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Board of Directors

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A five-member board of directors governs our district, with each director elected to represent one of five geographic areas. The directors serve overlapping four-year terms. The board establishes policy on the district's mission, goals, and operations. It represents the general public in deciding issues related to water supply. The board also has the authority to adopt ordinances that have the force of law within the district.

The board reviews staff recommendations and decides which policies should be implemented in light of the district's mission and goals. The board also monitors the implementation of its policies. The board appoints a general manager to supervise all district operations.

The board operates in compliance with California’s Brown Act. For additional information about the Brown Act, view this presentation.

Marin Water’s board members are elected under the provisions of the Municipal Water District Law of 1911 (State Water Code Section 71000). Directors are elected to represent Marin Water’s five divisions, with elections held in the November general election in even-numbered years. For information on election procedures please visit the County of Marin Elections Department.

Board Members                       

 

 

Division I

Includes Sleepy Hollow, northwest portion of San Anselmo, Terra Linda, Santa Venetia, Marinwood, Lucas Valley, and portions of San Rafael near Highway 101 in the Lincoln Avenue and Dominican areas.

Term

December 7, 2018 to December 2, 2022

Committee Assignments

Vice Chair of Finance Committee and Communications Committee.

Bio

Director Jack Gibson was first elected to the Marin Water Board of Directors in 1994 and he has served continuously on the board ever since. Director Gibson currently serves as the Board President.

A graduate of the University of San Francisco School of Law, Director Gibson has been a practicing attorney and legal educator since 1971. He has his own law practice in Marin County and specializes in business, estate planning, and real estate law. He has provided pro bono legal services to many community non-profit organizations and also has served on several non-profit agency boards of directors.

Director Gibson has a lifelong interest in history and prior to becoming an attorney he was a history teacher in San Francisco. He is the author of Mount Tamalpais and the Marin Municipal Water District, published by Arcadia Press in 2012 to commemorate the district’s centennial.

Director Gibson represents Marin Water on the North Bay Watershed Association (NBWA) Board of Directors and is the chair of NBWA board. He also represents Marin Water on the North Bay Water Reuse Authority Board of Directors, the Sonoma County Water Agency Water Advisory Committee, and the executive committee of the recently formed Tamalpais Lands Collaborative, a partnership with three other Marin County public land managers and the Golden Gate National Park Conservancy.

Director Gibson is a longtime resident of Sleepy Hollow.

Division II

Includes all areas of incorporated San Rafael except Terra Linda and portions of San Rafael around Highway 101 in the Lincoln Avenue and Dominican areas, unincorporated areas of San Rafael contiguous with San Pedro Road, and the unincorporated area of the eastern most portion of North San Pedro Road.

Division III

Includes San Geronimo Valley, incorporated Fairfax plus unincorporated Fairfax neighborhoods, portion of San Anselmo not including north west area, Ross, Greenbrae, Kentfield, Kent Woodlands, and portion of Larkspur north of Corte Madera Creek and west of Highway 101, portion of Larkspur south of Corte Madera Creek and west of Bon Air Road and west of Skylark Road, watershed land lying north of Fairfax-Bolinas Road or contiguous with towns in Division III and up to Division IV boundary.

Term

December 7, 2018 to December 2, 2022

Committee Assignments

Chair of Watershed Committee

 

Division IV

Includes incorporated Mill Valley and all surrounding unincorporated neighborhoods west of Highway 101, the area east of Highway 101 and north of Tiburon Boulevard and west of Tiburon and south of Corte Madera, Sausalito, Marin City, Muir Woods, north and south slopes of Mt. Tamalpais, watershed land south of Fairfax-Bolinas Road and up to Division III boundary, and Fort Baker, Barry, and Cronkhite and portions of Golden Gate National Recreation Area lands within the district's service area.

Term

December 7, 2018 to December 2, 2022

Committee Assignments

Chair of Finance Committee and Communications Committee

Bio

Cynthia Koehler is an environmental attorney and water policy expert with 30 years of experience working on federal and state water and natural resource issues. She is the co-founder and executive director of WaterNow Alliance, a nonprofit network of local water leaders dedicated to advancing sustainable, equitable and climate resilient water solutions nationwide. She has served on the board since 2005. Director Koehler currently serves as the Board Vice President.

In August 2020, she was appointed to serve a two-year term on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Environmental Financial Advisory Board.  She was also appointed to US EPA’s Local Government Advisory Committee (2016-18), Governor Brown’s Urban Advisory Group (2018-17), and serves on the Board of the Water Education Foundation and the Advisory Council for the Pacific Institute, among others. 

She worked previously as the Legislative Director for California water issues for the Environmental Defense Fund, and was the Legal Director for Save San Francisco Bay Association. She is the recipient of The Bay Institute’s Hero of the Bay Award as well as other commendations for her environmental leadership. She has written and speaks extensively on water, utilities and sustainability issues. Cynthia holds a B.A. from Pomona College and J.D. and Environmental Law Certificate from the University of Oregon School of Law.

 

Division V

Includes Corte Madera, portions of Larkspur south of Corte Madera Creek and east of Highway 101, San Quentin, Strawberry, Tiburon and surrounding unincorporated areas, and Belvedere. 

Term

December 2, 2016 to December 4, 2020

Committee Assignments

Chair of District Operations Committee.

 

Compensation

Marin Water provides annual reports on the compensation of its five board members. The Annual Compensation report for FY2020 is available here.

Marin Water also provides compensation information to the California State Controller's Office. The information is available on their website

Policies

The board establishes policy on the district's mission, goals, and operations. It represents the general public in deciding issues related to water supply. The board reviews staff recommendations and decides which policies should be implemented in light of the district's mission and goals. The board also monitors the implementation of its policies. 

To view Marin Water's Board Policies, click here

Division Map 

This map shows the outlines of the geographic regions within the district's service area that each board member represents. Click on the map to type in your address and locate your representative.