Marcela Navarrete recently retired as VP – Strategic, Financial and Management Services at El Paso Water. In her two decades at El Paso Water, Navarrete worked her way up from accountant to be the first woman Chief Financial Officer and also led strategic and management services with scope that includes accounting, procurement, land management, customer service, information technology and human resources. She is credited with driving efficiencies and maintaining the utility’s AA+ bond rating while keeping El Paso Water and wastewater rates among the lowest in Texas. Navarrete holds an accounting degree from The University of Texas at El Paso and is a Certified Public Accountant. She has served on many community and professional Boards and in 2016 was named a Woman of Impact by El Paso Inc.