Ranjiv Khush

About Ranjiv

Ranjiv is a water scientist uniquely qualified to ensure that the Marin Municipal Water District (MMWD) has safe, sustainable, and affordable water for the foreseeable future. He is an internationally recognized expert who has improved water access and sanitary conditions for vulnerable populations across the developing world with successful, cost-effective, and evidence-based solutions.

In 2022 Ranjiv ran for the Water Board for Division III and won. Ranjiv is now a Board Member and Vice President and is using his world-class expertise to prepare & plan for Marin’s water supply challenges and improve MMWD’s quality of service. Ranjiv’s term is from 12/2022 to 12/2026 and he is serving on these MMWD committees: Communications & Water Efficiency Committee Chair, Operations Committee Vice Chair.

Marin Water’s board members are elected under the provisions of the Municipal Water District Law of 1911 (State Water Code Section 71000). Directors are elected to represent Marin Water’s five divisions and Ranjiv represents Divison III.

Division III

Includes the San Geronimo Valley, Fairfax, a portion of San Anselmo not including north west area, Ross, Greenbrae, Kentfield, Kent Woodlands, and portion of Larkspur north of Corte Madera Creek and west of Highway 101, portion of Larkspur south of Corte Madera Creek and west of Bon Air Road and west of Skylark Road, watershed land lying north of Fairfax-Bolinas Road or contiguous with towns in Division III and up to Division IV boundary.

Ranjiv is a native Californian, born in Woodland in the Sacramento Valley. He has degrees from the University of California, Davis (B.A. in Genetics, M.S. in Vegetable Crops) and University of California, Santa Cruz (Ph.D. in Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology).

While studying at UC Santa Cruz, Ranjiv met his wife Kristina, a fellow PhD student. After graduating and working as a Senior Research Scientist at Stanford University and as a Foreign Service Officer at the Office of the Science and Technology Adviser to the Secretary of State, Ranjiv co-founded the Aquaya Institute in 2005. 

Aquaya is a non-profit research and consulting organization dedicated to advancing global health through universal access to safe water and sanitation.

Ranjiv and Kristina moved to San Anselmo in 2008 where they enjoy biking, hiking, and running on the trails that make Marin such a special place to live. Kristina is a Director and Senior Scientist at the Exploratorium. Their daughter, Zara, a fifth grader at Brookside Elementary School in San Anselmo, is a passionate soccer player with the Ross Valley Breakers Football Club and a fearless mountain biker. The fourth member of the family is Kali, a German Shepard rescue dog from the Central Valley.

Ranjiv is active in his community and serves as the San Anselmo representative and Board Secretary for the Board of Trustees of the Marin Sonoma Mosquito Vector Control District.

Ranjiv is committed to bringing his experience solving global problems to Marin.