Meet Discovery Bay’s New CSD Director, Ashley Porter
(DISCOVERY BAY) At a special meeting of the Town of Discovery Bay, on October 1st, the directors of the Community Services District (DB CSD) voted unanimously to appoint applicant, Ashley Porter, as the newest director on their board. Porter will serve the remaining two years of Robert Leete’s term, whose resignation from the board took effect September 3rd when he relocated to Texas. While there are six candidates running for two CSD openings on the November ballot, the board was required to appoint a new director within 60 days. On September 23, the four CSD directors collectively interviewed applicants and, on October 1, put forth their top two nominees. Three of four directors named Ashley Porter and the appointment was approved with a unanimous vote.
Ashley Porter, 43, spent her childhood moving extensively around the desert southwest – Texas, New Mexico, Arizona – then later to Salt Lake City, where she attended the University of Utah. In 2002, Porter became a Discovery Bay resident and is now a full-time working mother of two; Her son is an 8th grader at Excelsior Middle School and her 10th grade daughter attends the Contra Costa Performing Arts Academy. They share a home with Porter’s partner-in-all-things, Greg Chittum, and his 9th and 11th grade sons, both De La Salle High School students.
Porter discussed her new role as a CSD Director with the Town of Discovery Bay – as the only woman on the CSD board, the only director with school-age children, and being considerably younger than her seasoned counterparts – and how she felt those factors, along with her education, life and professional experience might translate into her position on the CSD Board:
With her degree from the University of Utah in hand, Porter was commuting to her work in San Jose at Ernst & Young (corporate financial services) when she first moved to Discovery Bay. As “enjoyable” as that daily drive past the Vasco Road windmills can be, she chose to transition into local life as the owner of Creative Events (wedding and events production) and became heavily involved in volunteer roles; as a long term board member with Kaleidoscope Cancer Connection, as a member of various BUSD board-advisory committees, and – referencing both of her grandfathers and their heroism – Porter explained how her family became dedicated volunteers for Wreaths Across America, a national tribute event to honor fallen Veterans, by name, at Arlington National Cemetery and at thousands of locations across the US. In 2015, with children moving into their teen years, she accepted a role managing large corporate and municipal accounts for TEC commercial trucking, where she remains one of very few women at her level in the industry.
“I believe if you’re going to complain about something, you also need to be willing to be a part of the solution,” Porter explained of her interest in the CSD position. “I’m motivated to understand what the challenges, limitations and possibilities are with the CSD.” Asked about changes she wants to make, she explained: “I will spend the first 100 days learning everything I need to know about the required Town and CSD board process. I applied for the appointment because there are areas within our community I would like to see improve but first need the background and internal insight on those before I can make educated suggestions. Many of my accounts are municipalities and each of them has different procedures – I started to familiarize myself with the Town’s [procedures] the morning after my appointment when I met with [Town Manager] Mike Davies, and began the Onboarding process.”
“I am hopeful the directors selected me for appointment because of my background qualifications and because I might provide a different perspective that they value.”
Ashley Porter will be officially sworn in as CSD director at the Town of Discovery Bay regular meeting, on October 7, 2020.
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