Director of External Affairs

Michael McCullough

M.P.A., San Diego State University
M.S. Horticulture, Oklahoma State University
B.S. Ornamental Horticulture, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona


Director of External Affairs, Mike McCulloughCalm is Contagious

Before joining Monterey One Water in 2012 as the Recycled Water Program Assistant, Mike worked for almost 20 years in adult education and water resource management in both the private and public sectors. In 2015, Mike became the Government Affairs Administrator for Monterey One Water and in 2019, the Director of External Affairs.

As a big-picture, strategic thinker utilizing a growth-mindset, Mike’s willingness to go back to the drawing board as many times as necessary to achieve a mutually beneficial outcomes is a hallmark of his leadership style. Mike leads by example, displaying integrity when motivating his peers through the encouragement of both ideas and unscripted questions. Understanding the necessity for solutions, Mike’s mindset is to stay calm, something he believes is a powerful contagion.

Mike’s myriad of responsibilities at Monterey One Water focus around business development. If you ask him the key to his position, his answer will center around establishing and fostering relationships with diverse constituent groups. Through these integral relationships, Mike successfully works with elected officials and local, state, and federal regulators to advocate for key legislative policies that will help position the Agency for a strong future. Further advancement of the Agency’s strategic goals and mission includes managing the research and application processes for grant funding opportunities that assist in administrative and capital improvement.

In addition to providing executive analysis and evaluation of governmental affairs, Mike also oversees Monterey One Water’s community outreach and education efforts, stormwater program, and public relations.

Fun Fact: Mike and his family are dedicated to using water resources wisely. They actively monitor their indoor and outdoor water habits, with indoor usage less than 25 gallons per person per day.