Glenn Farrel is a thirty-year veteran of state public policy and politics, with over twenty-five of those years as a registered lobbyist actively advocating on water, resources, environmental, and local government policy issues within the California Legislature, state regulatory agencies, and the Administration.
Glenn’s career in California water policy has spanned a wide range of perspectives and interests, including leadership roles in advocating on both urban and agricultural water issues for major water suppliers throughout the state. Most recently, Glenn was employed as Director of Government Relations with the San Diego County Water Authority and managed and executed the Water Authority’s state and federal legislative and government affairs programs in Sacramento and Washington, D.C. to ensure advancement and protection of interests for 24 member agency retail water suppliers and support for the region’s 3.3 million residents and $250+ billion regional economy.
Prior to joining the San Diego County Water Authority, Glenn was a lobbyist for the East Bay Municipal Utility District – one of the largest retail water suppliers in the state – and served as the Government Affairs Manager for the Friant Water Authority, one of the major agricultural water suppliers in California.
Glenn’s work on behalf of urban and agricultural water suppliers over the past 25 years involved building coalitions and designing strategies that brought successful outcomes in milestone water, resources, and local government policy issues, including opposition to a statewide water tax, protection of special district reserve funds and property tax revenues, “Show Me The Water” land use and water supply reliability planning legislation, and helping to shape California’s water use efficiency statutory landscape.
Glenn holds bachelor’s degrees in political science and public administration from California State University, Chico, and a master’s degree in public policy from California State University, East Bay.