Gloria D. Gray Makes History in 2019
By Lynn Lipinski
GLORIA D. GRAY became the first African American
to lead the Board of Directors of the Metropolitan
Water District of Southern California. She is only the
second woman to do so in the district’s 90-year history.
Gray, a Los Angeles County water official with
extensive experience in state, regional and local water
issues, began her two-year term on the Metropolitan board
on January 1, 2019.
“My background is totally different than the average
person in water,” said Gray in a January 3, 2019 article
published in Bloomberg Environment. The article went on
to state that Gray, who raised two children as a divorced
mother in southwestern Los Angeles County, added:
“I think I represent more diversity in the community.
I represent the average ratepayer. I know the issues of a
Gray has represented West Basin Municipal Water
District on the Metropolitan board since April 2009. She
takes the helm at a time when Metropolitan is dealing
with water supply challenges on both of its imported water
sources from Northern California and the Colorado River.
“I am excited to help lead Metropolitan into the next
era, as we work collaboratively to overcome challenges to
our imported water supplies brought by climate change,
invest in local resources and continue providing a reliable
water supply to Southern California,” Gray said. S