Michael Whitehead

Michael Whitehead


Board Member
Representing water producers
San Gabriel Valley Water Company
(Term Ends January 1, 2021)

Michael L. Whitehead is the Chief Executive Officer of San Gabriel Valley Water Company, headquartered in El Monte, California. Mr. Whitehead is a member of the Board of Directors of the San Gabriel Basin Water Quality Authority, having been first elected by groundwater producers in 2001.  Mr. Whitehead also has served as a court-appointed member of the Main San Gabriel Basin Watermaster and Chino Basin Watermaster boards.  Mr. Whitehead joined San Gabriel Valley Water Company in 1979 as Vice President and General Counsel, in 1989 became President, and in 2010 he was named Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of the company.  Since joining San Gabriel, Mr. Whitehead has been actively involved in the management of the company and as General Counsel supervised the company’s general corporate legal matters, having devoted particular attention to matters involving water law, environmental protection, eminent domain, and public utility law.  Prior to that, he represented Carnation Company in state and federal regulatory proceedings.  Mr. Whitehead is also an officer and director of Fontana Union Water Company, a mutual water company, and he is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Arizona Water Company, one of the largest investor-owned water utilities in the state of Arizona.  In addition, he is a member of American Water Works Association, a director and past President of the California Water Association, and is a member of the California Bar Association and its Public Utility Law Section.