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An advocate for water supply diversity with more than two decades of experience in environmental planning and a combined 35 years of utility management, oversight and policy experience, Mike Gardner joined Western’s Board of Directors in December 2020. He represents Division 1, which includes a portion of the City of Riverside located north of Highway 91 and extending to the San Bernardino County line.
Director Gardner serves as an alternate representative on the Santa Rosa Regional Resources Authority. He served on the Riverside City Council for 12 years, where he was a member of the council committee, overseeing Riverside’s Public Utilities. He is currently a Governor’s appointee to the Seismic Safety Commission and has served three Governors over the past ten years.
Director Gardner is currently a Board member for the Mary S. Roberts Pet Adoption Center, Animal Solutions Konnection and Sunshine Haven Wildlife Rehabilitation. He is a graduate of Leadership Riverside, class of 2005.
Mike Gardner is a 49-year resident of the City of Riverside, where he currently lives with his wife. His current term on the Western Board of Directors expires in December 2022.