The Purissima Hills Water District Board of Directors is composed of five members elected by customers of the District.The Board of Directors holds its meetings every second Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. at the District office, unless otherwise noted.
The board establishes policy on the district's mission, goals, and operations. It represents the general public in deciding issues related to water supply and conservation. With the authority to adopt ordinances that have the force of law within the district, the board decides which policies should be implemented in light of the district's mission and goals, and monitors the implementation of its policies.
Each District Director also serves as a Board Member of the Bay Area Water Supply and Conservation Agency (BAWSCA). The term is 4 years. A Director who is serving as as Board Member for BAWSCA is required to submit a California FPPC Form 806.
Brian Holtz received a B.S. in Computer Science from the University of Southern Mississippi Honors College (1987), and an M.S. in Artificial Intelligence from the University of Michigan (1990). Since 1990 he has been a developer of Internet software, first at Sun Microsystems and currently at Yahoo. He has been principle inventor on three software patents with two more pending. His analyses of environmental challenges and possible catastrophes led to his appointment to the scientific advisory board of the Lifeboat Foundation, which is dedicated to helping humanity survive existential risks. As secretary of the 2008 Libertarian Party Platform Committee he successfully championed the adoption of a platform rewrite that included its first mentions of ecosystems and climate change. He believes that water pricing should reflect its costs and scarcity, and is the best way to achieve water conservation. He believes that Purissima customers should be free to do whatever they want with the water they buy, as long as that use imposes no nuisance on their neighbors and no problems on Purissima infrastructure.
Brian's wife Melisse has an MBA from Stanford and works in portfolio planning at Genentech. They moved to Los Altos Hills in 2006 with their three daughters, the older two of whom attend Nixon Elementary.
Steve Jordan is a management consultant and president of Jordan Consulting Group (JCG), a strategy management consulting firm serving the electronics industry. He has over 20 years' strategy and technology consulting experience with JCG as well as with McKinsey & Company and R. B. Webber & Company. Steve has also held senior management roles at in the semiconductor and computer industry at Poqet Computer, Fairchild Semiconductor, Daisy Systems, and Mostek Corporation.
Steve's consulting practice includes strategic planning, pricing, and product strategy for the electronics and computer industries. A portion of his work includes developing optimal pricing and demand forecasts for service and software products. He hopes to apply his experience in pricing and demand estimation to conservation issues that may face the district.
Steve holds BS degrees in both Economics and Electrical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and an MBA from the Harvard Business School. He and his wife Susan have lived in Los Altos Hills 23 years. Their three daughters attended school in Los Altos Hills, and are presently attending college or graduate school.
Ernest Solomon has lived in Los Altos Hills since 1979. Married, with two children who have long since flown the coop, he enjoys gardening, travel, cycling, and an occasional glass of wine. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Geology from the University of California, Berkeley (Class of 1959, Go Bears), and built a career as an engineering geologist. Much of his career has involved studies of infrastructure including dams, tunnels, highways, and other structures, with many of the studies for water districts and public agencies in northern California. He was first elected a Director of Purissima Hills Water District in 1996; then ran unopposed in 2000, and was re-elected in 2004.
Gary Kremen is President of the Board. As an entrepreneur, inventor, and investor, Gary has over twenty five years of experience with emerging growth companies and developing breakthrough technology.
He is founder of several Silicon Valley companies. In 1993, he founded Match.Com the world's largest dating company where he came up with he idea of online dating, wrote the original business plan, invested the original capital, lead the design of the product and hired the first 20 employees. Kremen also founded Clean Power Finance (backed by Kleiner Perkins, Google Ventures and Claremont Creek Ventures), the leading residential solar power financing platform company which over one third of all solar installers in the U.S. run their business upon. He co-founded, with Ben Dubin, Full Source Software and Los Altos Technologies, early Internet firms. Gary incubated, was the first outside board member and wrote the first check in Dolores Labs (now Crowdflower), the leading crowdsourcing company.
He is an investor in over 50 companies including such clean technology companies as HydroNovation, Watersmart Software (where he is the Chairman), Sunlink, Carbon Flow, Recurve, Greenbox (acquired by Silver Springs Network), Enmetric, Ready Solar (acquired by Sun Edicon), Solar Universe, Lifefactory, People Power Co., Niman Ranch, and Marone Bio Innovations.
Gary is the primary inventor of the seminal U.S.j patent for dynamically created web pages, patent #5,706,434 as well as patents #7,698,210 and #7,890,436. He holds an MBA from Stanford University as well as degrees in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from Northwestern University.
Gary's wife is a practicing physician, with a specialty in integrative and holistic medicine. With their two sons they enjoy traveling to the most interesting places.
Robert N. Anderson, Ph.D., P.E. is a member of the Purissima Hills Water District (PHWD) board, which serves the Los Altos Hills area. He was appointed by the PHWD Board to also serve on the Board of Directors of the Bay Area Water Supply and Conservation Agency (BAWSCA).
Dr. Anderson is a forensic consultant and president of RNA Consulting, Inc., a forensic engineering consulting corporation that specializes in materials engineering and sciences. His expertise is the analysis of the behavior of materials, such as metals, plastics, glass, and ceramics in their related environments. His specialties are in thermodynamics and corrosion.
Dr. Anderson is a testifying expert in metallurgical and materials engineering, serving courts in the U.S. and Canada. He publishes in the areas of thermodynamics, corrosion, surface chemistry, fire analysis, and understandings of archeological materials.
He is Emeritus Professor of Materials Engineering, California State University at San Jose.
Dr. Anderson holds a Ph.D. from Stanford University, a M.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of California at Berkeley, and a B.S. in Chemistry from the University of San Francisco.
He is President of the Board of Directors of the International Board of Forensic Engineering Sciences (IBFES), which certifies experts in forensic engineering sciences.
He is a past member of the Board of Directors of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS). Dr. Anderson is an elected fellow and past president of the National Academy of Forensic Engineers (NAFE), and a founder and past president of the Society of Forensic Engineers and Scientists (SFES).
Dr. Anderson and his family have resided in Los Altos Hills since 1986. His wife, Dru, is a consultant in life cycle process management and communications, and is vice president of their corporation. She retired from HP after 20 years service in management, and is active in CERT as part of the volunteer supervisor team.
Both of the Andersons are licensed amateur radio operators, and are active volunteers in the Los Altos Hills emergency communications response systems. Both have received community recognition for their contributions of service.
The Andersons, in their “spare” time, enjoy traveling to mountains, desert, and seashore to hike and enjoy the natural landscapes, or relaxing in their backyard with their family and Dachshund Odina. They have visited, with their sons, most of the world’s continents and cultures. They have two sons, each married, and one granddaughter, now 2, a budding musician.
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