Director, representing Santa Clarita Valley Water Agency (Class 3 and 7)
Gary Martin is a civil engineering professional and a former water system engineering manager with an extensive background in design, construction, and operation of public water conveyance and groundwater recharge systems in Southern California.
Mr. Martin is an elected member of the Santa Clarita Valley Water Agency (SCV Water) board of directors, and currently serves as the board president. In addition to serving on the SCV Water board, Mr. Martin is a board member of the Santa Clarita Valley Groundwater Sustainability Agency, the Urban Water Institute, and the Association of California Water Agencies Joint Powers Insurance Authority (ACWA JPIA). Mr. Martin also served on the board of SCV Water’s predecessor agency, Castaic Lake Water Agency (CLWA) from 2013 to 2017.
Prior to his current board position, Mr. Martin held the position of Director of Engineering at the Mojave Water Agency (MWA), a California State Water Project Contractor covering a service area of 4,900 square miles in the high desert of San Bernardino County. During his 19+ years at the MWA, Mr. Martin was responsible for the design and construction of over $150 million in water system capital improvement projects, including pipelines, reservoirs, booster pump stations, wells and groundwater recharge facilities.
Prior to his employment at MWA, Mr. Martin had a 24-year career in the private engineering and construction industry working on heavy industrial and water conveying projects. Twenty of those years were spent with the Bechtel Corporation where he ultimately reached the level of Chief Civil/Structural Engineer for the Los Angeles Regional Office.
Mr. Martin earned his Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Maryland and a Master of Science Degree in Structural Engineering from George Washington University in Washington, DC. He is a registered professional civil and structural engineer in California, and is a Life Member of the American Society of Civil Engineers. Mr. Martin has resided in Valencia with his wife Phyllis since 1978 and they have two children and four grandchildren.