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Michelle Banonis

Michelle Banonis, Assistant Chief Deputy Director

Michelle Banonis was appointed the Department of Water Resources’ Assistant Chief Deputy Director in May 2017. In this capacity, Michelle serves as a subject matter expert and policy advisor to the Director and Chief Deputy Director on a broad range of issues impacting statewide water management.

Prior to her appointment, Michelle was area manager for the Bay Delta Office at the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, where she also served in several positions since 2009, including, special assistant to the regional director, California WaterFix program manager, restoration goal supervisor for the San Joaquin River Restoration Program and natural resources specialist. Banonis served in several positions at the Pierce County Department of Public Works and Utilities in Washington state from 2000 to 2009, including environmental permitting supervisor, environmental biologist and engineering technician.

Michelle is a graduate of Michigan Technological University where she earned her Bachelor of Science degree in environmental engineering. Michelle also holds a Juris Doctor from the Humphreys College Laurence Drivon School of Law and is a licensed attorney with the State Bar of California.

Contact Information:

California Department of Water Resources
P.O. Box 942836
Sacramento, CA 94236-0001

Street Address:
1416 - 9th Street, Room 1104-4
Sacramento, CA 95814
Telephone: (916) 653-5791

Shelly Johnson, Executive Assistant
Telephone: (916) 653-7768
E-Mail Address:
Mailing Address: Same as above