Governor Announces Two Appointments to California Water Commission

Gov. Jerry Brown has appointed David Orth, general manager of the Kings River Conservation District, and Adan Ortega, sole proprietor of Adan Ortega Associated, to the California Water Commission, it was announced Wednesday.

Orth, 55, of Clovis, serves as vice chair of ACWA’s Region 6 and is a member of ACWA’s Board of Directors. He has been general manager of Kings River Conservation District since 2002, and previously served as vice president of resource management for the California Valley Land Company Inc. from 2000 to 2002. Orth held multiple positions at Westlands Water District from 1986 to 2000, including general manager and director of finance, and was deputy treasurer and principal accountant at the Fresno County Auditor-Controller and Treasurer’s Office from 1982 to 1986.

Ortega, 50, of Fullerton, has been the sole proprietor of the Adan Ortega Associated public affairs firm since 2009. He was deputy managing partner at Rose and Kindel from 2005 to 2008 and vice president of external affairs at the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California from 1999 to 2005. Ortega was chief deputy secretary of state at the Office of the California Secretary of State from 1997 to 1999 and assistant general manager at the West and Central Basin Municipal Water Districts from 1994 to 1997. He was vice president at the Dolphin Group from 1985 to 1993. Ortega is chair of Mujeres de La Tierra and an advisory council member at Southern California Sustainable Conservation.

Both appointments require Senate confirmation.