Rowland Water District Board Selects New Director to Fill Division I Seat
West Covina Resident Vanessa Hsu was chosen among several candidates.
March 5, 2021 – Long-time local resident Vanessa Hsu has been selected by the Rowland Water District Board of Directors to fill the Division I vacancy. Hsu was appointed to the position with a 4-0 vote during a special meeting on March 2, 2021.
Hsu succeeds Board President Teresa Rios, who passed away in January due to complications from COVID-19. Rios represented Division I since 2011, and had most recently won reelection in November.
“I am truly humbled by this opportunity to serve my neighbors and help protect this essential commodity,” said Hsu. “We need to work together to preserve our water supply, as our survival depends on it.”
Getting the message out to customers on water use efficiency will be a top priority for Hsu. She fosters a strong interest in developing practices and policies that will help customers save water at home and at work.
“Ms. Hsu brings an accomplished resume and strong commitment to community service,” said Board President Anthony Lima. “We look forward to her fresh perspective and enthusiasm as we strive to serve our rate payers responsibly and effectively every day.”
Hsu earned her undergraduate degree at the University of California, Riverside and a master’s degree at Azusa Pacific University. She lives in West Covina and works as a senior project manager for Abbott, with more than 25 years of experience in the medical device industry. She plans to use her skills in team building and collaboration, stakeholder management, risk management and process improvement to serve Rowland Water District.
With a history of service to the community, Hsu was Vice President of Education for the Brea chapter of Toastmasters International, a member of the Asian American Professional Association of Rosemead and Women’s Leadership Initiative in Irwindale and served as a volunteer for Valley Food Bank and Bridge to Employment.
As she looks forward to her service as a Director, Hsu defines success through the words of author Ralph Waldo Emerson. “To leave the world a bit better whether by a healthy child, a garden patch, or a redeemed social condition; to know that one life has breathed easier because you lived here.”
The Division I board seat will be on the ballot on November 3, 2022, when voters will decide who will fill the remainder of the term that expires in 2024.