As a 50-year Costa Mesa resident who has lived in Mesa Verde for the past 27 years, 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 served as Board President in 2012-2014, and he currently serves as Chairman of Mesa Water’s Finance Committee and as Vice Chairman of its Legislative & Public Affairs Committee.

In addition to serving on Mesa Water’s Board, Director Fisler serves the Association of California Water Agencies as a member of its Local Government Committee. Director Fisler also serves as Immediate Past President of the Independent Special Districts of Orange County, as well as being a commissioner on the County of Orange Housing and Community Development Commission, having been appointed to that position in 2017 by the Orange County Board of Supervisors.

Director Fisler was also elected as an alternate to the Local Agency Formation Commission of Orange County in 2011, and re-elected in 2014 and 2018, to represent the Special Districts of Orange County.

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

Director Fisler has a passion for public policy and 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. In addition, he served the City of Costa Mesa as Chair of its Finance Committee and as Chairman of its Finance and Pension Advisory Committee. 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 and the Friends of Costa Mesa Libraries.

Director Fisler is a Broker/Associate with Torelli Realty in Mesa Verde. Prior to that, he was a regional manager for Nordstrom for over 12 years. Both positions have equipped him with the skills and expertise to provide outstanding customer service.