ACWA Seeks Leaders for 2022-’23 Elected Term

  • by ACWA Staff
  • Jun 9, 2021
  • Water News

The ACWA Nominating Committee is seeking nominations for qualified candidates to serve as ACWA president and vice president for the 2022-’23 elected term. A memo announcing the call for candidates was emailed to ACWA member agency presidents and general managers on June 1.

In a separate effort, ACWA is also currently seeking candidates for its 10 region boards. More information about the region election process is available online.

Candidates for president and vice president must be elected or appointed directors of ACWA member agencies, according to ACWA Bylaws and Board of Directors’ policy.

Nominations must be accompanied by an official nominating resolution from the ACWA member agency on whose board the nominee serves. A statement of qualifications or resume highlighting the proposed candidate’s background and qualifications also must be submitted for the Nominating Committee’s review.

Additional letters or resolutions of support from other agencies may be submitted, but they are not required.

Resolutions to nominate a candidate must be received in the ACWA office or by email by Sept. 1 to be considered by the Nominating Committee. Nominees will be notified regarding individual interviews, which will be conducted in September. The Nominating Committee’s recommended slate will be announced at the Sept. 24 ACWA Board of Directors’ meeting.

Elections are scheduled for Dec. 1 during the ACWA 2021 Fall Conference & Exhibition.

Nominating Committee members are:

Jennifer Burke, Region 1 David Pedersen, Region 8
David Cehrs, Region 6 Brian Poulsen, Region 3
Cheryl Clary, Region 10 Harvey Ryan, Region 9
Brent Hastey, Region 2 John Varela, Region 5
Justin Mendes, Region 7 John Woodling, Region 4

President Steven LaMar appointed the committee during ACWA’s 2021 Virtual Spring Conference on May 12.

“Water has always been California’s most challenging and most fought-over resource,” said Nominating Committee Chair Brent Hastey. “ACWA’s leadership is critical to help water agencies throughout the state have a voice in the water issues that affect us all so profoundly. ACWA’s voice will be incredibly important in the year ahead, to help find positive solutions to drought, watershed health, water quality and so much more. Strong ACWA board leadership is critical to the success of the organization in advocating on behalf of our members and setting the organizational priorities. The Nominating Committee is calling for qualified candidates to fill this important position.”

To recommend a candidate for nomination, send a copy of the agency resolution and the candidate’s background by Sept. 1 to:

Brent Hastey, Nominating Committee Chair
c/o Donna Pangborn, ACWA
980 9th Street, Suite 1000
Sacramento, CA 95814

Please email a copy of the agency resolution and candidate’s statement of qualifications/resume to ACWA’s Clerk of the Board Donna Pangborn at

More information and an election timeline is available to members online. For questions, please contact Donna Pangborn at 916-441-4545 or

Sample Resolution Nominate

Sample Resolution Support

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