President, Division 5
Representing all or parts of:
Baldwin Park, Duarte, El Monte and Irwindale
Jennifer Santana was first elected to the Board of Directors for the Upper San Gabriel Valley Municipal Water District (Upper District) in November 2018 to represent Division 5, which includes the cities of El Monte, Baldwin Park, and Duarte. She is the first woman ever elected to the board and currently serves as the first woman President.
Jennifer graduated from the University of California, Davis with a degree in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. She became a certified Cytogeneticist in 2007 and published and presented her cancer research as first author at the Association of Genetic Technologists Annual Meeting in 2012. She has built a career in science, working at City of Hope, a nationally recognized comprehensive cancer research hospital, for more than 17 years. She received recognition from the California State Senate in 2013 for her efforts to encourage young women to pursue careers in math, science, and technology.
Jennifer is a mother of three and active in her community. As a long-time San Gabriel Valley resident, she became concerned about the region’s water supply during the 2014 California Drought. Her priorities are fiscally prudent governance and long-term water resource planning to meet the needs of the San Gabriel Valley.
Jennifer serves as Upper District’s representative on the boards of the Main San Gabriel Basin Watermaster, the San Gabriel Valley Protective Association, and the San Gabriel Valley Water Association