LOS ANGELES — Mayor Eric Garcetti today nominated Heather Repenning to serve on the Metropolitan Water District Board of Directors. Repenning brings decades of experience in environmental and public policy to the role.
“Heather has dedicated her life to serving others, standing up for families and students, putting a concerted focus on sustainability, and fighting for workers’ rights,” said Mayor Garcetti. “With her deep background in public service and environmental policy, I know that she will bring integrity, wisdom, and drive to the work of strengthening our water infrastructure and leading the Metropolitan Water District.”
Repenning is the former Vice President of the City of Los Angeles Board of Public Works, which oversees the Department’s $835 million annual budget; there, she helped the agency maintain fiscal stability, and ensured proper management of City services, such as sanitation and garbage collection, wastewater, stormwater, urban tree canopy, public infrastructure, and construction and maintenance of City streets.
As the Commissioner tasked with overseeing the Bureau of Sanitation, Repenning was responsible for managing issues ranging from recycling and food waste to green infrastructure, the Los Angeles River, and the countywide Safe Clean Water Program. She was also a member of the Administrative Oversight Committee for the City’s Proposition O water quality bond program, and founded the Ad Hoc Business Advisory Committee to increase diversity in Public Works’ contracting.
Prior to her role on the Board of Public Works, Repenning worked as Mayor Garcetti’s Director of External Affairs.
“The global climate crisis has magnified the importance of being smart about how we source and distribute our most precious resource,” said Repenning. “I am honored to represent Los Angeles ratepayers, because I have seen firsthand the willingness of Angelenos to pitch in on conservation. With so much technological innovation focused on recycling and green infrastructure, I am confident that we can realize a sustainable vision for managing our water resources that works for everyone.”
Repenning graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Swarthmore College and holds a Master’s Degree in Comparative Literature from the University of California, Irvine. Her nomination is subject to City Council confirmation; if confirmed, she would replace outgoing board member Glen Dake.