EBMUD Board of Directors Elected new President

Three of EBMUD’s Directors take the Oath of Office at first Board meeting of 2017.

Yesterday the East Bay Municipal Utility District’s board members unanimously elected Lesa R. McIntosh President of the EBMUD Board of Directors through 2018. The Board also unanimously elected William B. Patterson to continue to serve as Board Vice-President.

“I’m proud of outgoing President Frank Mellon’s service to the District and I look forward to working with our constituents and my fellow board members as President,” said McIntosh.

“With a promising outlook for our water supply, EBMUD looks forward to a year of critical reinvestment in infrastructure that delivers high quality drinking water and wastewater services to East Bay residents,” continued McIntosh. “Given the lingering financial challenges of the recent four-year drought, we’ll focus on wise budget decisions while locking in the conservation savings that has made EBMUD a leader among California water agencies.”

President McIntosh, Vice-President Patterson and Director Doug Linney were each sworn in for a four-year term of office that began Tuesday, January 1, 2017 and will end Friday, December 31, 2020.

McIntosh, who represents Ward 1, was reelected to the seven-member board in November 2016. Ward 1 includes Crockett, Hercules, Rodeo, and San Pablo; portions of Richmond and Pinole, and the communities of North Richmond and Selby. McIntosh was appointed to the board in 1999, elected in 2000 and reelected in 2004, 2008 and 2012. She was vice-president of the Board in 2005 and 2006 and served as president in 2007 and 2008.

Patterson was appointed to another four-year term representing Ward 6, which includes Alameda County’s East Oakland Hills and south of Lake Merritt to the San Leandro city boundary. Patterson, who lives in Oakland, is a longtime community activist and former Oakland Parks and Recreation manager. He was appointed to the Board in 1997 and elected in 1998 and reelected in 2000, 2004, 2008 and 2012. He served as board president in 2005 and 2006, following two years as board vice-president.

Linney was appointed by the Board to another four-year term on the Board representing Ward 5, which includes Alameda, San Lorenzo, West Oakland and Oakland Airport Area and a portion of San Leandro. Linney, who lives in Alameda and is president of the Next Generation public relations firm specializing in environmental protection, was first elected to the Board in 2000 and subsequently reelected in 2004, 2008 and 2012. He was board president in 2009 and 2010, following a two-year stint as board vice-president.

EBMUD’s Board of Directors consists of seven members publicly elected by geographical wards. Board members not up for reelection in 2016 and who will continue service on the Board include:

  • Frank Mellon served as Board President in 2016 and represents Ward 7 which includes Castro Valley, portions of San Leandro, Hayward and San Ramon
  • John A. Coleman represents Ward 2, which includes Alamo, Lafayette, Walnut Creek, the Town of Danville, communities of Blackhawk and Diablo, and portions of Pleasant Hill and San Ramon.
  • Andy Katz serves Ward 4, which includes Albany, Berkeley, El Cerrito, Emeryville, Kensington and portions of Oakland.
  • Marguerite Young represents Ward 3, which includes Piedmont, Orinda and El Sobrante and the town of Moraga, as well as portions of Oakland, Pinole and Richmond.