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Adriana Renteria

State Water Board

Director, Office of Public Participation


pronouns: She/Her, They/Them
state: CA
Tribal Affiliation: NO
languages: English, Spanish
race + ethnicity: Mexican American, Mexican, or Chicana/o/x
Adriana is the Director of the Office of Public Participation (OPP) at the California State Water Resources Control Board, which was created to ensure the Water Boards’ decision-making processes involve the public and incorporate perspectives from underserved communities and California Native American Tribes. OPP supports the Water Boards by implementing effective stakeholder engagement and public outreach, facilitating meetings, and providing resources for language access. Adriana is also the Water Boards' Tribal Liaison and in this capacity, they facilitate government-to-government consultations between the Water Boards and California Native American Tribes. Previously, Adriana was Regional Water Manager at the Community Water Center and Coordinator for the People of Color Sustainability Collective at the UC Santa Cruz American Indian Resource Center. They have years of experience supporting community involvement and representation in water governance, including in the implementation of the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act. They have developed and facilitated workshops, programs, and events related to environmental justice, Human Right to Water, groundwater management, racial justice and racial equity, gender justice, and community leadership.

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