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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Danyella Ochoa, Office Manager

Kylie Fryar, Communications Specialist

Kylie Fryar is NCWA’s Communications Specialist and works to advance our communications program – telling the amazing story about the central role water serves in advancing all these important purposes throughout the region. Kylie previously served as a district representative for Senator Nielsen with a focus on Butte, Glenn and Tehama Counties, as well as intern for both Congressman LaMalfa and the NBC Nightly News in Washington D.C. She also served as a Communications Coordinator for the Peace Officer’s Research Association of California (PORAC). She is a double graduate of Arizona State University with a B.A. in Mass Communication and Media Studies and an M.A. in Criminal Justice.

Kylie was born and raised in Northern California and currently lives in Sacramento. When not working, Kylie enjoys spending time with her family in Lake Almanor, spending time with friends, reading, traveling, and cooking/baking.