State of the Watershed Spotlight | The Importance of Engaging Communities

September 23, 2018

On September 27th, the Council for Watershed Health and LA Sanitation will host the 2018 State of the LA River Watershed Symposium, convening diverse stakeholders and expert panelists to identify actionable next steps for creating a healthy and resilient watershed. CWH will share a decade of LA River monitoring data and the comprehensive story of the river’s condition which includes water quality, habitat assessment and aquatic health.


The third panel, on "The Importance of Engaging Communities" will identify successful models and best practices for meaningful community engagement. Get to know our excellent panelists who who lead the conversation.


California Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon, 63rd District


Speaker Anthony Rendon was sworn-in as the 70th Speaker of the California State Assembly in March 2016. He represents the 63rd Assembly District in the Assembly, which includes nine cities in Southeast L.A. County. Rendon was the author of Proposition 1, the $7.5 billion state water bond, which voters passed by a 67% to 33% margin in the November 2014 election. During the bond development process, Rendon took input from residents over the course of 18 public hearings throughout the state, resulting in a measure with no earmarks or backroom deals.



Heather Repenning, Vice President, Board of Public Works, City of Los Angeles as Moderator

Heather Marie ​Repenning has served in a variety of roles over her eleven years with Mayor Eric Garcetti. As Director of External Affairs for the Mayor's Office, she oversaw​ intergovernmental relations, community and constituent services, and immigrant affairs. While Garcetti served on the City Council, she provided key policy guidance during his six year tenure as Council President and served as District Director for Community Development for the 13th Council District, helping to triple the number of parks and improve neighborhood infrastructure to promote livability in neighborhoods from Hollywood to Atwater Village to Echo Park. Heather also worked as Political Director on the Garcetti for Mayor 2013 campaign. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Swarthmore College and has a Master's Degree in Comparative Literature from the University of California, Irvine. She has one young daughter and resides in L.A’s Eastside. Bio pulled from LA City’s Department of Public Works website.


Irma Muñoz, CEO and President of Mujeres de la Tierra

Irma R. Muñoz is the Founder/President of Mujeres de la Tierra – an avant-garde environmental non-profit focused on healing La Madre Tierra and re-defining the traditional “green” dialogue in Los Angeles, California. 


Irma firmly believes in the power of one and that community action starts with individual participation.  She believes that the families and residents of the neighborhood should have the power and right to lead/own their issues and determine what’s best for them, their families and community. 


She currently serves on the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy Board of Directors as an appointee of the Mayor of Los Angeles and is a Governor’s appointee to the Los Angeles County Regional Water Quality Control Board. 


She has held many positions in the public sector and the position she is most proud of is being a presidential appointee with the Clinton Administration serving in Washington D.C. with the U.S. Small Business Administration.


She earned her BA from the University of California, San Diego and her Juris Doctorate from the Thomas Jefferson School of Law in San Diego, California.


Miguel Luna, Dake Luna