CMUA | Monday, December 18th, 2017

Executive Director


Barry Moline is Executive Director of the California Municipal Utilities Association, where he has served since January 2017. He represents California’s municipal electric and water utilities before the legislature and state agencies.  Mr. Moline has worked in the energy industry since the early 1980s. He represented the Florida Municipal Electric Association from 1996-2016. In Washington, D.C., he worked for the American Public Power Association, the national trade association of municipal electric utilities. He has done oil and natural gas research for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Fossil Fuels, investigated renewable energy and energy efficiency for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy and served in the U.S. Peace Corps in Guatemala.  Mr. Moline holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Illinois in Vocational and Technical Education (1979) and a Master’s degree from Washington University in Engineering and Policy.


Director for Water


Danielle Blacet joined CMUA in November 2014 as Director for Water and represents CMUA’s water member agencies before the legislature and regulatory agencies on a multitude of issues including drinking water, drought, water conservation/water use-efficiency and the water-energy nexus.  She has nearly 15 years of experience working with California public water agencies and in multi-member associations including the Association of California Water Agencies and Western Growers Association. While at Western Growers she helped establish and then manage an extremely successful multi-state charitable foundation program providing grants and other materials for water-efficient gardens in K-12 educational institutions. Danielle also has worked in political consulting and public affairs for both statewide and national clients. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in International Relations and Political Science from the University of California at Davis and a Certificate of Achievement in Computer Information Science from American River College.


Event and Membership Manager

Christine Headshot 2016Christine joined CMUA in 2016 with over 20 years of experience in operations management for non-profits, associations and Joint Powers Authorities representing public agencies.  As the event and membership manager, Christine oversees the planning, organization and execution of the association’s conferences, workshops and meetings, and directs the implementation of the membership recruitment and retention objectives, procedures and strategies related to meetings and membership.  She is a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America with a Bachelor’s Degree in both Culinary Arts Management and Culinary Science and received her Certified Meeting Professional (CMP) designation through the Convention Industry Council.


Office Manager

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Teresa joined CMUA in 2016 with over 25 years of experience in both the public and private sector in the field of administration. Most recently, she served as the office manager for Health Care Investment Visions, a healthcare venture governance and funding firm. Her experience and work spans the fields of healthcare, finance and educational sectors, and charitable organizations. Teresa possesses a strong background in strategic planning, human resources, financial administration, member management, procurement, procedural systems design and other responsibilities that directly impact organizational productivity and financial health.


Regulatory Advocate

Jonathan Young

Jonathan joined CMUA in 2017 as a Regulatory Advocate, focusing on issues important to the Association’s water agency members. Prior to joining CMUA, Jonathan worked for the California Association of REALTORS®, where he monitored and interacted with more than 50 regulatory bodies.  In addition to his association experience, Jonathan has managed campaigns at the city, county and legislative levels.  A San Francisco Bay Area transplant, Jonathan holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from Santa Clara University.


Communications Manager

WilliamsM_eleakis205347_032Matt joined CMUA as its Communications Manager in May 2017. In this role, Matt is responsible for developing a wide range of written and online communications for CMUA members, and he will work to maintain a positive image for CMUA. In the near future, Matt will focus on expanding CMUA’s website and social media efforts, as well as supporting the association’s legislative program with advocacy communications. Most recently, Matt was managing editor of Techwire, a news website and magazine focused on the intersection of government and technology in California and the Sacramento area. Matt also has been a communications specialist for the Association of California Water Agencies. Matt holds a master’s degree in Journalism from the University of Colorado at Boulder and bachelor’s degrees in English and Environmental Studies from California State University, Sacramento. He started his career as a newspaper reporter and researcher for Sports Illustrated.


Director for Energy

Patrick Welch joined CMUA in December 2017 as the Director of Energy and represents CMUA’s members on energy issues before the legislature. Before joining CMUA, Patrick worked for two members of the State Senate, most recently as Capitol Director for State Senator Jerry Hill. He oversaw the development of the Senator’s bill package, which in 2017 included successful passage and chaptering of measures on CPUC reform and utility billing. Prior to that Patrick was a legislative aide for then-State Senator Alex Padilla, where he tracked bills on energy, transportation, local government and judicial issues, and maintained relationships with executive branch agencies, community groups and other stakeholders. Patrick holds a master’s degree in public administration (MPA) from the University of San Francisco and a bachelor’s degree in politics from the University of California, Santa Cruz. He and his wife live in Sacramento.