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State Water Resources Control Board Members
From left to right: Member E. Joaquin Esquivel, Member Dorene D'Adamo; Chair Felicia Marcus; Member Tam M. Doduc; Vice Chair Steven Moore

Felicia Marcus, Chair

Felicia Marcus, Chair

Felicia Marcus was appointed by Governor Jerry Brown to the State Water Resources Control Board (Board) for the State of California in 2012, and designated by the Governor as Chair in April of 2013. The Board implements both federal and state laws regarding drinking water and water quality, and it implements the state’s water rights laws. The Board sets statewide water quality, drinking water, and water rights policy, hears appeals of local regional board water quality decisions, decides water rights disputes, and provides financial assistance to communities to upgrade water infrastructure.

Before her appointment to the Water Board, Marcus served in positions in government, the non-profit world, and the private sector. In government, Felicia served as the Regional Administrator of the U.S  EPA Region IX in the Clinton Administration where she was known for her work in bringing unlikely allies together for environmental progress and for making the agency more responsive to the communities it serves, particularly Indian Tribes, communities of color, local government, and agricultural and business interests. While at U.S. EPA, Felicia worked extensively on the range of environmental issues under EPA’s jurisdiction, most heavily in air quality, Bay-Delta water, tribal, and US-Mexico border issues.

Prior to that, Felicia headed the Los Angeles’ Department of Public Works at a time when the City went from garnering lawsuits to garnering national awards for environmental excellence. Felicia came to Public Works after extensive experience as a public interest lawyer and community organizer in Los Angeles, including being a co-founder and general counsel for Heal the Bay. In the non-profit world, she was the Western Director for the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), a national environmental leader in bringing science, law, and policy expertise to solving our world’s pressing environmental and conservation challenges. Prior to joining NRDC, Felicia was the Executive VP/COO of the Trust for Public Land (TPL), a national non-profit devoted to conserving land for people. She also was a private and non-profit sector attorney in Los Angeles.

She currently serves or has served in the past on many non-profit boards and Advisory Councils including the Public Policy Institute of California Statewide Leadership Council, Sustainable Conservation, USC-Kesten Institute for Public Finance and Infrastructure Policy, and the Center for Diversity and the Environment. She is also currently an Obama Administration appointee to the Commission on Environmental Cooperation-Joint Public Advisory Council (US, Mexico, Canada) and was a Schwarzenegger Administration appointee to the Delta Stewardship Council prior to being appointed to the Water Board.

Steven Moore, Vice Chair

Steven MooreSteven Moore was appointed to the board by Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. in 2012, reappointed in 2016, and elected as Vice Chair of the Board in 2017. He previously served on the San Francisco Bay Regional Water Board from 2008-2012 under the Brown and Schwarzenegger administrations and held staff positions at that Regional Water Board at various times between 1992 and 2006.

Between 1989 and 2012, Mr. Moore worked over 10 years as an engineer and consultant on a wide variety of water infrastructure projects, including sewer reconstruction, recycled water, stormwater, water supply, stream and wetland restoration, and Environmental Impact Reports throughout California. Mr. Moore has experience both obtaining and issuing discharge permits, wetland permits, and clean water grants and loans. He led Basin Planning for the Regional Water Board from 2002 to 2006.

Mr. Moore holds a B.S. in biological sciences and an M.S. in civil engineering, both from Stanford University. He is a registered civil engineer and a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers.

Tam M. Doduc

Tam Doduc

Tam Doduc serves as the civil engineer on the State Water Resources Control Board. Ms. Doduc most recently served as Deputy Secretary at the California Environmental Protection Agency (Cal/EPA), where she directed the agency's environmental justice and external scientific peer review activities. She also coordinated various environmental quality initiatives, and provided general oversight of children's environmental health programs.

Ms. Doduc began her career in 1989 as an environmental consultant. She then joined the staff of the State Water Resources Control Board and, later, the California Air Resources Board. From 1998 to 2002, Ms. Doduc provided technical and business assistance to environmental technology developers and manufacturers, serving in the Office of Environmental Technology and, later, as Cal/EPA's Assistant Secretary for Technology Certification. From 2002 to 2004, Ms. Doduc served as Cal/EPA’s Assistant Secretary for Agriculture, Air and Chemical Programs.

A licensed civil engineer, Ms. Doduc earned a Bachelor of Science in BioEngineering from the University of California at Berkeley, and a Master of Science in Civil Engineering from the California State University in Sacramento. She also earned a Master of Business Administration from the University of California at Berkeley.

Dorene D'Adamo

Dorene D'Adamo

Dorene D'Adamo was appointed to the board by Governor Brown in 2013. She previously served on the California Air Resources Board from 1999-2013 under the Brown, Schwarzenegger and Davis Administrations, where she was instrumental in the board's air quality and climate change programs and regulations.

Ms. D'Adamo served in various capacities for Members of Congress from the San Joaquin Valley over a 20 year period, working primarily on environmental, water and agricultural legislative policy. She was a representative on the Davis Administration's CALFED team and on the committee to develop UC Merced. She serves on the board of the California Partnership for the San Joaquin Valley and on the Governor’s Drought Task Force.

Ms. D'Adamo also served in a variety of roles within California's criminal justice system, including Assistant Director to the California Department of the Youth Authority, Legal Counsel to the California State Assembly Committee on Public Safety, Consultant to the State Legislative Joint Committee on Prison Construction and Operations. She also was a visiting lecturer for the Department of Politics at the California State University, Stanislaus.

Ms. D'Adamo earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California at Davis and a Juris Doctor from the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law.

E. Joaquin Esquivel

E Joaquin Esquivel image

E. Joaquin Esquivel was appointed to the State Water Resources Control Board (Board) by Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. in March of 2017. Prior to his current appointment to the Board he served as Assistant Secretary for Federal Water Policy at the California Natural Resources Agency. Working in Governor Brown's Washington D.C. office, Mr. Esquivel represented the interests of the Natural Resources Agency and its departments and facilitated, communication, outreach, coordination, and the development of policy priorities between the Agency, the Governor's Office, the California Congressional delegation, and federal stakeholder agencies in the nation's capital.

Prior to his July 2015 appointment to the Natural Resources Agency, Mr. Esquivel worked for U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer of California for eight and a half years in her Washington D.C. office. Starting first as an intern, he held a number of positions and upon leaving was her Legislative Assistant covering the agriculture, Native American, water, oceans, and nutrition portfolios, in addition to being the Director of Information and Technology. The critical topics in his portfolio and diverse constituencies affected by and represented in them was formative to his education and understanding of California’s unique challenges and leadership in resources management. Additionally, his time working for the Senator gave him a broad understanding of the federal government and its agencies, and the critical need to better align local, state, and federal policies and resources to achieve common, if not complex, goals and outcomes for human health, ecological, and economic improvement.

Mr. Esquivel is a graduate of U.C. Santa Barbara with a B.A. in English, was born and raised in California’s Coachella Valley, the is the proud son of educators and grandson of farm workers.

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