Celeste Cantú is vice chair of San Diego Water Quality Control Board. Previously she was CEO of Water Education for Latino Leaders (WELL), which informs local leaders about water policies that promote a robust economy, healthy communities, and a resilient environment for all Californians. Before joining WELL in 2017, she served as general manager for the Santa Ana Watershed Project Authority. There she worked on an Integrated Regional Watershed Management Plan called One Water One Watershed. She previously served as the executive director for the California State Water Resources Control Board and as the USDA rural development state director for California. She was born and raised in Calexico, where she served as planning director and later as executive director for the Imperial Valley Housing Authority. She joined the PPIC Water Policy Center Advisory Council in 2015 and became chair in 2017. She holds a master’s in public administration from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government and a BA in urban planning and policy from Yale.
Chair, PPIC Water Policy Center Advisory Council