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CAAWEF Board of Directors

CAAWEF Officers

Jasmin Hall

Chairwoman

Jasmin Hall, President, Board of Directors, Inland Empire Utilities Agency (IEUA). Recently re-elected, Hall represents Division 4 which include a large portion of the City of Fontana, the City of Rialto and the Bloomington area in San Bernardino County. She is the Chair, IEUA, Finance and Administration Committee and the Community and Legislative Affairs Committee. She is the Agency’s representative to the California Special Districts Association, Association of California Water Agencies and the Chino Basin Desalter Authority. In addition, Hall is the President, Chino Basin Regional Financing Authority. The Inland Empire Utilities Agency is a water wholesaler and regional wastewater treatment agency. Based in Chino, IEUA provides water service to more than 800,000 people in the rapidly growing San Bernardino County, Riverside County Inland Empire Area. Director Hall, created the innovative process that earned Inland Empire Utilities Agency the Special District Leadership Foundation’s Award for Excellence. Hall is a former City of Fontana, Planning Commissioner and Chairwoman, Fontana, Parks and Recreation Commission. The San Bernardino community leader holds an MBA Business Degree, National University at San Diego.

Enrico (Rick) Callender (Esq.)

Vice Chairman

Attorney Rick L. Callender is the Chief Executive Officer of Valley Water. Appointed CEO by the Board on May 26, 2020, Mr. Callender oversees an integrated water resources system that includes the supply of clean, safe water; flood protection; and environmental stewardship of waterways for Santa Clara County’s 1.9 million residents.

Mr. Callender earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Engineering and Technology with an emphasis in electronic and computer technology from California State University, Chico, completed all coursework for his Master of Arts in Public Administration from San Jose State University, earned his Juris Doctorate from Northwestern California University School of Law, and is a member of the California State Bar. He has also attended and graduated from eight executive leadership programs at different universities throughout the nation.

Mr. Callender has worked for Valley Water since 1996, serving most recently as the Chief of External Affairs. As the CEA, he led Valley Water’s efforts in strategic external communications to the media, community, and the public. Mr. Callender also oversaw all government relations efforts on local, regional, state, and federal levels, as well as public policies that directly affect Valley Water.

Prior to joining the district, Mr. Callender worked as a Special Assistant to former City of San Jose Mayor Susan Hammer, as a Field Campaign Organizer for the California Democratic Party, as a Congressional Fellow for the United States House of Representatives, Subcommittee on Energy, and as a Congressional Fellow to Congressman Ronald V. Dellums. He also served as president of the San Jose-Silicon Valley NAACP from 2000 to 2008.

Rick also serves on the National NAACP Board of Directors, and serves as President of the California/Hawaii State Conferences of the NAACP.  The California/Hawaii NAACP boasts 74 branches and youth units which are mobilized across the states to help ensure racial justice and equality and is a member of the National NAACP’s Powerful Resolutions committee since 2001.

Carolyn Veal Hunter (Esq.)

Secretary/Treasurer

Carolyn J. Veal-Hunter is a Governmental Advocate with the lobbying firm of Sloat Higgins Jensen and Associates. Carolyn has over 25 years of legislative, legal and management experience. Prior to starting her lobbying career, she was an insider at the California State Assembly as the Chief Consultant to the Utilities and Commerce Committee providing regulatory oversight of the state’s largest electric, gas and telephone companies.

Carolyn has an in-depth understanding of state government and represents clients before the California Public Utilities Commission, the Department of Insurance, and the Board of Equalization. Carolyn has a broad policy background in procurement services including having served as the Regional Counsel and Manager for Cordoba Corporation, a technical consulting firm as well as a Manager in the Government Consulting Services Practice of KPMG Peat Marwick.

Carolyn started her lobbying career as the Director of Government Affairs for AT&T. At Sloat Higgins Jensen and Associates, she has served as the key lobbyist for companies such as SBC, Pacific Gas and Electric, California State University System, DirectTV, DISH Network, BMW North America, Verizon Wireless and Verizon Communications.

A licensed attorney, Carolyn has served as General Counsel for the Black American Political Association (BAPAC) and the National Organization of Black Elected Legislative Women (NOBEL Women). Carolyn is also a Charter Member of Future PAC, has served as President of Jack and Jill of America, Inc. and is currently serving as Treasurer to the California State Conference of the NAACP and is on the Board of the Greater Sacramento Urban League. She hold an Undergraduate Degree from UC San Diego and Law Degree from UCLA Law School.

CAAWEF Board Members

Gloria D. Gray

Board Member

Gloria D. Gray, Chairwoman of the Board of Directors of the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California (MWD). She is the first African American to lead the MWD Board and only the second woman to do so in the District’s 90-year history. MWD is the nation’s largest supplier of drinking water and has been a leader in initiatives and innovation to support water quality and reliability, sound planning, fiscal integrity, climate change, stewardship and diversity. Headquartered in Los Angeles, MWD delivers water to its 26 member public agencies comprised of 14 cities, 11 municipal water districts and one county water authority serving 19 million people. Gray is also an elected representative and Board President of West Basin Municipal Water District. Located in Carson, West Basin serves the water supply needs of the South Bay Region of Los Angeles County. Gray represents District 2, which includes the city of Inglewood and the communities of South Ladera Heights, Lennox and Athens. She is the first African American woman elected to the West Basin Board in its 65-year history. Gray also serves on the Board of Directors of the Association of California Water Agencies and previously was a state assembly appointee to the Delta Stewardship Council. A long-time Inglewood resident, Gray is the former President of the Inglewood Unified School District Board of Education. She has been honored with numerous awards and recognition for exemplary leadership and service. A graduate of the University of Redlands, Gray is a retired health care administrator for the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services and has been a proud member of SEIU Local 721 for more than 30 years.

Robert Luke

Board Member

Robert Luke, Managing Director, Strategic Global Marketing Group, a full service marketing company, managing the export business for U.S. based companies. Current clients include Straight Arrow Products, Bio Creative Enterprises and Levlad (Nature’s Gate). Market coverage spans 58 countries including the U.S. Based in Sacramento, Luke has more than 30 years’ experience with business start-ups and corporate acquisitions. He started his career with Johnson and Johnson Company and segued to marketing with the Clorox Company. Luke has a strong history of brand building for major US companies and a portfolio of accomplishments including the launch of Coors Light Beer, and the development of the award winning “Silver Bullet” campaign. Luke is on the Board of Directors, Future Foundation of Sacramento and former Chair, University of California Library Associates Board. He also served on the San Francisco Produce Association Board. The armed forces veteran attended Law School at the University of San Francisco, BA Degree, University of California Davis and Master’s Degree, California State University, Hayward.

William B. Patterson

Board Member

William “Bill” Patterson was appointed to the East Bay Municipal Utility District’s (EBMUD) Board of Directors in September 1997 to fill the un-expired term of Director Ken Simmons, representing Ward 6 which is comprised of portions of Oakland including East Oakland and the area south of Park Blvd/5th Avenue to the San Leandro boundary. He was later elected in 1998 and re-elected in 2000, 2004, 2008, 2012 and was appointed in 2016 and 2020. He previously served as President of the EBMUD Board of Directors from 2005 to 2007 and as Vice President from 2003 to 2005 and 2015 to 2018.

Director Patterson is a supporter of EBMUD staff and is proud of their accomplishments. He advocates for diversity and equality in employment and in contracting. Director Patterson serves on the EBMUD Legislative/Human Resources and Finance/Administration Committees. He serves on the boards for the Freeport Regional Water Authority and the Upper Mokelumne River Watershed Authority. He also serves as a representative for the Business Forum and Oakland Chamber of Commerce. Director Patterson is immediate past vice president of EBMUD’s Retirement Board where he served from September 1997 to January 2015.  

Director Patterson is widely recognized as one of Oakland’s civic champions. He is a current member of Oakland’s Urban Strategies Council Board of Directors. He has been actively involved in many political campaigns and community organizations for more than four decades. He has received numerous awards in recognition of his accomplishments from governmental, community and political organizations.

Bill is a past president of the Oakland NAACP. He is a retired Oakland Parks and Recreation manager, who has been credited widely by many superstar athletes who have gone on to gain Hall of Fame recognition, including the likes of basketball’s Bill Russell and baseball’s Joe Morgan. He was also a close confidant and adviser to the late Oakland Mayor Lionel Wilson, the city’s first African-American mayor. He has also served on the Oakland Public Ethics and Parks and Recreation Commissions and Workforce Investment Board.

Patterson received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from San Francisco State University and pursued graduate study at UC Berkeley. He resides in Oakland with his family and remains active in numerous community activities.

Emma Maxey

Board Member

Emma Maxey, Retired, Supplier Diversity Manager, Golden State Water Company (GSWC). Maxey led the implementation and management of GSWC’s Supplier Diversity program in compliance with the goals of the California Public Utilities Commission. Under her leadership, the company greatly increased the number of small, minority, women and disabled veteran business partners. As an investor owned water utility, the company is under the jurisdiction of the CPUC. Located in San Dimas, Golden State Water Company is a subsidiary of American State water Company, one of the largest private water service companies in the country. They provide water service to about 250,000 customers in Northern, Coastal and Southern California. They also distribute electricity to more than 25,000 customers in the Big Bear recreational area of California. The University of Redlands graduate is active with business and elected leaders in the Greater Los Angeles area, and is a strong advocate for the Los Angeles African American Women Political Policy Institute. An excellent speaker, Maxey serves on the Advisory Councils for many Community Based Organizations and she speaks at panels, workshops and hearings around the state.

Harold Williams

Board Member

Harold Williams, President, Board of Directors, West Basin Water District. Williams was first elected to the West Basin Board in 2014. He represents Division 1, the Cities of Carson, Palos Verdes Estates, Rolling Hills Estates and the unincorporated Los Angeles County areas of Rancho Dominguez. He is Chair, West Basin Board, Engineering and Operations Committee. He was appointed by his colleagues to serve as one of two West Basin representatives on the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California board of directors. He is also a board member of the National Water Research Institute and CalDesal Executive Committee. Williams has been a California registered civil engineer for 40 years. Throughout his career, he served as City Engineer or Director, Public Works for the cities of Gardena, Carson, Hermosa Beach and Lawndale. A long time Carson resident and community leader, Williams was elected to the Carson City Council in 2004 and represented the South Bay City on the Board of Directors, California League of Cities. An active member of the professional community, Williams served as the President, Southern California Chapter, American Public Works Association and President City/County Engineers Association. He earned Civil Engineer Degree, California State University, and Long Beach.

Steve Welch

Board Member

Steve Welch, Contra Costa Water District (CCWD). Welch was appointed General Manager in December 2019. Based in Concord, he leads a staff of about 300 people and budget close to $360 million dollars. His 30 years of experience includes planning, design, engineering, construction, operations and maintenance of water systems for urban and industrial service area. Welch has a strong track record of success in completing over $1 billion in projects and programs on schedule and on budget. Formed in 1936 to provide water for irrigation and industry, CCWD is now one of the largest urban water districts in California. They are a leader in drinking water treatment technology and source water protection. CCWD delivers drinking water to approximately 500,000 people in eastern Contra Costa County in Northern California. Welch is a registered Civil and Structural Engineer and he holds both a BA and MBA degree from University of California at Berkeley. A native of Martinez, Welch is active in a number of local community organizations in the East Bay. Prior to joining CCWD, Welch was an engineer with the East Bay Municipal Utility District.

Dale R. Hunter

Executive Director

Dale R. Hunter is the Executive Director, California African American Water Education Foundation (CAAWEF). He reports to the Board of Directors and is responsible for the strategic direction, fundraising and overall management of the 501 c3, nonprofit water education organization. The new group is based in Sacramento. The Executive Director is also President, The Hunter Group (THG), a government relations consulting firm focused on water issues. Prior to starting his own firm, Hunter was Director, State Government Relations, Pacific Gas and Electric Company. Under his leadership, PG&E successfully completed the largest groundwater clean-up project in the 100 year history of the San Francisco based utility. He also served as State Legislative Director, Metropolitan Water District of Southern California. Located in Los Angeles, MWD is the largest water agency in the United States. They are a regional wholesaler that delivers water to 26 Member Public Agencies, 14 Cities, 11 Municipal Water Districts and one County Water Authority. Close to 19 million people are in the MWD service territory. A former CORO Fellow, Hunter also completed the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Program for Senior Executives in State and Local Government at Harvard University. The former news reporter received a degree in Journalism, University of Northern Colorado (Greeley).