BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Directors of the San Gabriel Valley Municipal Water District are elected during state general elections and serve four-year terms. Candidates report their campaign income and expenses to the state Fair Political Practices Commission that monitors the elections. The finances of the district are subject to regular independent audit and are freely monitored by the media and other elected officials.
The Board is entrusted with providing overall policy and financial oversight and guidance to the Water District’s operations. The Board meets regularly, normally on the second Monday of each month at 8 a.m. at the District’s headquarters. The public is welcome to attend meetings and may confirm meeting dates, times and agenda by visiting the CALENDAR section of this web site.
President, Board of Directors
Thomas Wong was elected in November 2012 to the Board of Directors of the San Gabriel Valley Municipal Water District, Division 3, representing the City of Monterey Park, and named President of the District in December 2015.
At the District, Thomas is leading efforts to ensure a clean, sustainable and affordable water supply for generations to come, and has championed efforts to better engage the community on pressing issues, including the state's ongoing drought.
Thomas previously served as a member and chair of the Monterey Park Environmental Commission, where he championed efforts to help families and businesses save money and live healthier. He has worked tirelessly to raise awareness about local environmental and quality of life issues to spur community and individual action.
Thomas received his Bachelor's degree in Economics with a minor in Geography/Environmental Studies from UCLA and his Master of Public Administration degree from USC.
Thomas A. Love, P.E
Vice President, Board of Directors
Mr. Love has over thirty years experience in public agency, water resources and engineering management. He is currently General Manager of Crescenta Valley Water District.
Tom holds a B.S. in Civil Engineering and Postgraduate Studies in Statistics from Utah State University. He is a professional civil engineer, a member of American Water Works Association, American Society of Civil Engineers, WateReuse and Association of California Water Agencies.
Mr. Love is also involved in the local community serving on the Methodist Hospital Foundation Board, Consultative School Board and Governing Board for Creative Arts. Tom has lived in Sierra Madre since 1997 with his wife, Moira, and their four sons.
Raul Romero represents Division V, the City of Azusa. He was elected in November 2010 and began serving on the Board of Directors in January 2011. Mr. Romero has a keen interest in water issues and is eager to engage the community on this important resource.
Mr. Romero has worked as a Union Representative/Organizer for more than twenty five years for four different unions: Service Employees International Union, American Federation of Government Employees, United Auto Workers and United Domestic Workers of America. He also served in the First Infantry Division in Vietnam from 1967-1968.
A long time resident of Azusa, Mr. Romero is active in many civic and community organizations throughout the San Gabriel Valley and the State of California. He is currently board member of the San Gabriel Valley Civic Alliance, State Vice President for the Labor Council for Latin American Advancement, delegate of the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor AFL-CIO, member of the California Congress of Seniors, regional organizer for the American Association of Retired People, member of the California Alliance of Retired Americans and member of multiple Democratic Party clubs in the San Gabriel Valley. Mr. Romero is a former board member of both Nosotros and Hispanic Americans for Fairness in the Media.
Mr. Romero has been married to his wife, Rachel Romero, for more than forty years and they have three children and six grandchildren.
John S. Leung
John S. Leung is the Board Member of Division II, the northern section of the City of Monterey Park and the southern section of the City of Alhambra. Mr. Leung was first elected to the Board in 1992 and now serves as Vice President of the Board and is Chair of the External Affairs Committee and sits on the Engineering and Operations Committee.
Mr. Leung has represented SGVMWD on the San Gabriel Valley Protective Association and the San Gabriel Basin Water Quality Authority Board of Directors. Outside of the Board, Mr. Leung has served on the Executive Advisory Council of the College of Business Administration of California State Polytechnic University, Pomona; member of the President's Circle of Rio Hondo Community College; member of the Board of Directors and the Executive Board of the San Gabriel Valley Economic Partnership; and Chairman of the Board for the El Monte/South El Monte Chamber of Commerce.
Mr. Leung has lived in Monterey Park for nineteen years. He holds an MBA in management and a BS degree in Civil Engineering. He has worked as an engineer for the City of Los Angeles Building Department and for CalTrans and has also served on the boards of the Monterey Park Savings Bank and Trust Savings Bank. He is currently CEO of Southern California Community Investment Group, a local infrastructure development entity. Mr. Leung also holds a California Professional Civil Engineer's Certificate, a California Real Estate Broker's License, and a General Contractor's License. He is also a member of the American Water Works Association.
Mark R. Paulson
PERSONAL: Mark was born, raised and lives in Alhambra. He graduated from Fremont Elementary School, Alhambra High School and Rio Hondo Junior College. He's been married to Susan for 28 years, and she is a teacher at Granada Elementary School. They have two sons, Christopher, who is a graduate of Alhambra High School and Boston University, and is now attending Pepperdine University; and Timothy, a senior at Alhambra High School.
PROFESSIONAL: Mark is a senior Sales Associate with Anthony Venti Realtors.
- Past President of East Alhambra Little League
- Past President of Alhambra Downtown Business District
- Founding President of the Alhambra Tournament of Roses Association
- Past President of the Alhambra Chamber of Commerce
- Past President of the Alhambra Parks & Recreation Commission
- Past President of the Alhambra Planning Commission
- Founding Past President of the Alhambra Educational Foundation
- Past President of the Rotary Club of Alhambra
- Past President of the Independent Cities Association
- Governing Board Member of Alhambra Hospital Medical Center
- Pasadena Tournament of Roses
- Elected to the Alhambra City Council in 1994, re-elected in 1998 and 2002. Served four terms as Mayor. Termed out of office December 1, 2006.
- Elected to the San Gabriel Valley Municipal Water District as a Director on January 8, 2007.
AWARDS & RECOGNITION
- Recipient of the Alhambra Chamber of Commerce Distinguished Citizen Award for 2002
- Recipient of the Alhambra High School PTA Honorary Service Award - 2007
- Recipient of the Service To Education Award by the Alhambra Educational Foundation 2007