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Special District

Marina Coast Water DistrictCandidate for Director

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Jan Shriner

2,641 votes (22.78%)Winning
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Defending groundwater quality and groundwater management for central Marina and Ord communities and the greater Salinas Valley Groundwater Basin.
  • Create science-based policies such as applying Stanford's Airborne Electromagnetic (AEM) Survey to determine and maintain specific underground drinking water resources.
  • Reduce the carbon footprint of Marina Coast Water District as part of the next five-year strategic plan.



Profession:Biologist/Educator/ Business Owner/ Public Servant
Park Interpreter, County of Santa Clara Parks & Recreation (2003–current)
Board member, Marina Coast Water District Board — Elected position (2010–current)
Vice President, Marina Coast Water District Board — Elected position (2018–current)
Executive Committee, Marina Coast Water District — Appointed position (2018–current)
Joint City District Committee, Chair, Marina Coast Water District — Appointed position (2018–current)
Water Conservation Commission, Monterey County Water Conservation Commission — Appointed position (2011–current)
Field Technician, Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Reserve (2002–2003)
Co-Owner/Partner, Santa Cruz Eskape Kayak (1993–2002)
Proprietor, Rock Island Oyster Farm, Jefferson Co., WA (1986–1994)
Research Technician, Immunex (Amgen), Seattle WA (1987–1992)


University of WA, 1983 Bachelor’s in Biology (1983)


Biologist/Educator/ Business Owner/ Public Servant


Jan grew up in Hawaii and graduated from Punahou School in 1975. President Obama graduated from this school four years later. Her father’s career was in the military and her family’s military history spans throughout the family tree for generations. “I am 13th generation born to this soil to have embraced ‘the American dream.’ Beginning with my parents, family marriages are a melting pot representing Korea, China, Nicaragua, Brazil, and Africa. I am proud to say I truly come from a diverse ‘All-American’ family.” states Jan.


She earned BS in Biology from the University of Washington in 1983, paying her own way through jobs with seasonal fisheries research and hospitality work.


Jan has always lived by water, working with fisheries, biotechnology, sea kayak instruction and now environmental education through a regional parks system. Her passions for ecology, community and water shine. Her leadership is known for innovation, consistency, and effectiveness.


She regularly attends and participates in a wide range of public meetings, including those of the Marina City Council; its planning commission, the County Board of Supervisors, and the regional water board.


She is experienced, informed, and committed to the people of Marina.

Education: Bachelor’s in Biology, University of WA, 1983

Work Experience:

  • Park Interpreter—County of Santa Clara Parks & Rec.* 2003-present
  • Field Tech.—Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Reserve, 2002-03
  • Co-Owner/Partner—Santa Cruz Eskape Kayak 1993-2002
  • Proprietor—Rock Island Oyster Farm, Jefferson Co., WA, 1986-94
  • Research Technician—Immunex (Amgen), Seattle WA, 1987-92
  • Washington State Fish & Game Biologist—Brinnon, WA, 1983-85

Recent Community Involvement:

—Marina Coast Water District Board 2010-present
—Marina Coast Water District Board, Vice President 2018
—Marina Coast Water District, Executive Committee 2018
—Marina Coast Water District, Joint City District Committee, Chair 2018
—Protect Monterey County 2016-present
—Water Conservation Commission 2011-present
—Liaison to LAFCO of Monterey County, 2014
—California Native Plant Society, 2003-present   
—Marina Cypress Knolls Project Proposal Review, 2010
—Marina Public Works Commission, 2008-2010

—“Unity in Diversity” Award(s) from County of Santa Clara Chief Executive Officer for
     building community through collaboration, 2007 (individual) & 2010 (team member)
—Top 10 Women Contributors to Paddlesports Industry 2003
—National Outdoor Book Award for Best Guidebook 2000 (co-author)

* for identification purposes only

Who supports this candidate?

Organizations (2)

  • Monterey County Democratic Central Committee
  • Marina Democratic Club

Elected Officials (8)

  • Monterey County District 4 Supervisor Jane Parker
  • Marina City Councilmember Frank O’Connell and Linda O’Connell
  • Marina City Councilmember Nancy Amadeo
  • MCWD Board President Tom Moore
  • City Councilmember Gail Morton
  • Seaside City Councilmember Jason Campbell
  • MCWD Board Member Herbert Cortez
  • MPUSD Board Member Wendy Root-Askew

Individuals (8)

  • Real Estate Development Director for CHISPA Dana Cleary
  • Commissioner on Recreation and Cultural Services Commission Gainell Johnson
  • Former City of Monterey Councilmember Nancy Selfridge
  • Diana and Rob Creasey
  • Linda and Roy Madsen, PhD
  • Jennifer Smith
  • Dr. Monique P. Fargues
  • Former Planning Commissioner Steve Zmak and Tina Zmak

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

Dear Friends & Neighbors:
I am running for re-election for the Board of Marina Coast Water District (MCWD) in November 2018. With your support, this will be my third term.

  • I defend groundwater quality. I am volunteering with Protect Monterey County, promoting the ban of fracking and trying to stop injection of untreated wastewater into the Salinas Valley Groundwater Basin (SVGB).
  • I work on groundwater management. In 2016 I participated with the Environmental Caucus of the Collaborative Working Group of the SVGB for the new Groundwater Sustainability Act. In 2017, I supported Marina Coast to establish Groundwater Sustainability Agency (GSA) for central Marina and Ord Community.
  • I strive to create science-based policies such as applying Stanford’s Aerial Electromagnetic (AEM) Survey. Scientists can provide AEM imagery to help us determine and maintain specific underground drinking water resources.
  • I see reducing the carbon footprint of MCWD as part of the next five-year Strategic Plan.
  • I do not accept donations from large corporations.

Key endorsements include: Monterey County District 4 Supervisor Jane Parker, Marina City Councilmembers Frank O’Connell and Gail Morton, MCWD Board President Tom Moore, MCWD Board Member Herbert Cortez and MPUSD Board Member Wendy Root-Askew.

Please support my re-election for continued work on your clean, healthful water.

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