News Release

Posted on: January 29, 2015

Director Jack Gibson Elected MMWD 2015 Board President; New VP is Director Cynthia Koehler

Director Jack Gibson of Sleepy Hollow was recently elected president of the Marin Municipal Water District Board of Directors for 2015, taking over from outgoing president Director Armando Quintero of San Rafael. Director Cynthia Koehler of Mill Valley was elected vice president.

Gibson joined the MMWD board in 1994 and represents MMWD Division I, which includes Sleepy Hollow, Terra Linda, Santa Venetia, Marinwood, Lucas Valley, and parts of both San Anselmo and San Rafael.

In addition to serving as MMWD board president in 2015, Gibson will represent MMWD on the executive committee of the newly formed Tamalpais Lands Collaborative, the North Bay Watershed Association Board of Directors, the North Bay Water Reuse Authority Board of Directors, and the Sonoma County Water Agency Water Advisory Committee.

Gibson has a private law practice in Marin and is a graduate of the University of San Francisco School of Law. He is the author of Mount Tamalpais and the Marin Municipal Water District, published by Arcadia Press in 2012 to commemorate the district’s centennial.

Koehler, a board member since 2004, represents MMWD Division IV, which includes Mill Valley and surrounding neighborhoods, Sausalito, Marin City, and nearby public lands.

In 2015 Koehler will also chair the district’s Finance and Communications committees and she represents MMWD on the Association of California Water Agencies’ Federal Affairs Committee.

Koehler is the executive director and co-founder of Water Now, a non-profit dedicated to sustainable water solutions at the community level. Koehler has 20-plus years’ experience in Western water law and policy development with such organizations as the Environmental Defense Fund and Save San Francisco Bay Association. She is a graduate of Pomona College and the University of Oregon School of Law.

Other members of MMWD’s board are newly elected Director Larry Bragman of Fairfax, Director Armando Quintero of San Rafael, and Director Larry Russell of Tiburon.

MMWD is Marin County’s largest provider of drinking water, serving a population of 186,000 in a 147-square-mile area of south and central Marin County. The district owns and manages 21,635 acres of watershed land on Mt. Tamalpais and in west Marin. The primary source of water supply is rainfall captured in seven reservoirs, providing 75 percent of the water consumed each year. The remaining 25 percent is imported annually from the Russian River through an agreement with the Sonoma County Water Agency. MMWD also operates its own recycled water system. District operations are financed primarily by revenue from the sale of water. The annual operating budget for the district for fiscal year 2014-15 is $77.2 million.

Media contact: Libby Pischel, 415-945-1421, lpischel@marinwater.org

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