Alex Hildebrand "transplanted" from the Bay Area in 1962, moving to a farm in the south Manteca area. He developed a passion for water issues and now enjoys statewide recognition as an authority on water issues.
Born in Berkeley in 1913, he graduated with honors from U.C. Berkeley in 1935, where he majored in physics and minored in chemistry and engineering. He enjoyed a career with Standard Oil Company, but developed a passion for "Outdoor stuff" through his involvement with the Sierra Club. During this period of time he served as National President of the Sierra Club.
He took an early retirement from Chevron and moved with wife Barbara and his daughters to the bucolic life of rural Manteca. He was a member of the South Delta water Agency Board for over 30 years, and continues to serve as the Agency Engineer. His public life also included time as a Trustee for the Manteca Unified School Board.
Alex was involved in the initial concept of augmenting San Joaquin River flow by recalculating Delta water via the Delta Mendota Canal back to the Delta.
Alex Hildebrand is still active and passionate regarding environmental issues. He is a member of the San Joaquin County Farm Bureau, as well as the Agricultural Hall of Fame.