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Director John Varela - Biography


Director John L. Varela, District 1

Director Varela was appointed to the Santa Clara Valley Water District Board of Directors in December 2015.  He was elected by the voters in November 2016; re-elected in 2018, and his current term expires in 2022.  

Director Varela serves on numerous Valley Water committees, which include the Homeless Encampment and Water Storage Exploratory Ad Hoc Committees, the Agricultural Water Advisory Committee, the Board Policy and Planning Committee, and the joint water committees for Morgan Hill, Gilroy, and San Felipe Division Reach One.

Director Varela is a former Morgan Hill city mayor and councilmember. He serves on the Board of Directors for Joint Venture Silicon Valley, the Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCO), Morgan Hill Chamber of Commerce, and the Pajaro River Watershed Flood Protection Authority.  He is also involved in the South County Regional Wastewater Authority and Safe Clean Water Independent Monitoring Committee. 

Director Varela may be contacted by email at: [email protected]