The proud son of parents that emigrated from Mexico, Bryan Urias was elected to the Board of Directors for the Upper San Gabriel Valley Municipal Water District (Upper District) in November of 2010. Bryan represents Division 5 on the Board of Directors which includes the cities of Baldwin Park, El Monte, Duarte, and a portion of Irwindale.
Bryan graduated Magna Cum Laude from California State University, Los Angeles with a bachelor’s degree in political science and is the youngest Director elected to the Board at the age of 29.
Bryan served as President of the Board in 2012 and Vice President in 2011. Bryan currently serves as the Upper District Board’s President, Chair of the Administrative & Finance Committee and as the board’s representative to the San Gabriel Valley Water Association. In 2012, Bryan was appointed as the Upper District’s representative to the San Gabriel Basin Water Quality Authority (WQA), where he currently serves as Chairman.
Bryan’s priorities are to ensure a sustainable, clean water supply and to invest in the San Gabriel Valley economy and job creation. Following through on one of his top priorities, as Chairman of the WQA, Bryan is on the front lines of cleaning up the San Gabriel Valley’s local groundwater contamination. This is particularly important to residents of Baldwin Park & El Monte, where groundwater supplies are impacted.
Bryan’s career in public service began as a Field Representative for then Congresswoman Hilda L. Solis. Shortly after Solis was selected by President Obama to serve as his Secretary of Labor, Bryan was appointed by Congresswoman Judy Chu as Senior Field Deputy and later became Rep. Chu’s Deputy District Director. Bryan has covered water and environmental issues for both members of Congress.
A lifelong resident of the San Gabriel Valley, Bryan has lived in Azusa, West Covina, Baldwin Park, and Duarte; dedicating his time to community service including serving as Chair of the Baldwin Park Housing Commission and as a member of the Baldwin Park Planning Commission. Bryan’s community service led to his recognition as Democrat of the Year for the 57th Assembly District by the Los Angeles County Democratic Party. Similarly, the Cities of Baldwin Park & Duarte recognized Bryan’s service and commitment.