California Water Service (Cal Water) has announced  that Shannon McGovern (Ding) has joined the company

as a Regional Community Affairs Specialist. In this role, McGovern will be responsible for the planning, development, and direction of Cal Water’s local government and community relations efforts in 11 Northern California and Bay Area districts.

   McGovern, Ding’s maiden name, is based in the company’s Stockton District.
   McGovern brings more than 20 years of experience working closely with local, state, and federal officials and community leaders, particularly in San Joaquin County. Most recently an external affairs consultant for AT&T, she was responsible for establishing and maintaining strategic relationships with local elected leaders.
   “Shannon’s vast experience managing multiple programs for a wide variety of organizations will be valuable to Cal Water,” says John Freeman, Stockton District Manager. “We are fortunate to have her, given her long-standing commitment to local communities, including Stockton.”
McGovern’s work with the local community includes coordinating events for a former member of Congress and holding two staff positions with the California Assembly. She is Past President of the Junior League of San Joaquin County; is a Dameron Hospital Trustee; is a Senior Fellow, American Leadership Forum Central Valley Chapter; and serves on the Board of Directors of the Leadership Stockton Alumni Association.
   “I am thrilled to be a part of such a strong, community-focused company,” McGovern says. “I look forward to engaging the community and our leaders and continuing the high standards for which Cal Water is known and appreciated.”
   Cal Water serves about 170,500 customers in Stockton through 58,848 service connections in California. The company, which has provided water service in the area since 1927, was ranked “Highest in Customer Satisfaction among Water Utilities in the West” in 2016 by J.D. Power in its inaugural Water Utility Residential Customer Satisfaction Study.  Additional information may be obtained online at