James R. Fisler represents Division 2, encompassing the Mesa Verde area, on the Mesa Water District (Mesa Water®) Board of Directors. He was appointed to Mesa Water’s Board in August 2009, elected in 2010 and re-elected in 2012 and 2016. Director Fisler was elected to serve as the Board’s President from 2012-2014, which included service on the District’s Executive Committee. Currently, Director Fisler is Chairman of Mesa Water’s Legislative & Public Affairs Committee and Chairman of the District’s Engineering & Operations Committee. He also serves as an Alternate on Mesa Water’s Finance Committee.

In addition to serving on Mesa Water’s Board, Director Fisler serves the Association of California Water Agencies (ACWA) as a member of its Local Government Committee. He also serves as Chair of the City of Costa Mesa’s Finance and Pension Advisory Committee. Director Fisler also serves as President of the Independent Special Districts of Orange County (ISDOC) as well as being a commissioner on the County of Orange Housing and Community Development Commission, having been appointed to that position by the OC Board of Supervisors in 2017.

Director Fisler was also elected as an alternate to the Local Agency Formation Commission of Orange County (OC LAFCO) in 2011, and re-elected in June 2014, to represent the Special Districts of Orange County.

Director Fisler’s interest in serving Mesa Water began after attending several Board meetings, when he was motivated by the prospect of being involved in water supply, storage, and delivery to the community, as well as promoting conservation and efficient delivery of government services.

Director Fisler also serves as President of the Mesa Water District Improvement Corporation, a California nonprofit public benefit corporation formed to assist Mesa Water in financing certain improvements to the District’s water system.

Director Fisler has a passion for public policy and is immensely involved in community service. Prior to joining Mesa Water’s Board, he served as Vice Chair of the City of Costa Mesa’s Planning Commission and, before that, as a City Parks and Recreation Commissioner. He was also a member of the City’s Residential Rehabilitation and Redevelopment Committee for more than a decade. Additionally, he volunteered in the City’s Neighbors for Neighbors program for over 10 years, is a graduate of the Citizens Police Academy, and served as a Board member of the Costa Mesa Senior Center as well as a Board member of the Friends of Costa Mesa Libraries.

Currently a REALTOR® with Torelli Realty in Mesa Verde, Director Fisler was a regional manager for Nordstrom stores for more than 12 years. Both positions have equipped him with the necessary skills to provide outstanding customer service. A Costa Mesa resident for over 47 years, Director Fisler has lived in the Mesa Verde area for 26 years.