Carol W. Kwan

Carol W. KwanCarol W. Kwan was the first Asian-American and the first female elected in 1996 to the West Basin Municipal Water District Board of Directors, representing the cities of Hermosa Beach, Lomita, Manhattan Beach, Redondo Beach, a portion of Torrance, and unincorporated Los Angeles County areas of Harbor Gateway. Director Kwan also served as the District’s appointee to the Board of Directors of the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California from 1998-99 and 2001-07. She is the President and Co-Founder of the Riverbend International School (STEM High School) in Atchison, Kansas. Additionally, Kwan initiated the West Basin Annual Water Harvest Festival in 1998, a free water education and conservation event.

From the age of 15, she was involved in running all aspects of her family’s restaurant business as well as successful businesses in media marketing and as an environmental consultant. She has served as an environmental consultant to the local water authority in Zhong Shan, China. During this period, she helped interpret water reclamation plant plans and consulted on the financial and social feasibility of the project. Her actions enabled many under-represented people to have access to clean, healthy potable water. Carol continues to work in the cities of Zhong Shan and Wuhan to address environmental issues in cooperation with local government agencies. She also serves on the American Heart Association Board and is greatly concerned with environmental issues with regards to the water supply situation in Southern California.

Carol Kwan was born in Hong Kong and immigrated to the United States with her family to the South Bay area in 1971. She graduated from Sacred Heart High School and went to California State University, Long Beach. Director Kwan is Board President and Chair of West Basin’s Administration Committee.