Shawn Dewane was elected to the Orange County Water District (OCWD) Board of Directors in 2010, representing Division 7, which includes Costa Mesa, and parts of Fountain Valley, Irvine, Newport Beach and Tustin. His fellow Directors elected him to serve as Board President in 2013 and 2014. He served as First Vice President in 2012.
President Dewane recognizes that clean, affordable water is fundamental to our civil liberties and key to our community’s economic development. He is working to increase the local and regional water supply and reliability, preserve local and regional water rights, and promote fiscal responsibility and transparency in government.
Currently, President Dewane is Chair of the Executive Committee and serves as a standing member on all regular committees of the district. He acts as the District liaison for the Board of Directors to the Federal Government, Army Corps of Engineers, County of Orange and the Orange County Business Council (OCBC).
President Dewane is also Chairman of CalDesal, an advocate for clean, safe, reliable drinking water for California through environmentally responsible water desalination and salinity management. He also serves as Chairman of the Water Advisory Committee of Orange County; the water policy coordination body of Orange County. He is a member of the Association of California Water Agencies and, having attended numerous annual conferences, he is familiar with the State, Regional and Local issues facing water agencies.
Professionally, President Dewane owns Dewane Investment Strategies (www.DewaneIS.com) -- an independent branch office of Raymond James Financial Services in Newport Beach -- which provides sophisticated investment planning, estate planning, and tax planning advice to individuals and institutions. The Registered Representative published the article, “Profitable Knowledge,” profiling Dewane’s professional work in its October 1998 issue.
President Dewane earned a Master of Business Administration from Pepperdine University, and a Bachelor of Science degree in business management from Arizona State University. He is also honored to serve as an adjunct professor at Pepperdine University.
Recognized for his achievements and service, President Dewane received the Paul Harris Fellowship from Rotary International, and a scholarship from the Los Angeles Society of Financial Analysts. He resides in Costa Mesa with his wife Tracey, daughters Shannon and Cristina, and son Ryan.