California Boating and Waterways Commission

The Boating and Waterways Commission (Commission) is mandated by the Harbors and Navigation Code (HNC) to advise and comment on all DBW matters within its jurisdiction. The Commission must also advise and comment on all boating facilities loans and grants proposed by the division.

The Commission is composed of seven members appointed by the Governor and confirmed by the State Senate. Each commissioner's term runs for four years. The HNC specifies that in making appointments to the Commission, the Governor shall give primary consideration to the geographical location of the residences of members as related to boating activities and harbors. One member is required to be a private small craft harbor owner and operator, one member must belong to a recognized statewide organization representing recreational boaters, and one member must be an officer or employee of a local law enforcement agency responsible for enforcing boating laws.



Virginia Madueño

Virginia Madueño, Chair
(2013-2021) Riverbank

Virginia Madueño of Riverbank has been appointed to the California Boating and Waterways Commission. Virginia is the President of IMAGEN, LLC, a communications and marketing firm she established in 2001. IMAGEN continues to demonstrate enthusiasm and expertise in government affairs, grassroots public outreach, community involvement, advocacy and advertising. Virginia served as Council member from 2005-2008 and Mayor for the City of Riverbank California 2009-2012. Madueño is a member of the Stanislaus County Family Justice Center, Gallo Center for the Arts Trustee, Ovarian Cancer Alliance of California. She has a BA in Communications from CSU Stanislaus and is a graduate of the 2006 JFK School of Government at Harvard, National Hispana Leadership Institute (NHLI). She was awarded the 2008 Trailblazer Business of the Year by the National Association of Women Business Owners and Wells Fargo and was awarded the 2008 Latina Style Magazine Business of the Year Award, where she was awarded the Anna Maria Arias scholarship to attend the Dartmouth School of Business Minority Enterprise Program in 2009.


Katherine Pettibone

Katherine Pettibone, Member
(2014-2020) Sacramento

Katherine Pettibone of Sacramento was appointed by Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr., to the California Boating and Waterways Commission in February 2014.

Pettibone has been legislative director at the Civil Justice Association of California since 2010. She was a senior analyst at the Governor’s Office of Planning and Research from 2008 to 2010 and an attorney in private practice in 2007. Pettibone was assistant rules advisor and sailing team member at the 32nd America’s Cup from 2006 to 2007. She was a sailing team member and technical coordinator on Team Amer Sports at the Volvo Ocean Race from 2001 to 2002 and a sailing team member with the America True, San Francisco Yacht Club at the 30th America's Cup from 1998 to 2000. Pettibone was a sailing team member and sail coordinator with Team EF Whitbread Round the World Race Team from 1996 to 1998. She was a sailing team member with America 3 Foundation All-Women's Team at the 29th America's Cup from 1994 to 1995, the first all-female America’s Cup crew. She is a member of the U.S. Sailing Association and co-founder of the Rising Tide Leadership Institute. Pettibone earned a Juris Doctor degree from the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law.


Douglas W. Metz

Douglas W. Metz, Member
(2006-2020) Coronado

Douglas W. Metz, of Coronado, was appointed by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger to the California Boating and Waterways Commission in 2006.

He is President of Metz & Associates, and senior counsel to The King Law Group providing professional and general management consulting services to businesses and non-profit organizations. In Washington DC, he was CEO and general counsel of Wine and Spirits Wholesalers of America. He served as associate director and general counsel of the Council on International Economic Policy, assistant director of the President’s Economic Policy Board, and executive director of the Domestic Council Committee on Right of Privacy.

Prior to his White House service, Mr. Metz was vice president of the international management consulting firm of Booz, Allen and Hamilton. Earlier, he was a Congressional chief of staff. He served on active duty as an Air Force Judge Advocate.

Mr. Metz has been admitted to the bars of the state of Michigan, the District of Columbia, and the United States Supreme Court.

He is a member of the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce’s Infrastructure Committee and its Water Subcommittee. He is active in the Coronado Chamber of Commerce and the Rotary Club of Coronado. He is immediate past President of the Coronado Cays Homeowners Association, one of the largest marina communities in California. He is Trustee and Vice President of the Coronado Unified School District.


Frank Peralta

Frank Peralta, Member
(2012-2020) Bonita

Frank Peralta of Bonita has been appointed to the California Boating and Waterways Commission. Peralta has been a deputy sheriff at the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department since 1974. He is a member of the Latino Police Officers Association.