Jaymie Bradford Joins Water Authority as Assistant General Manager

February 26, 2024

Organizational changes support agency’s evolution

Jaymie Bradford – the former executive vice president and chief operating officer at the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce – has joined the San Diego County Water Authority as assistant general manager overseeing the agency’s external affairs.

In her new position, Bradford reports to General Manager Dan Denham and plays a key role in shaping the Water Authority’s outreach, education, and advocacy efforts. The Water Authority works proactively with state and federal agencies, elected officials, civic leaders, and a wide array of other stakeholders to ensure the long-term reliability of the regional water supply.

At the Chamber, Bradford managed day-to-day operations, directed public policy initiatives, and implemented the organization’s overall strategy and vision. She also has extensive experience in local government, working in public affairs for the City of San Diego for more than a decade in the offices of Mayor Jerry Sanders, Interim Mayor Todd Gloria, and Mayor Kevin Faulconer, where she served as deputy chief of staff and chief of policy.

While earning her degree in political science at UC San Diego, she was a member of the NCAA women’s soccer team. Bradford is a member of the San Diego Convention Center board of directors, the board of the American Red Cross of San Diego-Imperial Counties, and UC San Diego Chancellor’s Community Advisory Board.

With Bradford’s addition to the General Manager’s Office, Tish Berge assumes the role of Chief Operating Officer, overseeing the day-to-day operations of the Water Authority and supporting General Manager Denham’s strategic initiatives. Berge joined the Water Authority in 2021, following four years as general manager of the Sweetwater Authority.

Previously, Berge served as Rincon del Diablo Municipal Water District’s director of administration and finance and as assistant general manager for San Elijo Joint Powers Authority. Berge holds a Bachelor of Science in Engineering from Harvey Mudd College and a Master of Business Administration with an emphasis in finance from the Paul Merage School of Business at the University of California, Irvine. She is a Certified Special District Manager and Registered Professional Engineer.

  • The San Diego County Water Authority sustains a $268 billion regional economy and the quality of life for 3.3 million residents through a multi-decade water supply diversification plan, major infrastructure investments and forward-thinking policies that promote fiscal and environmental responsibility. A public agency created in 1944, the Water Authority delivers wholesale water supplies to 23 retail water providers, including cities, special districts and a military base.

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