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Marcela Navarrete is the vice president of strategic, financial and management services for El Paso Water (EPW). She is responsible for the administrative management and coordination of EPW’s Strategic, Financial and Management Services Division which includes Finance and Budgeting, Customer Service, Accounting, Treasury Management, Purchasing and Contracts Administration, Human Resources, Information Services and Land and Water Rights Management. Before becoming the first female Chief Financial Officer in the 50-year history of EPW, she worked in public accounting for a local CPA firm, specializing in auditing. She joined the City of El Paso in November 1992 as an Accountant I, eventually working her way up to CFO of the utility, a position she held for eight years until her promotion in January 2012 to vice president.