Antonio Martinez was elected to the Contra Costa Water District Board of Directors in 2020, representing Pittsburg, Antioch, and the northeast portion of Concord. He began serving as Vice President in June 2022 and currently serves on the Retirement and Other Post Employment Benefits (OPEB) Committees, as well as the Public Information & Conservation Committee.
A resident of Antioch, he works for the East Bay Municipal Utility District (EBMUD) as the Manager of Distribution Maintenance and Construction in the Operations and Maintenance Department. He is responsible for the potable distribution system for 20 cities and 15 unincorporated East Bay communities within Alameda and Contra Costa counties. He manages a staff of more than 220 employees dedicated to meeting stringent state regulations around worker safety, water loss, and system maintenance.
Over his 31-year career at EBMUD, he has worked on various water projects. Of note, he spent 10 years managing and leading seismic improvement projects to harden backbone critical piping and install emergency by-pass systems. He has 25 years of labor activism negotiating contracts, defending worker rights, and fighting for working families. While working, he attended community college and eventually transferred to the University of San Francisco where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in Organizational Behavior and Leadership.
He has experience in managing resources through disasters and is well versed in the incident command structure instituted at the state and federal level known as National Incident Management System (NIMS) and State Incident Management System (SIMS). He worked during the Oakland fire; most recently, he led response teams to the Napa earthquake and Paradise fire.
He is a member of the American Water Works Association (AWWA). He has attended conferences around the country where he has provided leadership trainings as well as presentations on testing new pipe materials for water distribution systems. Through his employer, he is a member of the Waterworks Management Workshop committee. The committee includes the largest water agencies in the country. They convene twice a year to discuss and share regulations, new technologies, and trends that impact or may impact the water industry.