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Meet Our Board

Tony Estremera

Tony Estremera

Director, Santa Clara Valley Water District

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 Tony began his tenure on the Santa Clara Valley Water District board in 1996, when he was appointed to fill out Pat Ferraro’s term after the District 2 representative resigned.

The following year, the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors appointed him to represent the North County. In 2001 and 2007 he served as the Board’s chairperson.

Tony has extensive government experience in both appointed and elected positions serving on the Santa Clara County Grand Jury, Santa Clara County Housing Task Force, Valley Medical Center Advisory Board, Santa Clara County Personnel Board, San Jose Municipal Stadium Task Force, (San Jose) Mayor’s Committee on Minority Affairs and the San Jose/Evergreen Community College District Board of Trustees.

Tony is Directing Attorney for the Legal Aid Society of Santa Clara County, and earned his Bachelor’s degree from Santa Clara University and a law degree from UC Berkeley’s Boalt Hall School of Law. He is an active member of the State Bar of California and the Santa Clara County Bar Association.

Correspondence to the Santa Clara Valley Water District Board Members may be sent via e-mail to: board@valleywater.org.

Miguel A. Luna

Miguel A. Luna

Principal, Dake Luna Consultants

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Miguel A. Luna is sought after and respected locally, regionally, and statewide for his expertise in working with diverse communities on social justice issues and advocacy, and for his ability to utilize community reconnaissance in order to develop and implement effective outreach tools and mechanisms for grass-roots coalition building and consensus. He specializes in cultivating relationships with and between community-based organizations, businesses, elected officials, environmental organizations, academia, governmental agencies, and individual stakeholders at the grass-roots level.

 Mr. Luna is a Principal at DakeLuna Consultants, a community-based firm working on local and regional conservation and watershed issues using culture and design as tools for creating sustainable places. As one of the firm’s principals, Mr. Luna plays a key role in its strategic development and implementation. He is also the firm’s Public Relations representative and designs engagement strategies for the firm’s projects.

In 2006, Mr. Luna founded Urban Semillas to educate underserved communities about social and environmental justice issues. Urban Semillas provides community members with community-building skills and empowers them to participate in local and citywide planning and policy. The organization has developed a myriad of successful community engagement programs for youth and adults, carried out over 100 trainings throughout the region, and has lead numerous research projects.

Mr. Luna matured his environmental knowledge while working at Heal the Bay in early 2003 where he held positions as Coastal Cleanup Day Coordinator and as Stream Restoration Specialist. He later served as the Tujunga Watershed Coordinator while at The River Project. There he established and fostered relationships with stakeholders in the Tujunga watershed. He developed and carried out outreach strategies that encompassed watershed management, river advocacy, environmental justice, smart-growth, sustainability, and policy.

Diana Mahmud

Diana Mahmud

Councilmember, City of South Pasadena

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Councilmember Diana Mahmud was elected to the South Pasadena City Council in November 2013. She is the eighth woman to serve on the City Council. With her election, two women simultaneously serve on the City Council for only the second time in City history. Councilmember Mahmud obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics from UCLA, where she was elected undergraduate First Vice President. She obtained her Juris Doctor degree from UC Davis. Councilmember Mahmud is retired from the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California (MWD), where she worked as a public works, contract and energy lawyer. Prior to that, she was employed by the Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office, where she began her legal career as a criminal prosecutor. She later transferred to the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, where she negotiated complex agreements and litigated large construction cases. Prior to her election, Councilmember Mahmud served as Chair of the Water Council and as a member of the Natural Resources and Environmental Commission. She is former Co-President of Women Involved in South Pasadena Political Action, and is a member of South Pasadena Beautiful, South Pasadena Preservation Foundation, Vecinos de South Pasadena, Friends of the Library, and local chapters of the League of Women Voters and the National Women’s Political Caucus. Councilmember Mahmud has volunteered in numerous community organizations during her twenty-five year residence in South Pasadena, and currently serves as a lector at Holy Family Church. In addition to serving as City Council liaison to several South Pasadena Commissions, Ms. Mahmud is Chair of the Clean Power Alliance, a joint powers authority consisting of the unincorporated area of Los Angeles and Ventura counties and 29 cities that will soon provide energy to their residents and businesses. She is also the City’s representative to the San Gabriel Valley Council of Governments and represents the SGVCOG as its representative to the six county Southern California Association of Government’s Energy and Environment Committee. Diana is a member and immediate past Chair of the COG’s Water Policy Committee and member of its Transportation and Committee. Councilmember Mahmud is also one of 12 councilmembers from Los Angeles County who are working to address stormwater funding options. She also serves as a representative of the Arroyo Verdugo region on the League of California Cities – LA County Division’s Board of Directors. Councilmember Mahmud and her husband Richard Helgeson have raised four children in South Pasadena—Joe, John, Marisa and Matt Helgeson.

Irais Lopez- Ortega

Irais Lopez- Ortega

Councilmember, City of Calistoga

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Irais Lopez-Ortega was appointed to Calistoga’s City Council in February 2013. In addition to serving as Councilmember, she represents the City of Calistoga on the following Countywide Board and Commissions: Napa County Gang and Youth Violence Commission, Community Enrichment Grant Subcommittee and Youth Opportunities Commission.

Councilmember Lopez-Ortega is a member of California League of Cities’ Community Services Policy Committee and North Bay Nominating Committee. She has been an active participant of community work including involvement in the Class of 2005 Parent Leadership Institute (MALDEF), the Class of 2010 Alas (Alternative for Auto Sufficience) and the Women’s Initiative of the Bay Area. She has been a member of the Alzheimer Association, Calistoga Community Foundation, Calistoga Soroptimist Club, Mexican Independence Day Committee, 2016 WELL Design Team, and is a Board Member and Liaison of the Spanish Community. Additionally, she is the Founder and Director of the Casa De La Cultura (Children’s Art Program). She is a recipient of the 2006 Women’s Opportunity Award and the 2018 Napa County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce “Women of the Year” award.

Carmen Ramirez

Carmen Ramirez

Mayor Pro Tem, City of Oxnard

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Carmen Ramirez has been an Oxnard City Councilmember since December 2010, having been elected to a second four-year term on the Oxnard City Council in November 2014. She is currently the Mayor Pro Tempore, and maintains a private legal practice, specializing in consumer, Social Security Disability, and housing law matters.

Ms. Ramirez is active in the Volunteer Lawyers Services Program Committee and the Lawyers’ Referral and Information Service Committee, and has been honored by numerous awards, including the Ben E. Nordman Public Service Award of the Ventura County Bar Association, Paul Harris Award of both the Ventura and Oxnard Rotary Clubs, and El Concilio Latino Leader award. In 2012, Governor Edmund G. Brown appointed Ms. Maria Carmen Ramirez to the Commission on State Mandates. She also serves on numerous Oxnard City Council committees, including the Fiscal Policy Task Force, Homeless Task Force, Performing Arts and Convention Center Board, and the Transportation Policy Committee. Additionally, she represents Oxnard on the Ventura County Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCO), the Ventura County Air Pollution Control District, the Ventura County Animal Services Commission, and the Ventura County Continuum of Care commission. She is the elected representative to the Southern California Association of Governments, representing Oxnard, Camarillo and Port Hueneme, and now chairs the Energy and Environment Committee. She is also a Trustee for the Colleges of Law for Santa Barbara and Ventura, and serves on the Ventura County Community Foundation Board of Directors. Ms. Ramirez is a graduate from the Loyola School of Law in Los Angeles. She has been a resident of Ventura County for the last 36 years, and has lived and worked in Oxnard since 1992.

Tonia Reyes Uranga

Tonia Reyes Uranga

Principal Owner, Tonia Reyes Uranga Consulting (TRUConsult)

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Tonia Reyes Uranga is the Principal Owner of Tonia Reyes Uranga Consulting, better known as TRUConsult, an entity that serves non-profits, public agencies and specializes in workforce and municipal policy issues.

Tonia has over 30 years working with workforce and employment issues in Southern California, including working with the Department of Labor (DOL) to explore Non-traditional careers for women and working to facilitate policies and training programs in DOL’s Region IX.

Tonia has worked for the City of Long Beach and County of Orange Workforce Development programs as an Employment and Training Contractor and served as the first Executive Director for the Miguel Contreras Foundation, a Foundation formed by Business and Labor Leaders. She served on the Long Beach City Council from 2002 to 2010 and served on the South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) Governing Board representing the L.A. County Western & Eastern Regions. She recently served as Board Member to the statewide Coalition for Clean Air.

She presently serves and is on the steering committee for the Coalition for Good Jobs and Healthy Communities and serves as Vice-President for Goals for Life, a youth mentoring non-profit. Tonia has also served as Executive Board Member for the California Democratic Party representing the 70th Assembly District. Tonia’s recognitions include the Women in Non-Traditional Employment Roles (WINTER) Public Service Award, Leadership California Community Leader Award, the NAACP Humanitarian Award and the LAMBDA Human Rights Award and the Champion of Justice Award from the LB Area Peace network, to name a few.

Tonia Reyes Uranga earned her B.A. at the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) and graduated from the Harvard Kennedy School’s Executive Education Program for Senior Executives in State and Local Government.  She is a 45-year resident of Long Beach. Tonia and Roberto Uranga, who presently serves as a Long Beach City Council Member and a California Coastal Commissioner, are parents of three adult children. The Uranga family resides in Long Beach.

Victor Griego

Victor Griego

President, Diverse Strategies for Organizing Inc

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Mr. Griego along with other leaders across California created Water Education for Latino Leaders (WELL). The mission of WELL is to ensure that Latino decision makers – both at the local and state level – have a comprehensive understanding of water policy which will be crucial to their being both participants and leaders in crafting sustainable and successful long-term solutions with benefits to all Californians.

 

Currently, Mr. Griego produces the only Latino owned and focused political newsletter mailed to 1.5 million voters during every California election cycle. It is the largest newsletter targeted to Latinos that provides news and information about candidates, propositions, and the issues affecting various political issues.

 

Mr. Griego is also the producer of LA Alliance, a television program that provides an accurate representation of the relationship between Latinos and African Americans in Southern California; the show provides a forum for positive and constructive dialogue on common issues and concerns.

 

In addition, Mr. Griego served as staff director for the Hotel and Restaurant Employees Union. Over the past 30 years he has advised many California Labor Unions on community and political issues. Currently, he chairs the Miguel Contreras Community and Business Council. Miguel Contreras led the Los Angeles County AFL-CIO Federation of Labor from 1996 until his death in 2005. Contreras transformed California electoral politics during that time. The foundation continues his work.

 

The East Los Angeles community of Boyle Heights is where Mr. Griego grew up, and he is currently a resident of South Pasadena. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from Whittier College and a Master of Arts in political science from Claremont Graduate University. He is married to Lily Griego and they have two children and two grandchildren and resides in South Pasadena, CA.

 

Mr. Griego serves the following organizations:

  • California State African-American Museum – Member, Board of Commissioners
  • Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center – Member, Board of Directors
  • Pasadena Chamber of Commerce – Treasurer, Board of Directors
  • Banc of California – Member, Advisory Board
  • Los Angeles Latino Chamber of Commerce/Latin Business Association – Member
  • Climate Resolve – Member, Board of Directors
  • MoveLA – Member, Board of Directors

 

 

Mr. Griego formally served the following organizations:

  • Whittier College – Member, Board of Trustees
  • Cesar Chavez Service Club – President, Board of Directors
  • Coalition for Clean Air – Treasurer, Board of Directors
  • Coro – Member, Board of Directors
  • South Coast Air Quality Management District (AQMD) Air Quality Institute – Member