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.

Ranjiv is running for Water Board to use his world-class expertise to prepare & plan for Marin’s water supply challenges and improve MMWD’s quality of service.

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. 

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