Board of Directors

Western’s five-member board of directors comprise the governing body of Western. Western’s Board of Directors are responsible to the members of the public of their respective division, and to the general public within the Western service area, for the proper conduct of Western affairs.

Directors are elected to four-year terms by the registered voters in five geographic divisions. Divisions are apportioned by population. The five Director's terms are staggered to ensure continuity. While they do not have to be Western retail water customers, Directors must reside within their division.

Board of Directors Meetings

Western’s Board of Directors meets on the first and third Wednesday of each month at 9:30 a.m. in the Board Room located at 14205 Meridian Parkway in Riverside, California. Customers can also tune into Board Meetings via livestream.

Agendas are posted online in advance of each meeting and recordings are made available following each meeting. For access to agendas, livestream and recordings, visit wmwd.com/BoardMeeting.

All Board Meetings are open to the public.

Note: Due to the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic, Western has closed its lobby and facilities to public access; however, Western has a virtual/call-in option for those customers and public participants to provide public comment during Board and Committee meetings. Information is available at wmwd.com/BoardMeeting.

  1. Division 1  Mike Gardner
  2. Division 2   Gracie Torres
  3. Division 3   Brenda Dennstedt
  4. Division 4  Laura Roughton
  5. Division 5   Fauzia Rizvi

Director Mike Gardner_Circular Headshot


Division 1

Mike Gardner | Secretary-Treasurer 

An advocate for water supply diversity with more than two decades of experience in environmental planning and a combined 35 years of utility management, oversight and policy experience, Mike Gardner joined Western’s Board of Directors in December 2020. He represents Division 1 which includes a portion of the City of Riverside located north of Highway 91 and extending to the San Bernardino County line.

Director Gardner serves on the board for Western’s Finance Committee and the joint committee for the City of Riverside.  He also represents Western on the Highgrove Municipal Advisory Council and is the alternate representative on the Chino Desalter Authority, Santa Ana Watershed Project Authority, Chino Basin Watermaster and the Western Riverside Council of Governments Executive Committee. In addition, Director Gardner is also an alternate on the Eastern, Elsinore Valley, and Rancho California Water Districts joint committees and the Riverside Advisory Committee.  

Mike Gardner served on the Riverside City Council for 12 years, where he was a member of the council committee overseeing Riverside’s Public Utilities. He is currently a Governor’s appointee to the Seismic Safety Commission and has served three Governors over the past ten years.

Director Gardner is currently a Board member for the Mary S. Roberts Pet Adoption Center, Animal Solutions Konnection and Sunshine Haven Wildlife Rehabilitation. He is a graduate of Leadership Riverside, class of 2005.

Mike Gardner is a 49-year resident of the City of Riverside, where he currently lives with his wife. His current term on the Western Board of Directors expires in December 2022.

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