Two new directors joined the Orange County Water District (OCWD) Board of Directors this month. Claudia Alvarez of Santa Ana replaces former Director Jose Solorio who was recently elected to the California State Assembly and Irv Pickler of Anaheim replaces former Director and Anaheim City Council member Richard Chavez.
Claudia Alvarez was appointed by the Santa Ana City Council to represent the city of Santa Ana. Alvarez is a member of the Santa Ana City Council as well as deputy district attorney for Orange County. In addition to her civic leadership, Alvarez also manages a private law practice. She previously served as president of the Hispanic Bar Association, vice president of KinderCaminata, a program that introduces low-income kindergarten students to higher education through local community colleges, and as president of MANA, a national Latina organization. She completed undergraduate degrees in criminal justice and political science at California State University, Fullerton and received her law degree from Loyola Law School.
Irv Pickler was appointed by the Anaheim City Council to represent the city of Anaheim. An OCWD Board veteran, Pickler was previously appointed to sit on the OCWD Board for three separate terms: 1992-1995, 1996-2000 and 2000-2002. He served as president of the Board from 1998-2000 and was chairman of the Joint Cooperative Committee for the Groundwater Replenishment System, a joint project between OCWD and the Orange County Sanitation District. A lifelong civil servant, Pickler’s community involvement includes previous positions on the Anaheim City Council as chairman of the Orange County Planning Commission, vice chairman of the Orange County Transportation Authority, past president of the Orange County Division of the League of California Cities, chairman of the Orange County Solid and Hazardous Waste Management Advisory Committee and member of the Water Advisory Committee.