The East Bay Municipal Utility District Board of Directors unanimously appointed Alexander R. Coate to serve as the 10th General Manager on January 25, 2011.
Coate, architect of EBMUD's 30-year water supply plan, came to the District in 1993 as an associate engineer in the Wastewater Office of Reclamation. Previously, he worked for ten years with private legal and engineering consulting firms.
At the District, Coate became a familiar face when he worked as manager of Environmental Compliance, ensuring EBMUD met emerging and stricter environmental standards before creating the District's Regulatory Compliance Office, which provides for the District's overall safety and security.
Then, in 2003, Coate became manager of the Water Supply Improvements Division, a group that did much of the work to allow the historic Freeport Regional Water Facility to become a reality. In 2007, well-known and respected within the District and the water community for his ability to get critical work done with a team-oriented approach, he was appointed Director of Water and Natural Resources.
In that capacity, Coate led a multi-year effort to gauge service area water needs and develop a plan to meet them over the next 30 years through the Water Supply Management Program (WSMP 2040).
Coate, who attended high school in San Francisco, has a Bachelor of Arts in Neurobiology and a Masters of Science in Civil/Environmental Engineering, both from UC Berkeley. He resides in Lafayette with his wife and two children.