Lydia Rossiter | San Jose, Santa Clara County

Lydia Rossiter is currently a Senior Management Analyst in the Finance Division of the Santa Clara Valley Water District, where she recently developed a fifteen-year, $180 master plan. She has previous worked for the Cities of Santa Cruz, San Bruno and San Jose in various capacities including water, police, finance, redevelopment, parks, the manager’s office and the mayor’s office. She also worked for California State Senator Byron Sher. Her favorite and most challenging projects have been developing a complete capital improvement program in an interim capacity, a study of recreation activities at a city reservoir, the Tour of California bicycle race, and acting as a police public information officer.

Lydia has a Master’s in Public Administration from Golden Gate University and a Bachelor’s in Political Science from Stanford University, as well as certifications in utility management and water distribution. She is originally from Ann Arbor, Michigan and enjoys knitting, hiking, baking and playing with her rambunctious labrador. Her ultimate goal is to become a range rider for utility districts, solving problems and providing interim assistance.

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Two people climbing mountain ridge, one assisting another over the top ridge.

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