CVFPB Spotlights Local News and Keeps You informed on National Flood Policy Developments

CVFPB Executive Officer Leslie Gallagher is a Board member of the National Association of Flood & Stormwater Management Agencies (NAFSMA). NAFSMA is an organization of public agencies whose function is the protection of lives, property and economic activity from the adverse impacts of storm and flood waters. NAFSMA’s mission: “The mission of the Association is to advocate public policy, encourage technologies and conduct education programs which facilitate and enhance the achievement of the public service function of its members.”

NAFSMA’s advocacy on behalf of flood plain managers and flood risk reduction agencies align with the Board’s goals of reducing the risk of flooding in the Central Valley and implementing the Central Valley Flood Protection Plan, as well as the Governor’s California Water Action Plan. When relevant, our website will be posting NAFSMA updates, both in this News & Highlights section and under the NAFSMA Updates tab on the right-hand side of this website. To learn more about NAFSMA, please go to the NAFSMA Update tab, or click here.

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Darren Suen has been selected for the Board’s new Policy Advisor position. He performed this function in Acting capacity for the last year, working to raise awareness about the Board’s role in flood management and to advance flood policies that support public safety and provide benefits to the environment and agriculture communities. Prior, Darren was the Department of Water Resources serving as Program Lead and Policy Advisor for the Assistant Division Chief of the Flood Management Division and the Deputy Director in Flood Operations Center during flood emergencies. Darren has a long career in program management and flood control, working in private, State, and federal agencies. Currently, he also serves as a member of the Elk Grove City Council. Congratulations to Darren!

Michael Wright has been selected to fill the Chief Engineer position beginning April 2, 2019. Michael has been with the Board since 2011. During his tenure, Michael has held multiple supervisory positions, including Enforcement Section Chief, Acting Operations Branch Chief, and Plan Implementation and Compliance Branch Chief. For the past eight months, he has been filling the Chief Engineer role. Congratulations, Michael Wright.