President’s Message

It is a time of great change in the world, and in California.

Incredible and unprecedented news headlines concerning our world seem to flash across our screens almost on a daily basis, each one more astounding than the previous. And while we sit back and marvel at how fast things have changed from just a few years ago, we realize just how different things will be tomorrow.

At the core of our experience is a rapidly accelerating pace of technological change which is transforming just about every aspect of our lives. Amazingly, power and water, two industries which have traditionally been fairly stable, are now evolving in ways we could not have imagined before.

It is within this context that the members of CMUA, electric power utilities and water agencies of California, do the people’s work and it is within this context that we will lead.

As the scale of our challenges has increased, so has our resolve. In 2015, the CMUA  Board of Governors, members and staff underwent a comprehensive strategic planning process to identify how the organization and its members can work together to more effectively serve our collective needs as well as solve the multitude of challenges our state and world face when it comes to power and water issues. This process culminated in a Strategic Planning Presentation which identified six organizational goals for CMUA and then subsequently a Strategic Plan which detailed our priorities and action steps. The six goals include:

  1. Proactively Identify and Prioritize Issues
  2. Analyze the Economic and Technical Impacts of Issues
  3. Build Consensus on CMUA’s Policies, Positions, Strategies and Actions
  4. Represent and Advocate for Members’ Interests
  5. Create Highly Relevant External and Internal Communications
  6. Continue to Build the Strength and Effectiveness of the Association

I am excited to announce that we are seeing CMUA execute on our plan with a sense of vigor and excitement and we look forward to more successes to come in 2016 and beyond.

On a final note, I want to commend our members’ leaders and staff for the tireless work you do day in and day out. It is a difficult time to navigate the myriad issues impacting power and water, but your progress is helping to create the solutions the world will adopt in the decades to come. You are the problem solvers and I know you will rise to the challenges ahead!



Michelle Bertolino