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Leticia Vasquez-Wilson Elected as First Metropolitan Water District Latina Board Secretary
The Board of Directors for the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California (MWD) has elected its first Latina Board Secretary, Leticia Vasquez–Wilson. The lifelong educator is a member of the Central Basin Municipal Water District (CBMWD) Board of Directors representing Division IV. She is one of the CBMWD’s two representatives to the MWD board.
Vasquez – Wilson is currently serving her second term on CBMWD’s Board of Directors. She serves on the Water Resources and Governmental Affairs Committee. Prior to joining Central Basin’s board, she served as a Lynwood city councilmember from 2003-2007, In 2005, she was selected to serve Lynwood’s first Latina mayor.
“It is an honor and a privilege to serve as the next Secretary for the agency charged with the duty of providing its service area with adequate and reliable supplies of high-quality water to meet present and future needs in an environmentally and economically responsible way,” said Director Vasquez-Wilson. In addition to her new role as the MWD’s board secretary, she also is serving member of the Communications and Legislation Committee, the Conservation and Local Resources Committee, and the Organization, Personnel and Technology Committee at MWD.
Vasquez-Wilson currently teaches in the California Community College system and for National University. She previously taught grades K-12. After earning her bachelor’s degree in criminal justice, she completed a master’s degree in public policy and administration in urban affairs from California State University, Long Beach. Vasquez-Wilson has also earned a master’s degree in education from Pepperdine University.
As a member of MWD’s 38-member Board of Directors, Vasquez-Wilson and her fellow board members are responsible for establishing and administering Metropolitan’s policies and upholding the articles in the MWD Act. MWD is a regional wholesaler that delivers water to 26 member public agencies, who in turn provide water to 19 million people in Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego and Ventura counties.