The National Association of Flood and Stormwater Management Agencies has a new Board Member!

leslieThe Central Valley Flood Protection Board Executive Officer Leslie Gallagher was recently elected to the Board of Directors of the National Association of Flood and Stormwater Management Agencies (NAFSMA). NAFSMA is an organization of state and local public agencies whose function is the protection of lives, property and economic activity from the adverse impacts of storm and flood waters. Headquartered in Washington DC, NAFSMA advocates for public policy and improving and ensuring the continuation of water resource projects and programs of interest to flood and stormwater management agencies nationwide.

Since its founding in 1978, NAFSMA has worked to inform and educate congressional and federal policy makers of the importance of flood prevention, stormwater management, disaster relief assistanc, and other issues of major concern. The association also encourages technologies and conducts education programs which facilitate and enhance the achievement of the public service function of its members.


Congratulations Leslie!

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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.