, providing instruction to hundreds of students.

A New York City native, De Jesus earned a bachelor's degree in business management and a master's degree in organizational management from Azusa Pacific University. He also holds associate's degrees in water treatment technology and criminal justice.

Active in community affairs, De Jesus has received Meritorious and Recognition Ad Valorem awards for his volunteer efforts by the County of Los Angeles.







Secretary
Steve Blois
Born:

Phoenix, AZ

Represents on MWD board:Calleguas MWD
Joined MWD board:

March 2014

Current MWD committee appointments:

Secretary - Executive Committee

Vice Chair - Engineering and Operations Committee; Member: Agriculture and Industry Relations Committee; Conservation and Local Resources Committee; Finance and Insurance Committee; and Integrated Resources Planning 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.

 

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 and his wife, Barbara, live in Camarillo and have two adult daughters.

 

Judy Abdo
Judy Abdo
Born: ​Los Angeles, CA
Represents on MWD board:City of Santa Monica
Joined MWD board: ​June 1996
Current MWD committee appointments:
Member: Communications and Legislation Committee; Conservation and Local Resources Committee; Integrated Resources Planning Committee; and Water Planning and Stewardship Committee
Professional and community activities:
​A Santa Monica councilmember from 1988 to 1996, Abdo served two terms as that city's mayor. She is the Director of Child Development Services for the Santa Monica Malibu Unified School District.

Prior to joining the Santa Monica Malibu School District administration team, 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. Since 1977, she has also been the administrator of the Church in Ocean Park.

She is a long-time member of the steering committee of Santa Monicans for Renters' Rights. She served as chair of the Urban Forest Task Force 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.











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: Integrated Resources Planning Committee​; Vice Chair: Water Planning and Stewardship Committee; Member: Legal and Claims Committee
Water industry affiliations:

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

 

He is the executive director of the Southern California Water Committee, 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 provides independent water resources management and policy consulting to local, state and federal governments, business, labor and environmental organizations.

 

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.

 

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.

 

He and his wife Erin, have three sons and a grandchild.

Sylvia Ballin
Sylvia Ballin
Born: ​East Los Angeles, CA
Represents on MWD board:City of San Fernando
Joined MWD board: ​September 2007
Current MWD committee appointments:
Member: Audit and Ethics Committee; Communications and Legislation Committee; and Organization, Personnel and Technology Committee                 
Professional and community activities:

Joined Metropolitan in 2007, appointed by the mayor to represent the City of San Fernando.

Ballin was elected councilmember of the City of San Fernando in 2011. She also serves as Chair of the California Latino Water Coalition Foundation and is Board of Trustee for the Greater Los Angeles County Vector Control District.

Uniquely, before becoming a Metropolitan Water District board member, she was an employee. She retired in 2007 from her position as a principal administrative analyst, in the Facilities Management section, after 21 years of service.

Ballin also served as past president of two Metropolitan employee organizations, The Woman's Association for Equal Opportunity and the Hispanic Association, and as past vice president of the Native American Alaska Native Employees Association, and past vice president of AFSCME Local 1902, Group 12. She is a board member for the California Latino Water Coalition and is the City of San Fernando Transportation & Safety Commissioner.

She also served as a member of the Sisters of Charity in San Fernando and on the city's Christmas parade committee. Ballin graduated from the University of La Verne with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration.







Brett R. Barbre
Brett R. Barbre
Born: ​Fullerton, CA
Joined MWD board: ​December 2009
Current MWD committee appointments:
​Chair: Finance and Insurance Committee; Member - Audit and Ethics Committee; Communications and Legislation Committee; Engineering and Operations Committee; Executive Committee; and Organization, Personnel and Technology 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.
Peter Beard
Peter Beard
Represents on MWD board:City of Fullerton
Joined MWD board: ​July 2014
Member:
Vice Chair: Agriculture and Industry Relations Committee; Member: Engineering and Operations Committee; Integrated Resources Planning Committee; Real Property and Asset Management Committee; and Special Committee on Bay-Delta
Professional and community activities:

Beard has been involved in multifamily property development and management for about 40 years.  In 2007, he branched out as a consultant and project manager for major water distribution projects in Orange and Los Angeles counties.

 
Beard chaired Fullerton’s Infrastructure Committee and Design Review Committee and has served on the city’s Energy Resource and Management Committee.  He is finance chair for Saint Angela Merici Catholic Church in Brea and is a member of the Fullerton Elk’s Lodge.










Michael Camacho
Michael Camacho
Born: ​Montebello, CA
Represents on MWD board:Inland Empire Utilities Agency
Joined MWD board: ​February 2011
Current MWD committee appointments:
​Chair: Real Property and Asset Management Committee; Vice Chair: Organization, Personnel and Technology Committee; Member: Agriculture and Industry Relations Committee; Communications and Legislation Committee; Engineering and Operations Committee; Executive Committee; Legal and Claims Committee; Special Committee on Bay-Delta; and Water Planning and Stewardship Committee
Water industry affiliations:
Elected to the Board in November 2009, and currently serves as Vice President. Camacho also serves as IEUA's alternate representative to the Southern California Water Committee, and the Regional Sewerage Program Policy Committee.
Professional and community activities:
​Camacho is senior vice president of Pacifica Services, an  engineering, construction and project management company.  He is a member of the Pasadena Rotary Club.
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:
​Member: Legal and Claims Committee 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:
​Vice Chair: Integrated Resources Planning Committee; and Real Property and Asset Management Committee; Member: Engineering and Operations Committee; and Finance and Insurance Committee
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.


Dake currently serves on the city’s Recycled Water Advisory Group.

Professional and community activities:

Professional and community activities: Dake serves on the Los Angeles County Green Building Task Force and sits on the boards of the California League of Conservation Voters, the Los Angeles Community Garden Council and the Los Angeles Neighborhood Land Trust.  He also has been involved with various community groups dealing with environmental, cultural heritage, conservation and local planning issues.
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.

Donald L. Dear
Donald L. Dear
Born: ​Cleveland, OH
Represents on MWD board:West Basin Municipal Water District
Joined MWD board: ​October 2013
Current MWD committee appointments:
​Chair - Audit and Ethics Committee; Member - Finance and Insurance Committee; Legal and Claims Committee; and Real Property and Asset Management Committee
Water industry affiliations:

Dear was elected to West Basin’s Board of Directors in November 2000.  In October 2011, the West Basin Board paid tribute to Dear’s distinguished public service by naming the district’s Carson headquarters the Donald L. Dear Building.

Professional and community activities:

​Dear retired in 2001 after 27 years of service with the city of Gardena where he served as mayor for nine consecutive terms.  He was first elected to the Gardena City Council in 1970 before being elected mayor in 1982.  A former teacher at Stephen White Middle School in Carson for 37 years, Dear was named "Teacher of the Year" in 1983 for Region A of the Los Angeles Unified School District.

 

In 2012, Dear was reelected as one of the representatives for the Los Angeles County Independent Special Districts on the Local Agency Formation Commission, where he is first vice president.  He was also a trustee of the Greater Los Angeles Vector Control District for 24 years and was a member of the Board of Directors for the Los Angeles County Sanitation District No. 5 for 19 years.

 

He holds a bachelor's degree in education from the University of Southern California. A Sierra Club member, Dear also served as president of the South Bay Cities Association (now known as South Bay Cities Council of Governments) and on the Board of Directors of the Southern California Cities Joint Powers Consortium.

Larry D. Dick
Larry D. Dick
Born: ​Mexico, MO
Joined MWD board: ​August 2003
Current MWD committee appointments:
​Chair: Agriculture and Industry Relations Committee; Member: Audit and Ethics Committee; Executive 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:  Engineering and Operations Committee; Finance and Insurance Committee;  Integrated Resources Planning Committee; and Organization, Personnel and Technology Committee
Professional and community activities:

Faessel is the merchandise manager for the 17-store Crown ACE Hardware chain based in Huntington Beach.  In addition, he has taught courses in electricity, electrical codes and utility systems as a continuing education instructor for the North Orange County Community College District.  A longtime member of the National Fire Protection Association, Electrical Section, Faessel also has consulted with local contractors and businesses on electrical designs.

 

Faessel chairs the city of Anaheim’s Budget, Investment and Technology Committee, after serving on the Anaheim Planning Commission from June 2006 to June 2013.  He previously chaired the Anaheim Public Utility Board and served on the city’s General Plan Advisory Committee.

 

He sits on the board of trustees of the Anaheim Museum, Inc. and is president of the Anaheim Mother Colony Household, Inc.  Faessel is a founding member of the Anaheim MUZEO, where he currently serves as the foundation’s board secretary.  He is also a member of the board of directors of the Anaheim Community Foundation, and currently serves on the foundation’s Executive Committee.

 

Faessel is past president of the Anaheim Historical Society, Inc., for which he continues to serve as its corresponding secretary, as well as the local chapter of the Native Sons of the Golden West.  He served on and chaired the Orange County Historical Commission, including on the commission’s editorial board during the republishing of the county’s history book, “100 Years of Yesterdays.”

 

A longtime volunteer researcher for the Anaheim Public Library, he continues to write articles on Anaheim’s history, including four illustrated books, including “Early Anaheim and Anaheim 1940-2007,” for Arcadia Publishing as well as “Historic Photos of Anaheim” and “Remembering Anaheim,” both for Turner Publishing.

 

Faessel and his wife, Susan, have one adult son 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; Engineering and Operations Committee; and Integrated Resources Planning 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.


 

















 















William Gedney
William Gedney
Born: ​New York, NY
Joined MWD board ​March 2017
Water industry affiliations:

Gedney has worked at Golden State Water for 20 years and oversees water quality, environmental compliance, water resources and water-use efficiency. He is an active member of the American Water Works Association and National Association of Water Companies. 

Professional and community activities:

​He received a bachelor's degree from the University of California at Irvine, a master's in environmental engineering from the University of Southern California and a master's in business administration from the University of Redlands.

Mark Gold
Mark Gold
Born: ​Los Angeles, CA
Represents on MWD board:City of Los Angeles
Joined MWD Board: April 2016​
Current MWD committee appointments:
Chair: Conservation and Local Resources Committee; Member: Communications and Legislation Committee and the Integrated Resources Plan Committee
Water industry affiliations:

​Gold worked for nearly two decades as Heal the Bay’s president to protect Southern California’s coastal waters and watersheds. During his Heal the Bay tenure, he created Heal the Bay’s Beach Report Card, an annual analysis of coastline water quality in California, monitoring more than 350 beaches from Oregon to the Mexico border.

 

Gold serves on Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti’s Water Cabinet and the Proposition O storm water bond Citizens Oversight and Advisory Committee. He is currently leading a research effort to optimize sustainable water management in the city.

 

He also has served on the California Ocean Science Trust and the Santa Monica Bay Commission, and helped develop the sustainable city plans in both Santa Monica and Los Angeles, and co-authored legislation protecting California’s coast, water quality and environment.

Professional and community activities:

Gold is UCLA associate vice chancellor for Environment and Sustainability. He leads the university’s Sustainable LA Grand Challenge, which aims to achieve 100 percent local water supply, 100 percent renewable energy, and enhanced ecosystem and human health in Los Angeles County by 2050. He also works to increase interdisciplinary environmental research at the university and serves as an adjunct professor in the Institute of the Environment and Sustainability.

 

A native of Los Angeles, Gold earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in biology and a doctorate in environmental science and engineering, all from UCLA. Gold and his wife, Lisette, have three children.

Gloria D. Gray
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 - Water Planning and Stewardship Committee; Vice Chair - Communications and Legislation Committee; Member - Conservation and Local Resources Committee; Executive Committee; Integrated Resources Planning Committee; Organization, Personnel and Technology Committee; Special Committee on Bay-Delta
Water industry affiliations:
Gloria D. Gray was elected to the West Basin Municipal Water District Board of Directors in 2006 and is the first African-American woman elected to the board in its 65 years.  She served as President of the Board of Directors in 2010.  In 2009, Gray was appointed to the Metropolitan Water District Board of Directors as one of two West Basin representatives.
 
In 2010, Gray was appointed by former Assembly Speaker Karen Bass to the Delta Stewardship Council, created by the Legislature to achieve the co-equals of protecting the Delta’s ecosystem and providing a more reliable water supply. In 2009, Gray was appointed by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors to the Water Quality Community Task Force as part of the county’s Clean Water, Clean Beaches Initiative.





Professional and community activities:
Prior to her service in the water community, Gray worked 36 years for the Los Angeles County Departments of Human Services and Health Services. Gray, an Inglewood resident, was elected to the Inglewood Unified School District Board of Education in 1995.  She also served on the Los Angeles County Hospitals and Health Care Delivery Commission. 

She is the co-founder and past-President of the Black Health Services Action Committee and Black Organizations Alliance and has served on the board of directors of numerous community organizations.
 
Gray also has received several awards, including the "Outstanding Women of 2012" award from the Gardena Chamber of Commerce and the "Women in Water" 2007 Award from the Water Replenishment District of Southern California.

Gray earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration from the University of Redlands and her Health Services Management Certificate from UCLA.  She earned a Louis Allen Management Certificate from the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services and earned her Masters in Governance Certificate from the California School Boards Association in 2002.  

Gray is a proud mother of two daughters and grandmother of five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.







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:
​Member: Audit and Ethics Committee; Conservation and Local Resources Committee; Executive Committee; Organization, Personnel and Technology Committee; Real Property and Asset Management Committee
Water industry affiliations:

Santa Fe Irrigation District's representative on the San Diego County Water Authority's Board of Directors since 2006, Hogan is past board chairman and currently serves as board secretary.  He is a member of the SDCWA board's Administrative and Finance Committee, Imported Water Committee and Audit Committee and is the Water Authority's representative on the Colorado River Board of California.

 

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 Works and 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.

 

Cynthia Kurtz
Cynthia Kurtz
Born: ​Harrisburg, PA
Represents on MWD board:City of Pasadena
Joined MWD board: ​April 2013
Current MWD committee appointments:
Chair: Communications and Legislation Committee; Member: Audit and Ethics Committee; Conservation and Local Resources Committee; Executive Committee; and Finance and Insurance
Professional and community activities:

Kurtz is COO for River LA, a nonprofit organization working on the revitalization of the Los Angeles River. Prior to River LA, Cynthia held a number of positions in the public and nonprofit sectors including President & CEO of the San Gabriel Valley Economic Partnership, City Manager for the City of Pasadena, Pasadena Director of Pubic Works & Transportation and Interim City Manager for the City of Covina.

 

She has also served as an adjunct professor for the the University of La Verne Graduate Program for Public Administration where she taught Public and Nonprofit Ethics and Collaborative Decision Making. Kurtz 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. 

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: Special Committee on Bay-Delta; Member: Agriculture and Industry Relations Committee; Communications and Legislation Committee; Conservation and Local Resources Committee; Engineering and Operations; and Integrated Resources Planning Committee
Water industry affiliations:
Lefevre is past member and chair of the city of Torrance’s Water Commission. He serves on the water management research committee for the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.  He is a member and past president of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers-USA.
Professional and community activities:

​Lefevre retired in 2002 after 30 years in small businesses specializing in remote sensing applications.  He is on the Exxon-Mobile Community Advisory Panel in Torrance and is a board member of the South Bay Entrepreneurial Center.  He also 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 doctorate in electrical engineering from the University of California, Santa Barbara.  An adjunct professor of physics at the University of North Dakota, he also 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.





Keith Lewinger
Keith Lewinger
Born: ​New York, NY
Represents on MWD board:San Diego County Water Authority
Joined MWD board: ​February 2009
Current MWD committee appointments:
​Member: Agriculture and Industry Relations Committee; Communications and Legislation Committee; Finance and Insurance Committee; Integrated Resources Planning Committee; and Water Planning and Stewardship Committee
Water Industry affiliations:

​Lewinger was general manager of the Fallbrook Public Utility District from 1999-2011.  He has been on the San Diego County Water Authority’s board of directors since 2001 first representing Fallbrook and currently represents Carlsbad and was Chair of the Authority’s Water Planning Committee. Prior to joining the Fallbrook district, he was general manager of the Otay Water District.

 

He was a member of the Governor’s Recycled Water Task Force. He was on ACWA’s Board of Directors as Vice-Chair and Chair of Region 10, has been Chairman of ACWA's Water Reclamation and Reuse Committee, a member of ACWA’s Legislative Committee, a member of the California and National Boards of Directors of the WateReuse Association, President of the California Section of the WateReuse Association, and a member of AWWA's Water Reuse Committee.

Professional and community activities:
​Lewinger is a registered civil engineer in the State of California and a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners.  He was a member of San Diego LAFCO’s Special District Advisory Committee from 2002-2008.
Michele Martinez
Michele Martinez
Born: ​Torrance, Calif.
Represents on MWD board:City of Santa Ana
Joined MWD board: March 2015
Current MWD committee appointments:
​Member: Finance and Insurance Committee
Professional and community activities:

Elected to the Santa Ana City Council in 2006, Martinez chairs the council’s Finance, Economic Development & Technology Committee and serves on the Development and Transportation, Public Safety and Legislative committees, as well as the Strategic Planning Subcommittee.

 

Martinez represents Santa Ana on numerous regional boards, including the Southern California Association of Governments, where she serves as second vice president, as well as the Orange County Waste Management Commission, Orange County Council of Governments and the Newport Bay Watershed Executive Committee. She also sits on the boards of directors of the League of California Cities and its Orange County Division.

 

Martinez is the director of the Alliance for a Healthy Orange County, a collaborative of health care organizations, community-based organizations and universities that supports policy strategies and provides funding opportunities to enhance health outcomes and reduce health disparities in the county.

 

Martinez earned a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from California State University, Fullerton and is currently pursuing a master’s degree in public health.









Larry McKenney
Larry McKenney
Born: Somerset, KY
Joined MWD board October 2014​
Current MWD committee appointments:
​Vice Chair: Legal and Claims Committee; Member: Conservation and Local Resources Committee; Finance and Insurance Committee; Integrated Resources Planning Committee; Organization, Personnel and Technology Committee; and Special Committee on Bay-Delta
Water industry affiliations:

McKenney served on Moulton Niguel’s board for six years, during which he represented the district on the boards of directors of the San Juan Basin Authority and the Association of California Water Agencies, Region 10. He also serves on the Board of Trustees of the Southern California Water Committee and chairs the SCWC’s Legislative Issues Task Force.

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:
​Member - Communications and Legislation Committee; Engineering and Operations Committee; Integrated Resources Planning Committee; Special Committee on Bay-Delta; and Water Planning and Stewardship Committee
Water industry affiliations:

Owner and principal of Morris Water Resources Consultants, Morris has been professionally involved with the water industry for more than 45 years.

He represents MWD on the board of the New Water Supply Coalition.  Morris previously served on the boards of the U. S. Desalination Coalition as Vice-Chair and 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 chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers and 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 National Water Research Institute, 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 currently the President of the David M. Wilson Affiliates, the Civil Engineering alumni group, and serves on the Advisory Board for the Department of Civil Engineering.

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Lorraine A. Paskett
Lorraine A. Paskett
Represents on MWD board:City of Los Angeles
Joined MWD board: December 2015​
Current MWD committee appointments: ​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.





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

Peterson is past president of the Las Virgenes Municipal Water District's board and served as Division 2 director since 1986. He is also a current board member of ACWA, a board member of the NWRA and chair for the Federal Affairs Committee.

He was chair of the Association of California Water Agencies' 1995 Region 8 nominating committee, and was a member of ACWA's water reclamation committee from 1993 to 1995.

Professional and community activities:

The owner of his own real estate company, Cornell Realty, since 1983, Peterson serves as director/treasurer of the Mountains Conservancy Foundation and treasurer of the Agoura Community Center Foundation. Additionally, he is a former trustee of the Conejo Future Foundation and a member and past president of the Las Virgenes Homeowners Federation and the Agoura Hills Rotary. Peterson is the founder of Peter Strauss Ranch and also is a Paul Harris Fellow.

He was also awarded the Public Health Appreciation Award from the California Dept. of Health Services for his work in fluoridation and is an award-winning grape grower and vintner.

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:
Chair: Legal and Claims Committee; Member: Audit and Ethics Committee; Executive Committee; Organization, Personnel and Technology Committee; and 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:
​Vice Chair - Audit and Ethics Committee; Member - Agriculture and Industry Relations Committee; Finance and Insurance Committee; Integrated Resources Planning Committee; and Real Property and Asset Management 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.

Elsa Saxod
Elsa Saxod
Born: ​San Diego, Calif.
Represents on MWD board:San Diego County Water Authority
Joined MWD board: ​October 2016
Current MWD committee appointments: ​Communications and Legislation Committee; and Finance and Insurance Committee
Water industry affiliations:

Saxod served as the U.S. chairwoman of the Binational Watershed Advisory Council and chairwoman of the International Committee for the San Diego Chamber of Commerce. 

Professional and community activities:

​She is the founder of SAXOD Enterprises, which helps clients working with the Hispanic community and in Mexico, facilitating partnership building and language training.

Saxod also worked as the governor-appointed director of the Office of California/Mexico Affairs, executive director of the U.S./Mexico Border Progress Foundation, chairwoman of the San Diego Association of Governments’ Committee on Binational Regional Opportunities, and former director of Binational Affairs for the city of San Diego.

She graduated from San Diego State University with a bachelor’s degree in Spanish.  In her early career, she worked as a Spanish instructor, Peace Corps volunteer and on the staff of U.S. Sen. John Tunney.



Zareh Sinanyan
Zareh Sinanyan
Represents on MWD board:City of Glendale
Current MWD committee appointments: ​Member: Finance and Insurance Committee and Legal and Claims Committee
Fern Steiner
Fern Steiner
Born: ​Las Cruces, NM
Represents on MWD board:San Diego County Water Authority
Joined MWD board: ​February 2009
Current MWD committee appointments:
​Member: Conservation and Local Resources Committee; Engineering and Operations Committee; Integrated Resources Planning Committee; Legal and Claims Committee; Special Committee on Bay-Delta; Water Planning and Stewardship Committee 
Professional and community activities:

Fern Steiner has served on the San Diego County Water Authority's board since May 2003, where she is presently a member of the Imported Water Committee, Legislation, Conservation and Outreach Committee and Colorado River Programs Ad Hoc Committee.

An attorney, she is a shareholder  in the San Diego law firm of Smith, Steiner, Vanderpool  & Wax, APC,  specializing in labor, employment and personal injury.  She is on the Board of Directors of San Diego Youth Service, a non-profit charitable organization that builds futures for at-risk youth.

Charles Treviño
Charles Treviño
Born: San Antonio, TX​
Joined MWD board ​March 1999 - December 2000, January 2017
Current MWD committee appointments:
​Member: Engineering and Operations Committee; Organization, Personnel and Technology Committee; and Real Property and Asset Management Committee
Water industry affiliations:

​Treviño was first elected to the Upper San Gabriel Valley Municipal Water District  Board of Directors in November 2008 and has since served two 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. 

 

Treviño currently serves as Upper District’s representative to the Association of California Water Agencies’ Joint Powers Insurance Authority, 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.

 

Treviño retired from Metropolitan in 2014 as a principal public affairs representative in the education unit of the External Affairs group.  Prior to that, Treviño was a Metropolitan government affairs representative.

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.






Leticia Vásquez-Wilson
Leticia Vásquez-Wilson
Born: Compton, CA  
Joined MWD board: February 2013 to July 2014; February 2015 to February 2017; March 2017
Current MWD committee appointments:
Member: Organization, Personnel and Technology Committee and Communications and Legislation Committee.
Professional and community activities:

Elected to Central Basin’s board in June 2012, Vásquez-Wilson represents the cities and communities of Lynwood, South Gate, Florence-Graham, Willowbrook, Compton and Carson. She is the proud daughter of Mexican immigrants. Her mother Olga from Sinaloa and father Luis from Michoacán reared six children.

 

In 2013 she made history as the first woman to represent Central Basin on the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California. Prior to joining Central Basin’s board, she served as a Lynwood city councilmember from 2003-2007. In 2005, she was Lynwood’s first Latina mayor and led one of the city's most aggressive lobbying efforts bringing millions of dollars for new parks, schools, housing, shopping centers, streets and a new state-of-art senior citizen center and she has earned numerous awards for her service to the community.

 

Vásquez-Wilson is a lifelong educator and has taught grades K-12. She currently teaches in the California Community College system and for National University. She earned a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice and a master’s degree in public policy and administration in urban affairs from California State University, Long Beach and a master’s degree in education from Pepperdine University.

 

She is married to Attorney Ronald Wilson with two children.

Robert Wunderlich
Robert Wunderlich
Born: ​New York City, NY
Represents on MWD board:City of Beverly Hills
Joined MWD board: ​July  2007
Current MWD committee appointments:
Chair: Organization, Personnel and Technology Committee; Vice Chair: Finance and Insurance Committee; Member: Audit and Ethics Committee; Executive Committee; Integrated Resources Planning Committee; Legal and Claims Committee; Real Property and Asset Management Committee; and Water Planning and Stewardship Committee
Professional and community activities:
An economics and business consultant, Wunderlich is a founding principal of Discovery Economics, Inc., a Los Angeles-based consulting firm specializing in economics, finance and accounting for business and legal issues.

 

Prior to co-founding Discovery Economics in 1999, he consulted regarding similar issues at the economics consulting firm LECG and the accounting and professional services firm Deloitte & Touche. Earlier in his career, Wunderlich worked as a scientist and engineer related to energy and environmental issues.

 

Wunderlich earned a master’s of business administration degree with emphasis in finance from the UCLA Anderson School of Management, a doctorate degree in chemical physics and a master’s degree in physics from Harvard University, a bachelor’s degree in chemistry with secondary emphasis in English from Columbia University, and is a registered professional chemical engineer in the State of California.

 

He is an active supporter of Bet Tzedek, a provider of free legal assistance to more than 10,000 people of every racial and religious background.  Wunderlich and his wife, Andrea Spatz, a financial planner, reside in Beverly Hills with their son and daughter.





Janna Zurita
Janna Zurita
Born: ​Compton, Calif.
Represents on MWD board:City of Compton
Joined MWD board: November, 2015​
Current MWD committee appointments: Member: Engineering and Operations Committee; and Organization, Personnel and Technology Committee​
Professional and community activities:

​Elected to the Compton City Council in June 2011, Zurita also serves on the board of directors of the Sanitation Districts of Los Angeles County.  She was elected to the Los Angeles County Democratic Party Central Committee, representing the 52nd state Assembly district and served on the California Cities for Self Reliance Joint Powers Authority board.  In addition, Zurita is a member of the National Association for Equal Justice in America, the NAACP, the PTA and the Concerned Citizens of Compton.

 

Zurita volunteered at an early age at the Meals on Wheels Program and was a senior citizen organizer for Dickison Community Lighted Schools, where she also served as a fundraiser and special events coordinator.

 

She co-founded the Compton Walk for a Cure to raise breast cancer awareness and help fund free mammograms in the city.  Zurita also founded the Autism Swim Adventure Club, the Autism Awareness Fair and a support group to provide opportunities and resources for special needs children.  As part of first lady Michelle Obama’s nationwide initiative, Zurita started the Let’s Move Compton Annual Fitness Day.

 

Zurita attended Compton Community College and Long Beach City College, where she was trained and certified as a surgical nurse.  She has a daughter, Chanel.

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