Tri Ta (Chair)
OCWD 2nd Vice President
Tri Ta was appointed to the Orange County Water District (OCWD) Board of Directors in September 2018 and subsequently elected in 2020. He currently serves as the District's 2nd vice president. he was appointed chair of the GWRS steering committee in January 2022. Director Ta also serves as mayor for the city of Westminster, Calif.
Director Ta was elected in November 2016 to serve his third term as mayor. Tri Ta was first elected to the Westminster City Council in November 2006 and re-elected in 2010. In 2008, he was selected to serve as mayor pro tempore. Director Ta became the first Vietnamese-American elected mayor in the United States with his victory in November 2012; he was re-elected as mayor in November 2014.
Prior to being elected to the council, he served as a commissioner for the city's Energy Committee and Advisory Committee for the Disabled. Tri Ta currently represents Westminster on the Orange County Fire Authority Board of Directors serving on its Executive Committee and Budget and Finance Committee, the Orange County Council of Governments, the Orange County Public Library Advisory Board, and the Orange County Transportation Authority Central County Corridor MIS and I-405 Policy Working Group. He also serves as council representative to the city's Water Rate Structure Committee, Zoning Code Update Committee, 3rd Assault Amphibian Battalion Advisory Committee, and Energy Committee.
Director Ta was born in Saigon, Vietnam. He came to the United States with his family in 1992 at the age of 19. He then received a B.A. in political science and has completed the requirements for an M.A. in International Relations. Director Ta appreciates the opportunities given to him by the political process and democracy in the United States, leading him to begin working as a legislative representative in 1998.
From 1998 to 2006, Director Ta worked as a career consultant and then as an employment counselor. This enabled him to help numerous families from many ethnic groups become self-sufficient and less reliant on public assistance by developing better job searching skills, and/or adequate vocational training to obtain sustainable employment. He also helped with a variety of supportive services, including, but not limited to, transportation, childcare, housing, shelter, and ancillary.
Over the years, Director Ta had been active in many non-profit organizations, committees and projects, including the Union of Vietnamese Student Associations (UVSA), New Horizon, Orange History Program, National Alliance of Vietnamese American Service Agencies (NAVASA), Rancho Santiago Community College District's Measure Advisory Committee, Giving Back Program, Asian Pacific National Steering Committee, and Kiwanis International. He is frequently sought after by universities as an inspirational speaker whose ultimate message to the youth is "follow your dream 'til the end."
Director Ta resides in Westminster with his wife, Anh Doan, and their two daughters Trianh and Trimy.