David J. Guy, President
David Guy has devoted the past several decades to advancing economic interests that promote the conservation of California’s special places and their precious water and land. David works closely with Congress, the state legislature and state and federal agencies to further NCWA’s mission – to advance the economic, social and environmental sustainability of Northern California by enhancing and preserving its water rights, supplies, and water quality.
Todd Manley, Director of Government Relations
Todd Manley is the Northern California Water Association’s (NCWA) Director of Government Relations. Todd advocates on behalf of NCWA’s members with government agencies, Congress, the State legislature, urban and agricultural water interests, and environmental organizations on various issues, including legislative negotiations, appropriations, ecosystem enhancements, Pacific Flyway, fish passage, efficient water management, and groundwater management. He also edits NCWA’s quarterly newsletter, NCWA Conveyance.
Gary Link, Legislative Affairs Director
Gary Link’s journey in water policy began while guiding a whitewater rafting trip down a Class V rapid in Northern California. Multiple rapid rides down California’s rivers prepared Link for the swift current, big water, large rapids, haystack waves, low water, and the eddys of the California Capitol and state water policy. As the Northern California Water Association (NCWA) Legislative Affairs Director, Link brings Capitol, Administration, Non-Governmental Organization (NGO), and professional advocacy experience for NCWA’s members.
Ida Otterson Noey, Administrator
Ida Otterson Noey is NCWA’s Administrator. Ida has a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting from Sonoma State University. Prior to working at NCWA, Ida was employed with CrossCheck, Inc. as a legal clerk, assisting corporate counsel and legal staff. Ida is a lifelong resident of Northern California. Her family has farmed rice in the Sacramento Valley for four generations, and she now lives in West Sacramento with her husband.
Bruce Houdesheldt, Director of Water Quality
Bruce Houdesheldt joined the Northern California Water Association’s (NCWA) in 2009 as Director of Regulatory Affairs. In this role, he has program management responsibility for the Sacramento Valley Water Quality Coalition (Coalition), a watershed-based agricultural water quality program. Working with growers, local Farm Bureau leadership, crop specialists from the University of California Cooperative Extension, natural resource specialists and Agricultural Commissioners he ensures the compliance and reporting requirements of the Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board’s Irrigated Lands Regulatory Program (ILRP) are met for the 8,600 farmers and wetlands managers enrolled Coalition.
Danyella Ochoa, Office Manager
Danyella Ochoa is the magic that makes NCWA a leader in California. From her professionalism to her personality, to her ability to manage multiple important projects to the day to day and year over year efforts of NCWA.
Danyella manages the NCWA Sacramento office and is keeper of the keys to functionality and production at NCWA. A trusted voice tied to an experienced background typically means that Ochoa is often the first person consulted. She joined NCWA in 2008 as an assistant and learned the nuances of water and helping coworkers. Then was asked to help the State of California Department of Finance’s Financial Information System for California, known as FI$Cal. She was the eyes and ears for the Director of Fi$Cal, working with multiple agencies and departments tied to Fi$Cal, where her professionalism and hard-working attitude lead her back to NCWA.