ACWA Leadership

Kathleen J. Tiegs
ACWA President

Kathleen J. Tiegs was elected to a two-year term as president of the Association of California Water Agencies on Dec. 2, 2015. She assumed the office Jan. 1, 2016.

She has served on the Cucamonga Valley Water District Board of Directors since 2005. During her tenure on that board, she has served as board president and vice president. Prior to her board service, she retired from a career in water resource management, working for a wholesale water agency for more than 30 years. During that time, Tiegs was instrumental in establishing the Water Education Water Awareness Committee (WEWAC), a consortium of water agencies promoting the efficient use of water, increasing public awareness, and expanding partnerships with educators to incorporate the conservation message into school curriculum.

Tiegs was elected vice president of ACWA in December 2013 after serving a two-year term as vice chair of the Federal Affairs Committee. She has served on the ACWA Local Government Committee as well as the ACWA Region 9 Board of Directors. She also currently serves on the California Special Districts Association Board of Directors and has served on the ACWA/JPIA Board of Directors. 

Brent Hastey
ACWA Vice President

Brent Hastey was elected to a two-year term as vice president of the Association of California Water Agencies on Dec. 2, 2015.

He is a member of the Yuba County Water Agency Board of Directors and a former member of the Yuba County Board of Supervisors. He also has served on the boards of Reclamation District 784, Yuba County LAFCO, Regional Council of Rural Counties and the Sacramento Area Council of Governments.

In addition to his service in the water management arena, Hastey has worked in higher education both locally and on a statewide level. In 2010, he was elected to the Yuba Community College District, which serves eight counties and spans nearly 4,200 square miles of rural Northern California. He recently was elected to the California Community College Trustee Board, which represents the state's 72 community college districts.

Hastey has served on the ACWA Region 2 Board of Directors since February 2015.

Timothy Quinn
ACWA Executive Director

Timothy Quinn, who became ACWA executive director in July 2007, has more than 30 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 Member Services

As ACWA's deputy executive director for external affairs and member services,  Jennifer Persike oversees the association's External Affairs 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