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Deputy Director of Special Initiatives


Taryn Ravazzini

Taryn Ravazzini, Deputy Director of Special Initiatives

Taryn Ravazzini was appointed as the Department of Water Resources’ Deputy Director of Special Initiatives in December 2015. This position is responsible for complex projects related to implementation of the California Water Action Plan, with emphasis on the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. Taryn is the Executive Lead for the Department's implementation of the landmark 2014 Sustainable Groundwater Management Act. She also serves as Executive Advisor to the California Water Commission, having previously held the position of Acting Executive Officer for the Commission in 2016-2017.

Prior to coming to DWR, Taryn held an appointment as the coordinator for the Delta Stewardship Council’s Delta Plan Interagency Implementation Committee. Before that, she worked as a strategic public and governmental relations consultant, specializing in natural resources and local government issues. She has held multiple positions at the Association of California Water Agencies in Sacramento and Washington, D.C., including field representative and federal relations representative. She was a staff assistant in the Washington, D.C. Office of U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer, a capital fellow at the Judicial Council of California, and an assistant to the legislative liaison at the California Postsecondary Education Commission.

Taryn earned a Juris Doctor degree from the Golden Gate University School of Law and is a member of the California State Bar.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:
California Department of Water Resources
P.O. Box 942836, Room 1148-6
Sacramento, CA 94236-0001

Street Address:
1416 - 9th Street, Room 1148-6
Sacramento, CA 95814

Shelly Johnson
Executive Assistant
Telephone: (916) 653-7768
E-Mail Address: Shelly.Johnson@water.ca.gov