Maria Ramirez Named Area Manager for Reclamation’s Yuma Area Office
Media Contact: Rose Davis, (702) 293-8421
For Release: September 20, 2013
BOULDER CITY, NEV. — Maria Ramirez has been selected as the Area Manager for the Bureau of Reclamation’s Yuma Area Office, part of Reclamation’s Lower Colorado Region. Regional Director Terry Fulp said Ramirez is an effective leader with an extensive knowledge of the organization.
“It gives me great pleasure to announce Maria as the Yuma Area Office Manager. She brings a strong commitment to ensuring our operations and maintenance responsibilities are met as well as maintaining our good working relationships with the water districts, tribes and other stakeholders,” said Fulp.
Ramirez, who most recently served as Acting Area Manager for the Yuma Office, said that her work has taught her the importance of balancing the needs of the organization and the many stakeholders who depend on the Colorado River.
“I’m looking forward to contributing to the agricultural community and making a difference in the community that I grew up in,” said Ramirez.
The Yuma Area Office coordinates the delivery of nearly six million acre-feet of Colorado River water annually to the Imperial, Coachella and Yuma valleys, and to Mexico. The water supplies municipal areas along the river, and irrigates more than 1.2 million acres that produce much of the U.S. winter vegetable crop. In addition to water delivery, the office is responsible for international Treaty compliance, groundwater management, river maintenance, and operation and maintenance of the Yuma Desalting Plant.
Ramirez became the Assistant Area Manager for the Yuma Area Office in 2009, and was promoted to Deputy Area Manager in 2011. Prior to joining the Yuma Office, Ramirez held numerous positions with Reclamation, including Property and Acquisitions Group Manager, Administrative Officer, and Program Management Office Chief. Ramirez holds a bachelor’s degree in business management from the University of Phoenix and a master’s degree in business administration from Norwich University.
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