2023 Board Officers’ Election

Voting has concluded and the results are in for ACWA’s Board officers’ election for the 2024-’25 term. Members of ACWA have elected Cathy Green as President and Ernesto “Ernie” Avila as Vice President. A total of 231 votes were submitted for President and 233 for Vice President. The number of votes necessary to elect the President this year was 116 and the number of votes necessary to elect the Vice President was 117. More information about the official candidates who ran for President and Vice President is available by clicking the “official candidates” drop-down menu below.

To learn more about the Board officers’ duties and authorities view the Board policy. There were multiple changes to the election process this year, including the way ACWA members elected the President and Vice President. Learn more by clicking on the “major changes” drop-down menu below.

Official Candidates

Please click on the names of each candidate to learn more. The information below was submitted by the candidates.


Cathy Green (elected with 231 votes)

Vice President

Ernesto “Ernie” A. Avila (elected with 197 votes)

Michael Saunders (received 36 votes)

Major Changes

Below are some of the major changes. The changes are also available in the Board policy.

  • Member agencies must designate their voting representative by June 16. Learn more under the “How to Vote” section above.
  • A candidate’s nomination statement of qualifications or resume should highlight the candidate’s active involvement in ACWA task forces, regional boards, committees, or the like. Candidates must also submit an abbreviated statement that will be included with the official ballot.
  • The Election Committee will present an open ballot with all qualified candidates that will be distributed July 17. Including all qualified candidates on the ballot eliminates the need for last-minute floor nominations during fall conference.
  • Members of ACWA will elect the President and Vice President by voting electronically before ACWA’s annual meeting at fall conference. Since the voting period has been moved up, the results of the election will be formally announced on Sept. 27. There will be no voting during fall conference.
  • Members who want to vote will need to submit their ballots via electronic communication or first class mail. More information is available under the “How to Vote” dropdown above.
  • If a candidate does not receive a majority of votes for President or Vice President, a run-off election will be held and a new ballot will be sent out on Sept. 26 with the two candidates that received the highest amount of votes. The run-off ballots need to be submitted by Nov. 10.


For questions about the Board officers’ election, contact Senior Clerk of the Board Donna Pangborn at donnap@acwa.com.

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