Jeanette Hayhurst was raised in Orange County and received a Bachelor of Science degree in Zoology with a minor in Agriculture from Cal Poly Pomona. She came to the High Desert in the 1980s to assist with spring roundup on a cattle ranch and decided to stay. She went on to teach elementary school and later taught Biology and other life science courses at Barstow Community College.
In the ‘90s, she went to work for the City of Barstow where she served in a variety of departments including economic development, housing, and parks and recreation, and retired as the Community Services Director. In 2003, she began attending Mojave Water Agency (MWA) Board meetings, and in 2006 participated in the formation of MWA’s Alliance for Water Awareness and Conservation (AWAC) coalition that promotes water conservation with the goal of voluntarily reducing water consumption by 20 percent.
After her retirement, she continued to volunteer for the Agency as a member of the Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) and was elected president of the committee in 2014. The TAC encourages all citizens to participate in regional water issues and serves as an advisory group to MWA’s Board of Directors. This important committee provided the public forum for the creation of the 2014 Integrated Regional Water Management Plan. Hayhurst promotes the Agency’s inclusion of all stakeholders and often says, “We’re smarter as a group.”
Hayhurst has been married to her husband Mike since 1985 and they have two sons. For fun, she enjoys playing guitar and singing. Her passion is driving her team of miniature horses. In the fall, she and her horses participate in the annual Death Valley Wagon Drive as they travel 100 miles and trace the route of the California 49ers.