Vicente Sarmiento was appointed by the Santa Ana City Council to represent the Orange County Water District's Division 8 (Santa Ana) as a board member from January 2013 to February 2015 and served as the District's 1st Vice President during that time. He was reappointed to OCWD in December 2016 and currently serves as its President.
In July of 2018, he testified on behalf of the District before the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee in Washington, D.C., addressing OCWD’s proposed use of the Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act to assist in the construction of the Groundwater Replenishment System final expansion.
In January 2007, Director Sarmiento was appointed to the Santa Ana City Council to represent Ward 1. He was formally elected in November 2008, November 2012, and November 2016 and is currently serving his third term. He also served as Mayor Pro Tempore from 2014 to 2016. In addition, he is the chairman of the Oversight Board of the Successor Agency to the former Redevelopment Agency for the city of Santa Ana. Director Sarmiento also chairs the city’s Development and Transportation, and Legislative and Communications Committee.
Director Sarmiento is a board member of the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies based out of George Washington University. He was selected as one of 14 leaders from across the country to join the NewDEAL, a national network that is committed to highlighting innovative ideas from state and local elected leaders who are pro-growth progressives. Director Sarmiento is also a member of the board of directors of the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials.
Vicente Sarmiento graduated from the University of California, Berkeley, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics. He received his Juris Doctor from the University of California, Los Angeles School of Law. More recently, he attended the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and successfully completed the Certificate Program for Senior Executives in State and Local Government.
Director Sarmiento and his family have lived in and around Santa Ana since 1965 and he currently resides in the city with his wife and three children.