Governor Appoints 14 to Regional Water Quality Control Boards

Gov. Jerry Brown announced seven new appointments and seven reappointments to California’s Regional Water Quality Control Boards on Oct. 25.

The boards set water quality standards, issue waste discharge requirements, determine compliance and take enforcement actions within regional boundaries based on watersheds. Board members serve part time and are appointed by the governor and confirmed by the state Senate.

Gregory Giusti, 58, of Kelseyville, has been appointed to the North Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board. Giusti has been an advisor and director of forest and wildlands ecology at the University of California Cooperative Extension since 1985. He was an agricultural biologist at the San Mateo County Department of Agriculture from 1981 to 1985 and chief biologist at the Marine Ecological Institute from 1979 to 1981.

Eric Sandel, 69, of Truckee, has been appointed to the Lahontan Regional Water Quality Control Board, where he has served since 1993. Sandel has held multiple positions at S.A. Engineering since 1978, including principal and engineer. He is a licensed professional engineer and a member of the Truckee-Tahoe Engineers Association and the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers.

William Von Blasingame, 55, of Irvine, has been appointed to the Santa Ana Regional Water Quality Control Board. Von Blasingame has been a member of the OneOC Board of Directors since 2011 and of the Orange Children and Parents Together Board of Directors since 2008. He was senior vice president and general manager of Caribbean operations at Mirant Energy Company from 2005 to 2007 and chief financial officer and president at Edison Mission Energy, Asia Pacific from 1986 to 2005.

Stefanie Warren, 35, of San Diego, has been reappointed to the San Diego Regional Water Quality Control Board, where she has served since 2013. Warren has been an attorney at Luce Forward, now McKenna Long and Aldridge since 2006. She was a law clerk for the Hon. Irma E. Gonzalez at the U.S. District Court, Southern District of California from 2005 to 2006. Warren earned a law degree from Emory University School of Law.

Bruce Delgado, 51, of Marina, has been reappointed to the Central Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board, where he has served since 2011. Delgado has been mayor of the city of Marina since 2008 and a botanist at the Bureau of Land Management since 1988. He is co-president of the Chuck Haugen Conservation Fund.

Jeffrey Young, 59, of Santa Barbara, has been appointed to the Central Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board, where he has served since 2000. Young has been an attorney in private practice since 1994. He was general counsel at the California Aquaculture Association from 1995 to 2000 and associate attorney at the Law Offices of Raymond J. Pulverman from 1994 to 1997. He was owner and operator of Pacific Seafood Industries from 1983 to 1992.

Newsha Ajami, 38, of San Francisco, has been reappointed to the San Francisco Bay Regional Water Quality Control Board, where she has served since 2013. Ajami has been senior research associate at the Pacific Institute since 2011. She was a California Council on Science and Technology policy fellow at the California Senate Natural Resources and Water Committee from 2010 to 2011 and a consultant at Berkeley Economic Consulting Inc. from 2007 to 2010. Ajami was a postdoctoral researcher at the University of California, Berkeley from 2005 to 2009.

James McGrath, 64, of Berkeley, has been appointed to the San Francisco Bay Regional Water Quality Control Board, where he has served since 2007. He was manager of the Port of Oakland Environmental Department from 1990 to 2005 and a coastal protection analyst at the California Coastal Commission from 1976 to 1990. McGrath was an environmental protection specialist at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency from 1971 to 1976. He is a member of the Bay Conservation and Development Commission.

Karl Longley, 76 of Fresno, has been appointed to the Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board, where he has served from 1999 to 2013 and served from 1989 to 1997. Longley has been water resources coordinator at the California State University, Fresno California Water Institute since 2005. He has held multiple positions at California State University, Fresno, College of Engineering since 1982, including professor, dean and dean emeritus.

Carmen Ramirez, 37, of Merced, has been reappointed to the Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board, where she has served since 2011. Ramirez has held multiple positions at the Law Offices of Fagalde Albertoni and Flores since 2008, including attorney and associate attorney. She was a redevelopment associate at the City of Merced Office of Economic Development from 2003 to 2007.

Ellen Way, 46, of La Quinta, has been reappointed to the Colorado River Basin Regional Water Quality Control Board, where she has served since 2004. Way has been owner of Sanders Way Ranch since 1990. She was president of California Women for Agriculture from 2000 to 2002 and an agricultural specialist for Assembly Member James Battin from 1994 to 2000. Way was a merchandising representative and food service manager at Sun World International from 1990 to 1994.

Nancy Wright, 62, of Whitewater, has been reappointed to the Colorado River Basin Regional Water Quality Control Board, where she has served since 2012 and served from 2000 to 2007. Wright has been vice president at Peter Wright General Contractor since 1997 and co-owner of the Wright Window Company since 1994. Wright is vice chair of the Riverside County Local Agency Formation Commission and vice president of the Mission Springs Water District Board of Directors.

Charles Stringer, 50, of Los Angeles, has been appointed to the Los Angeles Regional Water Quality Control Board, where he has served since 2010. Stringer has been principal and general counsel at the Renewable Resources Group since 2006. He founded and was owner of the Law Offices of C. M. Stringer from 2001 to 2006 and was senior legal and policy advisor at the Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission from 1999 to 2001. Stringer was senior assistant tribal attorney for the White Mountain Apache Tribe from 1996 to 1998 and assistant regional counsel at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Region 10 from 1992 to 1996.

Lawrence Yee, 65, of Ojai, has been reappointed to the Los Angeles Regional Water Quality Control Board, where he has served since 2012. Yee has been president and coordinating director of the National Food Commons since 2010. He was a national program leader for food marketing systems innovations at the Department of Agriculture from 2003 to 2004 and held multiple positions at the University of California Cooperative Extension from 1975 to 2008, including director of the University of California Cooperative Extension in Ventura County and director of the University of California Hansen Trust. Yee is a member of the Los Angeles Food Policy Council.