Environmental sustainability leader and Los Angeles Department of Water and Power executive manager Nancy Sutley returned to her seat today on the board of directors of the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California.
Appointed to the Metropolitan board by Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, Sutley previously served on the 38-member board from 2006 to 2009 before being named chair of President Barack Obama’s White House Council on Environmental Quality. She succeeds John Murray, who represented Los Angeles on Metropolitan’s board for the last 15 years.
In 2014, Sutley joined LADWP as its senior assistant general manager of external and regulatory affairs and chief sustainability officer. In this role, she oversees the agency’s customer service operations, energy efficiency and water conservation programs, environmental regulation, public affairs and legislative team.
“I am proud to welcome Director Sutley back to the board and believe her breadth of experience and expertise will support Metropolitan’s efforts to promote sustainability as we work to ensure water reliability for our Southern California communities,” board Chairwoman Gloria D. Gray said.
Prior to joining LADWP, Sutley served for five years as chair of the White House Council on Environmental Quality, which played a central role in shepherding the Obama Administration’s signature environmental projects, including its 2013 Climate Action Plan.
Sutley has an extensive public service background that includes posts as deputy mayor for energy and environment for the city of Los Angeles, member of the California State Water Resources Control Board, energy advisor for former California Gov. Gray Davis, and deputy secretary for policy and intergovernmental relations at the California Environmental Protection Agency.
She holds a bachelor's degree from Cornell University and a master’s degree in public policy from Harvard University.
Sutley was appointed to the Metropolitan board’s Bay-Delta, Legal and Claims, and Real Property and Asset Management committees.
The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California is a state-established cooperative that, along with its 26 cities and retail suppliers, provide water for 19 million people in six counties. The district imports water from the Colorado River and Northern California to supplement local supplies, and helps its members to develop increased water conservation, recycling, storage and other resource-management programs.