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San Diego Region - Board Members

California Regional Water Quality Control Board
San Diego - Region 9
2375 Northside Drive, Suite 100
San Diego, California 92108
(619) 516-1990, Fax: (619) 516-1994

Executive Officer State Board Liaison Regional Board Attorneys Executive Assistant
David W. Gibson
Frances Spivy-Weber
Catherine Hagan
Adriana Nunez
Christina Blank

Name Expiration of Term Appointment Date Confirmation Date
Henry Abarbanel, Chair
Eric Anderson
Tomás Morales
Gary Strawn, Vice Chair
Stefanie Warren
Betty Olson

General Statement

The primary duty of the Regional Board is to protect the quality of the waters within the Region for all beneficial uses. This duty is implemented by formulating and adopting water quality plans for specific ground or surface water bodies and by prescribing and enforcing requirements on domestic and industrial water discharges. The specific responsibilities and procedures of the Regional Water Quality Boards and the State Water Resources Control Board are outlined in the Porter-Cologne Water Quality Control Act (Division 7, California Water Code).

Board Members and Executive Officer

Henry Abarbanel, Chair

Henry Abarbanel, of Del Mar, was appointed to the San Diego Regional Water Quality Control Board in November 2011. He has been a professor of physics at the University of California, San Diego and a research physicist at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography since 1983. Mr. Abarbanel served on the Del Mar City Council from 1992 to 1996 and 2000 to 2008. He was chair of the San Diego Metro Wastewater Commission from 2005 to 2008. Mr. Abarbanel received his doctorate in physics at Princeton University.

Gary Strawn, Vice Chair

Gary Strawn, of Santee, is a retired aerospace program manager. He worked for Hamilton Sundstrand Power Systems in San Diego from 1988 to 2006, after serving as an officer in the U.S. Navy from 1968 to 1988. Mr. Strawn is a member of Trout Unlimited, San Diego Fly Fishers, San Diego River Park Foundation, San Diego Stream Team, California Golden Trout and Southern California Steelhead Recovery Projects and Friends of Santee River Park. Mr. Strawn has a bachelors degree from San Jose State University and a Master of Science degree from the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School.

Tomas Morales, Board Member

Tomas Morales, of San Diego, was appointed to the San Diego Regional Water Quality Control Board in November 2011. His practice focuses on civil litigation, construction, real property and insurance issues. He was a partner in Golub and Morales, LLP from 2004-2011, an attorney with Thorsnes Bartolotta McGuire from 2000 to 2004 and a partner with Strong and Morales from 1994 to 2000. Mr. Morales received his Juris Doctor degree from Harvard Law School.

Eric Anderson, Board Member

Eric Anderson, of Elfin Forest, is vice president of La Costa Flower Shop and Nursery, a horticulture business, which specializes in the production, harvest, breeding, and processing of ornamental seeds and seedlings. He is serving as director of the San Diego County Farm Bureau and was president from 1996-1998. He also has served on the County of San Diego Sunset Review Commission and on the Resource Protection Review Committee. Mr. Anderson has served on the Elfin Forrest Harmony Grove Town Council. He is a past President of the San Diego Flower and Plant Association and a member of the International Palm Society. Mr. Anderson earned a bachelor of science degree from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona.

Stefanie Warren, Board Member

Stefanie Warren, of San Diego, was appointed to the San Diego Regional Water Quality Control Board in July 2013. Warren has been an attorney at McKenna Long and Aldridge LLP since 2006. She was a law clerk for the Honorable Irma E. Gonzalez from 2005 to 2006. Warren earned a Juris Doctorate degree from Emory University, School of Law.

Betty Olson, Board Member

Betty H. Olson, of Trabuco Canyon, was appointed to the San Diego Regional Water Quality Control Board in December 2014. Olson has been a professor at the University of California, Irvine Henry Samueli School of Engineering’s Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering since 2006. She was a professor at the University of California, Irvine School of Social Ecology from 1974 to 2006. Olson is president of the Santa Margarita Water District Board of Directors and a member of the Orange County Water Association and the Association of California Water Agencies. She earned Doctor of Philosophy and Master of Science degrees in environmental health science from the University of California, Berkeley.

David Gibson, Executive Officer

David W. Gibson is the Executive Officer of the San Diego Regional Water Control Board, a position he has held since November 2009. He graduated from San Diego State University in 1989 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology. He joined the San Diego Water Board in 2000 as an Environmental Scientist and worked in the storm water, grants, 401 water quality certifications, monitoring and assessment, and TMDL programs. Prior to joining the Regional Board, he was an Entomologist and later a Watershed Biologist for the City of San Diego Water Department. He founded the San Diego Stream Team in 1998, a non-profit citizen monitoring organization that performs biological assessments of San Diego’s rivers and streams. Bringing together the best science and policy together and protecting the biological integrity of the waters of the state is both his passion and purpose as a water quality regulator.