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Special District

Marin Municipal Water DistrictCandidate for Director, District 4

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Cynthia Koehler

Director, Marin Municipal Water District Division 4
15,234 votes (88.58%)Winning
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Continue leadership in expanding MMWD's investment in innovative water efficiency options to keep water supply affordable and resilient in the face of climate change
  • Ensure fire safety by working with local fire authorities to manage vegetation on the mountain and coordinate with other land management agencies
  • Ensure that our water supplies are clean, safe, healthy and accessible for everyone.



Profession:Water Attorney/MMWD Director
Executive Director, WaterNow Alliance (2014–current)
Director, Marin Municipal Water District — Elected position (2004–current)
Legislative Director for California Water Issues, Environmental Defense Fund (2008–2013)


Pomona College BA, Government (current)
University of Oregon JD and Environmental Law Certificate, Environmental Law (current)

Community Activities

Advisory Council, Pacific Institute (2016–current)
Advisory Council, Mothers of Marin Advocating Sustainability (2014–current)
Hero of The Bay Award, The Bay Institute of San Francisco (2013–2013)
Ted Wellman Water Award, Marin Conservation League (2011–2011)
Board Member and Past President, Tamalpais Valley Elementary School PTA Board (2003–2009)


Cynthia Koehler is a nationally recognized environmental attorney and water policy expert with 25 years of experience working on federal and state water policy and legislation. She has served as an elected member of the Marin Municipal Water District Board of Directors for the last 14 years and has led the District’s successful efforts to expand water efficiency; MMWD now uses less water annually than when Director Koehler was first elected notwithstanding an increase in local population. These efforts have been instrumental in keeping rates affordable; Marin’s water now costs about a penny a gallon, well below water costs in other parts of California and even the Bay Area.


Cynthia is the co-founder and executive director of the WaterNow Alliance, a nonprofit network of water leaders dedicated to advancing sustainable water solutions nationwide. She was selected to serve on EPA’s Local Government Advisory Committee(2016-18), the Board of the Water Education Foundation and the Advisory Council for the Pacific Institute, among other organizations. She worked previously as the Legislative Director for California water issues for the Environmental Defense Fund, and the Legal Director for Save San Francisco Bay Association. Cynthia is a recipient of The Bay Institute’s Hero of the Bay Award and the Marin Conservation League’s Ted Wellman Award in addition to other honors. Cynthia holds a B.A. from Pomona College in Claremont, CA and J.D. and Environmental Law Certificate from the University of Oregon School of Law.  Cynthia lives in Mill Valley with her husband, Gordon Renneisen, and two sons. You can often find her hiking in Marin's beautiful watershed with friends and family.

Who supports this candidate?

Featured Endorsements

  • Sierra Club
  • Marin Realtors Association
  • Service Employees' International Union

Organizations (2)

  • Marin Democratic Party
  • Marin Professional FIrefighters

Elected Officials (15)

  • US Representative Jared Huffman
  • Supervisor Judy Arnold
  • Sausalito City Council Member Susan Cleaveland-Knowlesj
  • Sausalito City Council Member Joe Burns
  • Sausalito Mayor Joan Cox
  • former Mill Valley Mayor John Leonard
  • former Mill Valley Mayor Kathleen Foote
  • former Mill Valley Mayor Andy Berman
  • former Mill Valley Mayor Dennis Fisco
  • former Mill Valley Mayor Shawn Marshall
  • Mill Valley Mayor Stephanie Moulton-Peters
  • Supervisor Damon Connolly
  • Supervisor Dennis Rodoni
  • Supervisor Kate Sears
  • Supervisor Katie Rice

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