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Chief Deputy Director


Cindy Messer

Cindy Messer, Chief Deputy Director


In February 2017, Cindy Messer was appointed as the Department of Water Resources’ Chief Deputy Director. Prior to this appointment, Cindy had been DWR’s Assistant Chief Deputy Director, serving as a subject matter expert and policy advisor to the Director and Chief Deputy Director on a broad range of issues impacting statewide water management.

Cindy was the Deputy Director of the Planning, Performance and Technology Division at the Delta Stewardship Council from 2012 until her appointment at DWR. As Deputy Director she coordinated the preparation and implementation of the Delta Plan. Prior to this position, Cindy served as the Assistant Executive Officer for the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta Conservancy where she provided oversight for development of the Delta Conservancy’s Interim Strategic Plan. Cindy also worked for more than 10 years in various technical and managerial roles in DWR’s Division of Environmental Services.

Cindy is a graduate of the University of California, Davis where she earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Environmental Policy Analysis and Planning. She also earned a Master of Science degree in Conservation Biology from California State University, Sacramento.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:
California Department of Water Resources
P.O. Box 942836
Sacramento, CA 94236-0001

Street Address:
1416 - 9th Street
Sacramento, CA 95814
Telephone: (916) 653-5791

Mary Ann Archuleta
Executive Assistant
Telephone: (916) 653-6057
E-Mail Address: MaryAnn.Archuleta@water.ca.gov
Mailing Address: same as above