Yvonne West, Director
State Water Resources Control Board, Office of Enforcement
Yvonne West was appointed director of the Office of Enforcement in June of 2018. Ms. West was a Senior Staff Counsel with the State Water Resources Control Board, Office of Enforcement prior to being named director. Ms. West has been with the Office of Enforcement since its formation in 2006, and most recently served as counsel for the Cannabis Regulation and Enforcement Unit.
The Cannabis Regulation and Enforcement Unit was created as part of a pilot project in 2014 to address the adverse environmental impacts resulting from cannabis cultivation on private and State lands in Northern California. Ms. West was instrumental in the development and implementation of the pilot project which the legislature has subsequently authorized as a permanent, statewide program.
Before working for the State Water Resources Control Board, Ms. West was an attorney with the Sacramento law firm of Bartkiewicz, Kronick & Shanahan, concentrating in the areas of municipal water, natural resources, and environmental law. Ms. West earned a Juris Doctor from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law, and a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies from The George Washington University.