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Recording Posted: A Conversation with State Water Board Chair Joaquin Esquivel

By June 30, 2022News, News & Info

Recorded Thursday, June 30, 2022, 9-10 a.m.

The Regional Water Authority welcomed Joaquin Esquivel, Chair of the State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB), to explore the priorities of the SWRCB, how the SWRCB is addressing the drought, and Making Conservation a California Way of Life (including the Long-Term Standards for Efficient Use of Water). You can access the recording here.

Photo of Joaquin Esquivel by Michael Troutman

E. Joaquin Esquivel was appointed to the State Water Resources Control Board by Governor Jerry Brown in March 2017, designated by Governor Gavin Newsom as Chair in February 2019, and reappointed to the board by Governor Newsom in 2021. Previously, he served as Assistant Secretary for federal water policy at the California Natural Resources Agency in the Governor’s Washington, D.C. office.

For more than eight years prior to that, Joaquin worked for U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer of California, most recently as her legislative assistant covering the agriculture, native american, water, oceans, and nutrition portfolios, in addition to being the director of Information and Technology.

He was born and raised in California’s Coachella Valley. He holds a BA in English from the University of California, Santa Barbara.