Oakland, January 11, 2023
EBMUD Board Directors welcome newest member April Chan
OAKLAND - The East Bay Municipal Utility District Board of Directors welcomes its newest member, April Chan, who was sworn into office on January 3.
For the next four years, Chan will represent Ward 7, which includes Castro Valley, portions of San Leandro, San Ramon, and Hayward, and the communities of Cherryland and Fairview. Chan replaces Frank Mellon of Castro Valley. Mellon retired from the Board on December 31, 2022, after serving in the position for 29 years.
Chan is a Bay Area native and the first Asian American woman to serve on the EBMUD board. In 2014, Chan was recognized by the Filipino Women’s Network for her service and leadership in the SF East Bay. In her professional life, Chan worked as a congressional aide with a focus on securing federal funding for infrastructure issues, emergency response, and legislative analysis. Chan also previously served on the Hayward Citizen’s Advisory Commission and was a member of EBMUD’s inaugural Community Water Academy in 2022. She has a master’s degree in public administration from California State University, East Bay. A photo of Chan is available here.
“I am grateful for the opportunity to represent the interests of my community on issues as vital as affordable access to safe drinking water and safe disposal of wastewater,” Chan said. “I thank the voters for entrusting me with this role and look forward to pursuing gains in infrastructure investment, expansion of recycled water, and equitable access for all.”
Also in the November 2022 election, Director Marguerite Young won reelection with nearly 86 percent of the votes representing Ward 3, which includes the cities of Piedmont, Orinda and El Sobrante, the town of Moraga, as well as portions of Oakland, Pinole, and Richmond.
Two board members were reappointed: Director John Coleman, who represents Ward 2, which includes the cities of Lafayette and Walnut Creek, the Town of Danville, communities of Alamo, Blackhawk and Diablo, and portions of Pleasant Hill and San Ramon; and Director Andy Katz, who represents Ward 4, comprised of Albany, Berkeley, El Cerrito, Emeryville, Kensington, and portions of Oakland.
Outgoing board member Frank Mellon served on the EBMUD Board of Directors since 1994 and announced his retirement last spring.
“I think it’s time to turn this chair over to another person who can carry on the responsibilities of this position to represent the good people of Ward 7,” Mellon said.
Also yesterday, board members elected John Coleman and Andy Katz to serve as board president and vice-president, respectively, for 2023, which is EBMUD’s centennial year.
"This year will mark our 100th year of service and this anniversary brings a great opportunity to celebrate all that we have accomplished in a century of reliable service," Coleman said. "The next 100 years, with the strong support of all staff and the board, will allow for an even better future. With all the excitement around this major milestone, it is a privilege and honor to represent the Board of Directors at this time and in this capacity."
EBMUD is led by a seven-member board of directors publicly elected from wards within the 331-square mile service area. They represent 1.4 million people in Alameda and Contra Costa counties. EBMUD’s Board members serve the following wards:
Lesa R. McIntosh (Ward 1) - Crockett, Hercules, Rodeo, and San Pablo; portions of Richmond and Pinole, and the communities of North Richmond, and Selby
John A. Coleman (Ward 2) - Alamo, Lafayette, Walnut Creek, Danville, communities of Blackhawk and Diablo, and portions of Pleasant Hill and San Ramon
Marguerite Young (Ward 3) - Piedmont, Orinda and El Sobrante and the town of Moraga, as well as portions of Oakland, Pinole, and Richmond
Andy Katz (Ward 4) - Albany, Berkeley, El Cerrito, Emeryville, Kensington, and portions of Oakland
Doug Linney (Ward 5) - Cities of Alameda and San Lorenzo, West Oakland, the Oakland Airport Area, and a portion of San Leandro
William B. Patterson (Ward 6) - East Oakland Hills and south of Lake Merritt to the San Leandro boundary
April Chan (Ward 7) - Castro Valley, portions of San Leandro, Hayward, and San Ramon; and the communities of Cherryland and Fairview
The East Bay Municipal Utility District has a proud history of providing high-quality drinking
water for 1.4 million customers in Alameda and Contra Costa counties. EBMUD’s
wastewater treatment serves 740,000 customers and protects the San Francisco Bay.