ACWA Leadership

John Coleman
ACWA President

John A. Coleman was elected president of the Association of California Water Agencies in December 2013.

He has been a member of the East Bay Municipal Utility District Board of Directors since 1990, serving as president of the EBMUD board from 1996 to 2000 and vice president in 2009 and 2010.

Coleman is a past president of the board of the California Association of Sanitation Agencies and is past president of DERWA, the joint powers authority for recycled water service provided by EBMUD and the Dublin-San Ramon Services District. He currently chairs the Upper Mokelumne River Watershed Authority and is chair of the Freeport Regional Water Authority.

He is the immediate past chair of ACWA’s Federal Affairs Committee and also serves on the Board of Directors of the East Bay Leadership Council and the Maritime Industry Advisory Board of the California State University Maritime Academy. He served on the Board of Directors of National Water Resources Association (NWRA), Association of Bay Area Government’s CALFED Task Force, and the Advisory Council for California Forward, serving as chair of its Water and Land Use Subcommittee.

Coleman served Governors Wilson and Davis as Deputy Director of External Affairs for the California Conservation Corps. Coleman is the Chief Executive Officer of the Bay Planning Coalition, located in Oakland.

Kathleen J. Tiegs
ACWA Vice President

Kathleen J. Tiegs was elected vice president of the Association of California Water Agencies on December 4, 2013.

She was elected to the Cucamonga Valley Water District Board of Directors in November 2005 and is the immediate past President. She currently serves on the Human Resources & Risk Management and Legislative & Public Affairs Committees, and is a Director of the Fontana Union Water Company.

Timothy Quinn
ACWA Executive Director

Quinn, who became ACWA executive director in July 2007, has more than 25 years of experience in California water issues. He has worked on several key policy initiatives, including the Bay-Delta Conservation Plan now under development to protect species and provide regulatory assurance to water users. He also participated in negotiation of the 2002 Sacramento Valley Water Management Agreement, the 2000 CALFED Record of Decision, the 1995 Monterey Agreement, the 1994 Bay-Delta Accord, and a number of water transfer agreement.

Jennifer Persike
Deputy Executive Director for External Affairs and Operations

As ACWA's deputy executive director for external affairs and operations, Jennifer Persike oversees the association's External Affairs and Operations Team to support and advance ACWA's image / brand, issues, policies and delivery of service to members. A member of the ACWA executive management team, she coordinates strategic planning and communication across the organization and oversees outreach for external efforts, partnerships and coalitions with members and key stakeholders. Persike also represents the association before members, media, key stakeholders and the public.

Cindy Tuck
Deputy Executive Director, Government Relations

As ACWA's deputy executive director, government relations, Cindy Tuck leads and oversees the association's Government Relations Team, which includes the Federal Relations Department, State Relations Department and a special projects manager. A member of ACWA's executive management team, Tuck coordinates strategic planning and policy development and represents ACWA on certain top priority issues before Congress, the California Legislature and federal and state executive branch agencies and departments.

Management Team

Board of Directors