Three new directors representing the cities of Fullerton and Santa Ana as well as the Upper San Gabriel Valley Municipal Water District were seated Tuesday on the board of directors of the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California.
Fullerton City Councilman Fred Jung replaces Adan Ortega, who had served on the 38-member board for the last year.
Santa Ana City Councilwoman Thai Viet Phan succeeds Jose Solorio, who had been the city’s representative since February 2019.
Upper San Gabriel Valley Municipal Water District board member Dr. Anthony Fellow will replace three-year director Charles Trevino.
Board Chairwoman Gloria D. Gray said the three “bring a breadth of expertise and experience, and diverse ideas that will help us address some of the most pressing challenges we face to Southern California’s water reliability. I look forward to working with them.”
Jung was elected in November, becoming Fullerton’s first Asian-American city council member in more than two decades, and serves as vice chair of the Orange County Power Authority, a partnership between the cities of Buena Park, Huntington Beach, Irvine and Lake Forest.
The USC graduate and small business owner also is a member of the boards of directors of the Orange County Housing Finance Trust and the North Orange County Cities Joint Powers Authority.
Phan is a municipal law attorney with an Orange County-based firm and currently serves as the assistant city attorney for the cities of Duarte and Menifee. The first Vietnamese-American and first Asian woman elected to the Santa Ana City Council, she was previously a Santa Ana planning commissioner.
Phan was born near a refugee camp in Thailand after her parents fled the aftermath of the Vietnam War. They settled in Santa Ana in 1989, after months of living in camps in Thailand and the Philippines.
Phan serves on the board of directors of the Vietnamese American Bar Association of Southern California and on the Leadership, Equity, Advocacy, & Diversity Advisory Board for the Rancho Santiago Community College District. She earned a bachelor’s degree in communications studies from UCLA and a dual Law/Master of Public Policy degree from USC.
Fellow returns to the Metropolitan board after previously serving as a director for a total of 17 years during two terms between 1993 and 2011. Elected to the Upper San Gabriel Valley Municipal Water District in 1990, the El Monte resident helped establish the district’s first water recycling program, conservation education programs and a reforestation project in the Angeles National Forest.
Fellow, a 35-year communications professor at Cal State Fullerton, also contributed to the formation of the San Gabriel Basin Water Quality Authority.
Phan will serve on the Metropolitan board’s Legal and Claims committee; Fellow was appointed to the Conservation and Local Resources, Legal and Claims, and Organization, Personnel and Technology committees; and Jung will serve on the Audit and Ethics, Finance and Insurance, and Organization, Personnel and Technology committees.