Ward 1

Director Lesa R. McIntosh

Lesa R. McIntosh President
Term expires: December 31, 2020

Contra Costa County

Cities of Crockett, Hercules, Rodeo, and San Pablo, portions of Richmond and Pinole, and communities of North Richmond and Selby

Lesa R. McIntosh currently serves as the President of the East Bay Municipal Utility District’s Board of Directors. She was appointed by the Board of Directors in February of 1999 to fill the unexpired term of Director John Gioia. She was elected in 2000 and re-elected in 2004, 2008, 2012 and 2016 to represent Ward 1, which includes the Contra Costa County cities of Crockett, Hercules, Rodeo, San Pablo; portions of Richmond and Pinole, and the communities of North Richmond and Selby.

She is responsible for policy decisions affecting more than 1,800 employees, 4 labor unions, 1.4 million water customers and some 685,000 wastewater customers. She is the first African American woman Vice President (2005 and 2006) and President (2007, 2008 and 2016) of this prestigious board. In addition to her service on the EBMUD Board, she represents EBMUD on the Special Districts Association of Contra Costa County and serves as an elected member of the ACWA Region 5 Board of Directors. She also served on the 2014 ACWA Federal Affairs Committee.

McIntosh is a member of the Contra Costa County Bar Association, NAACP - Richmond Chapter, Black Women Lawyers of Northern California, Black Women Organized for Political Action (BWOPA), West Contra Costa County Democratic Club and formerly the Legal Services Foundation Board of Directors, Contra Costa College - Instructor Criminal Justice, Richmond Chamber of Commerce and East Bay Community Development Corporation - board member, president and investigator, Richmond Rotary, Co-Founder, West County Democratic Club and former board member, and League Of Women Voters (WC).

Lesa is a native Californian. She was born in Oakland, grew up in Richmond, and attended Richmond Public Schools, graduating a year early from Kennedy High School. She obtained her B.S. degree in Political Science from UC Berkeley in 1979, and went on to graduate from John F. Kennedy School of Law in 1987 receiving her Juris Doctorate.

Lesa is an attorney and sole practitioner in the city of Richmond for 28 years. Her practice currently focuses on business, estate planning and probate. Over the years she has also practiced criminal law, family law, real estate, bankruptcy, land use, etc. She has been a Lobbyist registered in the City of Richmond. Previously, she was the managing partner at Coulter-Peebles & McIntosh, also in Richmond.

Email: lesa.mcintosh@ebmud.com