LOS ANGELES–(BUSINESS WIRE)–San Fernando Vice Mayor Sylvia Ballin returned today as the city’s
representative on the board of directors of the Metropolitan Water
District of Southern California.
Ballin previously served on the Metropolitan’s 38-member board from
September 2007 to November 2018. She succeeds Yazdan T. Emrani, who
replaced her as San Fernando’s representative last November. She is
currently serving her third term on the San Fernando City Council, where
she was first elected in 2011 and served as mayor from 2014 to 2015 and
from 2017 to 2018. Prior to her election, Ballin spent six years on San
Fernando’s Transportation and Safety Commission.
Prior to joining the Metropolitan board, Ballin worked at the district
for 21 years until she retired in 2007 as a principal administrative
analyst in the facilities management section. During her Metropolitan
career, she served on several employee organizations, including as
president of the Women’s Association for Equal Opportunity and the
Hispanic Employees Association, and as vice president of the Native
American/Alaskan Native Employees Organization and the American
Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Local 1902, Group 12.
A longtime San Fernando resident, Ballin currently chairs the California
Latino Water Coalition Foundation and is president of the Independent
City Finance Authority. As a councilmember, she established a
scholarship program administered by the San Fernando Education
Commission and initiated a Foster Care Fun Day Picnic for local foster
Born in East Los Angeles, the Garfield High School graduate earned a
bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of La
Verne. She also holds an associate of arts degree from Los Angeles
She and her husband, Gary, have two children and four grandchildren.
The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California is a
state-established cooperative that delivers water to 26 member agencies
serving 19 million people in six counties. The district imports water
from the Colorado River and Northern California to supplement local
supplies, and helps develop increased water conservation, recycling,
storage and other resource-management programs.
Note to editors: A photo of Director Ballin is available upon request.
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