Wendy Ridderbusch, Executive Director of CalDesal, is a thirty-year veteran of state public policy and politics, with over twenty of those years working specifically within the world of California water.
She capped a career in Sacramento as Director of State Legislative Relations for the largest statewide association for water agencies in the country. In that role she guided ACWA’s forty-member State Legislative Committee to take positions on key bills impacting all facets of the operations of over four hundred thirty member agencies.
She served as the lead registered lobbyist building coalitions and designing strategies that brought successful outcomes in arenas such as opposition to the statewide water tax, protection of special district reserve funds, and preventing enterprise property tax reallocation to the state. She also led the association’s work on policy issues including State Budget appropriations, water recycling, desalination, endangered species, and local government. As a staff Director, Wendy was voted Employee of the Year twice by ACWA coworkers underscoring her ability to excel in collaborative work.
In over a decade in the State Legislature, Wendy served as a Chief-of-Staff and a policy consultant to the Assembly Water, Parks, and Wildlife Committee. She has also worked on several political campaigns including U.S. Senate, State Senate and Assembly races. Originally from Southern California, Wendy has a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from UCLA.
In addition to her work in public policy and politics, she has established herself in the arena of non-profit governance. She has volunteered her time as Vice-President on the Board of Directors for National Charity League, Inc. a sixty-thousand mother and daughter member non-profit that develops young women from grades 7-12 into philanthropic leaders who help transform their communities through volunteerism.