Philip L. Anthony
OCWD 2nd Vice President
Philip L. Anthony has been an elected member of the Orange County Water District (OCWD) Board of Directors since 1981 and currently serves as its 1st vice president. Director Anthony was president of the board from 1993 through 1995 and again from 2005 through 2007.
Director Anthony also serves as a director of the National Water Research Institute, commissioner of the Santa Ana Watershed Project Authority, a member of the Groundwater Replenishment System Steering Committee, and was formerly chair of the Association of California Water Agencies Region 10. He also co-founded the Water Advisory Committee of Orange County, was a founding member of OCWD’s Groundwater Guardian Team and has served on the Santa Ana River Flood Protection Agency since 1988.
Director Anthony was selected for the 2002 E. Benjamin Nelson Government Service Award by The Groundwater Foundation. The prestigious national award honors and recognizes an elected or appointed public official who has significantly advanced environmental and groundwater stewardship.
Director Anthony was elected first to the Westminster City Council, where he served from 1962 to 1976 and was mayor from 1972 through 1976. He was next elected to the Orange County Board of Supervisors where he served from 1976 to 1981 and was board chair in 1979. He also served on the boards of the Orange County Sanitation District, the South Coast Air Quality Management District, the Southern California Association of Governments, and the Orange County Local Agency Formation Commission.
He is currently president of Philip L. Anthony, Inc., practicing as a real estate developer and an independent public affairs and management consultant. Earlier in his career, Director Anthony worked in aerospace engineering and program management at Rockwell International Corp., where he received a NASA Technology Utilization Award and was granted two U.S. patents. He has also authored several scientific and technical publications and has given numerous presentations. He is widely sought out for local, national and international speaking engagements as an expert on advanced wastewater purification for potable reuse.
Director Anthony holds a Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry and a Master of Science degree in physical chemistry. His other community service includes board president of the Westminster Boys & Girls Club and board member and past chair of the Orange County Taxpayers Association. He is also a Kiwanis Club member.