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Caldesal appoints Wendy Ridderbusch as Executive Director

  • Caldesal appoints Wendy Ridderbusch as Executive Director
    Photo: Wendy Ridderbusch. Credit: ACWA Twitter account

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CalDesal is a non-profit organization that advocates in Sacramento and throughout the state for legislation and regulatory action to facilitate the use of ocean and ground water desalination to help meet California’s water-supply challenges.

Caldesal has appointed former ACWA Director of State Legislative Relations Wendy Ridderbusch as its next Executive Director.

CalDesal is a membership-based organization of public and private entities in California as the leading advocacy organization supporting ocean and groundwater desalination and salinity management.

“Ms. Ridderbusch’s expertise and well-respected leadership in California water policy will advance not only CalDesal’s initiatives, but benefit the entire state,” said CalDesal Board Chair Robert Shaver. “With more than three decades of experience, I trust that she will guide the organization toward helping the state achieve its goal of building a climate-resilient water system and ensure healthy waterways for the state’s communities, economy and environment.”

Wendy Ridderbusch of Ridderbusch Strategies, Inc. is a thirty-year veteran of state public policy and politics, with twenty of those years working specifically within California water.

She recently capped a career in Sacramento as Director of State Legislative Relations for the largest statewide association for water agencies in the country. In that role she guided ACWA’s forty-member State Legislative Committee to take positions on key bills impacting all facets of the operations of over four hundred thirty member agencies.

Wendy Ridderbusch said: “I am excited to work with CalDesal’s members to take the organization to the next level as it reaches its decade of serving as the leader on California salinity management and desalination.”

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