Ernesto A. Avila, P.E., was appointed in March 2016 to represent Division 3, which includes eastern Concord, Clayton, and part of Walnut Creek and Pleasant Hill. He began serving as Vice President in December 2020, and currently serves as the Chair of the Finance and Operations & Engineering Committees.
Mr. Avila has over 32 years of professional experience in planning, environmental compliance, regulation, design, and construction of water and wastewater works and municipal facilities. He is currently Principal/ Vice-President of a private engineering firm.
As a member of the Board, Mr. Avila brings his dedication to the community, passion for water issues, and his experience in the private and public sectors.
For the community, Mr. Avila has volunteered for many citizen-based committees/organizations including the Walnut Creek Transportation Commission, the Concord Planning Commission, the John Muir/Mount Diablo Community Health Fund, the Knights of Columbus and the St. Francis of Assisi School Board. While working full time, he has made volunteering in the community a priority, representing his neighbors and family on important issues that affect their everyday life.
Mr. Avila is passionate about water issues in his professional life, working on a variety of issues statewide during his career. Among several relevant positions, he served as Director of Engineering at CCWD before moving on to become General Manager of Monterey Peninsula Water Management District. He also served as Executive Director for the California Urban Water Agencies and Program Director for the Multi-State Salinity Coalition. He has experience on water projects of all shapes and sizes, including water treatment plant improvements, dam retrofits, and watershed management and habitat conservation projects.
Mr. Avila lives in Clayton and is a licensed civil engineer with a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Santa Clara University and a master’s degree in Business Administration from St. Mary’s College of California.