Quarter 3 Water Working Group Meeting
Topic: Overview of Water Education for Latino Leaders (WELL): California’s Water Tunnel Project and local cities dealing with contaminants in their water systems. Our goal with these quarterly calls is to cross-pollinate, create an opportunity for knowledge and skill sharing, and identify patterns or opportunities for Green Latinos to help build capacity in Latinx communities.
When: September 30th 2020 11AM PST/2PM EST
Victor Griego, Jr. President and Founder of Water Education for Latino Leaders (WELL)
Bio: Mr. Griego recruited other leaders across California to create WELL. The mission of WELL is to educate local Latino elected officials on California water policies in order to promote timely and equitable actions that strive to develop a robust economy, healthy communities, and a resilient environment for all Californians. Mr. Griego and the WELL leadership believes that any elected official who serves Latinos is a Latino Leader; as such, most California elected officials are Latino Leaders. Mr. Griego began his career as an organizer with Cesar Chavez and the United Farmworkers Union. He later owned and operated a very successful Public Affairs consulting business. While running his business, he assisted and led many successful public policy campaigns throughout California. Mr. Griego has recently been recognized for his work with WELL by the Water Replenishment District of Southern California and the highly regarded non-profit highly Climate Resolved.
Gustavo V. Camacho, Mayor, City of Pico Rivera, California
Bio: Gustavo Camacho was elected to the Pico Rivera City Council in November 2009. Prior to being elected to the City Council, Mr. Camacho served as planning commissioner for the city. Mr. Camacho is serving as Mayor in 2020; he also served as Mayor in 2013 and 2018. He has been re-elected twice in 2013 and 2018. Mr. Camacho currently serves on the city’s Water, Transportation, Economic Development, Public Safety and Housing committees. He is a member of the Southeast Area Water Coalition, South East Area Animal Control Authority, Los Angeles County Sanitation District, Southeast Area Social Services Funding Authority and the Liability Trust Fund.
Tony Estremera, Director, Valley Water
Bio: Tony Estremera has been a Director at Valley Water since 1996. He also served as a Supervisor for Santa Clara County, representing North County. Estremera has served on many boards, including the Santa Clara County Housing Task Force, San Jose Mayor’s Committee of Minority Affairs, and the San Jose/Evergreen Community College District Board of Trustees. He has his Bachelor’s degree from Santa Clara University and law degree from UC Berkeley’s Boalt Hall School of Law. He is an active member of the State Bar of California and the Santa Clara County Bar Association. Estremerae retired from his position as the Directing Attorney for the Legal Aid Society of Santa Clara County at the end of 2019.