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Megan Yoo Schneider FOR MUNICIPAL WATER DISTRICT OF ORANGE COUNTY DIVISION 7
Community - Water Environment - Public Health

Proudly endorsed by the Sierra Club for a proven track record on environmental issues and strong support for the environment. Committed to continuing to help protect California's air, water, and wild places.

MWDOC Divison 7


Vote for Megan Yoo Schneider to continue to serve as the Division 7 Director on the Municipal Water District of Orange County (MWDOC) Board of Directors. Division 7 includes Aliso Viejo, Dana Point, Laguna Beach, Laguna Hills, Laguna Niguel, Mission Viejo, San Clemente, and San Juan Capistrano.

Retail water agencies in the MWDOC Division 7 area include Emerald Bay Services District, Laguna Beach County Water District, Moulton Niguel Water District, Santa Margarita Water District, and South Coast Water District.

A native Californian

who grew up in Orange County with an enthusiastic life-long passion for water, effective water policy, and public health. She has devoted her life and countless volunteer hours to the future of water and the community. Megan has more than 16 years of professional and association experience, including serving on four boards of directors. (Municipal Water District of Orange County [2016-Present], California Water Environment Association [2020-Present and 2013-2016], and the Santa Ana River Basin Section of CWEA [2009-2016])

Megan possesses a B.S. in Chemical Engineering with a Specialization in Environmental Engineering and an M.S. in Engineering with a Concentration in Environmental Engineering. Megan is a California-licensed professional civil engineer.

Megan is a dedicated member and leader within a number of organizations, including the Water Environment Federation, American Water Works Association, and California Water Environment Association. She has received numerous awards and accolades for her public outreach efforts and water-related research and is devoted to ensuring the future of local, reliable water supplies for Orange County.

Megan’s priorities at MWDOC include ensuring long term availability of sustainable, safe, and affordable water for our community. Megan is a passionate, knowledgeable, and dedicated public servant who will truly serve her community’s residents, business owners, non-profit organizations, and public officials as MWDOC Division 7 Director.

Community Involvement

  • Advisory board member for Breakthrough San Juan Capistrano, a program that strives to break the cycle of poverty through the power of education

  • Ministry volunteer leader for the Saddleback Church PEACE Initiative for Vulnerable Children

  • Master Teacher Training Program graduate and Spiritual Maturity CLASS Teacher at Saddleback Church

  • Trust Based Relational Intervention Practitioner (On-line coursework completed, awaiting in-person training)

  • Member of the Teen Court Collaborative Steering Committee, a partnership with the Orange County Social Services Administration to support teenage foster youth in the county

  • Voting member on the National Science Foundation (NSF) Joint Committees on Drinking Water Additives (System Components and Treatment Chemicals)

  • Chair of the Water Environment Federation (WEF) Public Communications and Outreach Committee

  • Serves on the WEF Workforce Diversity and Inclusion Task Force

  • Vice President of the California Water Environment Association(CWEA)Board of Directors

  • Member of the Association of California Water Agencies Water Quality Committee

  • Past President of the Santa Ana River Basin Section of CWEA

  • Member of the South Orange County Watershed Management Area Executive Committee

  • Member of the Water UCI Leadership Advisory Board

  • Graduate of the Inaugural Class of the Water Leadership Institute (2012)

  • Talent for the UNLEASH Innovation Lab for developing solutions for the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 6: Clean Water and Satitation (2017)

  • Organizes the ad hoc Women in Water group in Orange County, which has also inspired the creation of additional groups in the Inland Empire and in San Diego County.

  • Co-Author of several Water Environment Federation Manual of Practice

  • Regular presenter and invited speaker for various professional association conferences and workshops



Select Leadership Roles


  • CWEA Board of Directors and Vice President, 2013-2016, 2020-Present
  • SARBS Board of Directors, 2010-2016 (President, 2014-2015)
  • CWEA Annual Conference Opening Session Chair, 2019
  • CWEA Annual Conference Technical Program Co-Chair, 2015 and 2016
  • CWEA Annual Conference Planning Committee, 2009-2016
  • CWEA Kirt Brooks Scholarship Committee Chair, 2015-Present
  • WEF Committee Leadership Council, 2011-Present
  • WEF Public Communications and Outreach Committee Chair, 2018-Present
  • WEF Stockholm Junior Water Prize Committee Chair, 2014-2017

A passion for water

She was always in the water – whether it be at the pool or at the beach, and when MWDOC’s Ricki the Rambunctious Raindrop came to visit her elementary school, she fell in love. She began to incorporate water and public health issues into her science fair projects starting in elementary school. In high school, she won several notable awards, including being named California’s Most Outstanding Young Scientist by the California Association of Professional Scientists and a two-time state winner of the Stockholm Junior Water Prize, the most prestigious award for high school science fair projects in water.

Her research was not only published, but she also found her tribe. She started her career working in the public sector, and since then, she’s worked in both the public and private sectors focused on water, public health, and the environment. Today, Megan not only serves on the MWDOC board, but she is involved in a number of professional associations, including serving as the Vice President of the California Water Environment Association. She is also President of Seven Management and Consulting, Inc., which specializes in utility management and business strategy.

Megan has a life-long passion and appreciation for water, and she’s always excited about paying it forward in as many ways as possible.


"Megan Yoo Schneider is an outstanding Director on the Board of the Municipal Water District of Orange County. Her BS and MS in chemical and environmental engineering make her technically sound, her involvement in and commitment to her community shows she knows the needs of the area, and her enthusiasm for water and the people of her district make her the representative you want. RE-ELECT MEGAN YOO SCHNEIDER."

- Betty H. Olson, Ph.D.

Professor Emeritus Civil and Environmental Engineering University of California, Irvine
President, Santa Margarita Water District
Member San Diego Regional Water Quality Control Board

“Megan exemplifies servant leadership in her dedication to the community. Her support as an advisory board member for Breakthrough San Juan Capistrano has been instrumental. Breakthrough SJC is a program focused on supporting low-income students’ graduate college with a vision to break the cycle of poverty. Because of Megan, we have developed several external partnerships that have helped feed our families during the COVID-19 pandemic. Because of her, we’ve created an internship program that will help local students find jobs after college. She’s an invaluable asset to Breakthrough SJC, our students, families, and our entire community. “

- Alex Serna

Executive Director, Breakthrough San Juan Capistrano

“Megan is one of the hardest working, most dedicated elected officials that I have ever met.”

- Dennis Erdman, PE

President, South Coast Water District

Proudly supported by


  • Alex Serna

    Executive Director, Breakthrough San Juan Capistrano

  • Betty Olson, PhD

    President, Santa Margarita Water District

  • Bill Green

    Director, South Coast Water District

  • Bill Moorhead, PE

    Director, Moulton Niguel Water District and Executive Committee Member, South Orange County Watershed Management Area

  • Bob Whalen

    Mayor, City of Laguna Beach and President, Laguna Beach County Water District, and Executive Commitee Member, South Orange County Watershed Management Area

  • Carol Moore

    Councilmember, City of Laguna Woods and Executive Committee Member, South Orange County Watershed Management Area

  • Chuck Gibson

    Vice President, Santa Margarita Water District

  • Dennis Erdman, PE

    President, South Coast Water District and Chairman, South Orange County Watewater Authority

  • Don Froelich

    Vice President, Moulton Niguel Water District

  • Doug Erdman, PE

    Director, South Coast Water District and Executive Committee Member, South Orange County Watershed Management Area

  • Doug Reinhart

    Vice President, Irvine Ranch Water District

  • Duane Cave

    Vice President, Moulton Niguel Water District

  • Glenn Acosta

    Director, Trabuco Canyon Water District

  • John Taylor

    Mayor Pro Tem, City of San Juan Capistrano

  • John Withers

    Director, Irvine Ranch Water District

  • Justin McCusker

    Director, Santa Margarita Water District

  • Kay Havens

    Director, El Toro Water District

  • Larry Dick

    Director, Municipal Water District of Orange County and Director, Metropolitan Water District of Southern California

  • Laura Freese

    Former Councilmember and Person of the Year, City of San Juan Capistrano

  • Linda Ackerman

    Vice-Chair, Metropolitan Water District of Southern California

  • Lisa A. Bartlett

    5th District Supervisor, County of Orange and Executive Committee Member, South Orange County Watershed Management Area

  • Mary Aileen Matheis

    President, Irvine Ranch Water District and Executive Committee Member, South Orange County Watershed Management Area

  • Mary Jane Foley

    Former San Diego Regional Water Quality Control Board Member

  • Peer Swan

    Director, Irvine Ranch Water District

  • Peter Blake

    Councilmember, City of Laguna Beach and Director, Laguna Beach County Water District

  • Rick Erkeneff

    Vice President, South Coast Water District and Executive Committee Member, South Orange County Watershed Management Area

  • Ross Chun

    Councilmember, City of Aliso Viejo

  • Sat Tamaribuchi

    President, Municipal Water District of Orange County, and Director, Metropolitan Water District of Southern California

  • Saundra Jacobs

    Director, Santa Margarita Water District and Executive Committee Member, South Orange County Watershed Management Area

  • Stephen Dopudja

    Director, Trabuco Canyon Water District

  • Steve Dicterow

    Mayor Pro Tem, City of Laguna Beach and Vice President, Laguna Beach County Water District

  • Steve LaMar

    Director, Irvine Ranch Water District

  • Susan Hinman

    Former Division 7 Director, Municipal Water District of Orange County

  • Tiffany Ackley

    Mayor Pro Tem, City of Aliso Viejo and Executive Committee Vice Chair, South Orange County Watershed Management Area

  • Troy Bourne

    Mayor, City of San Juan Capistrano

  • Wayne Rayfield

    Director, South Coast Water District

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