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.
2017 Board President: Brian Holtz; Vice President: Steve Jordan
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 President and CEO of WaterCity, a distributed water recycling provider. He has over 20 years' strategy and technology consulting experience with Jordan Consulting Group, R.B. Webber & Company in Palo Alto, and with McKinsey & Company. In addition Steve has held senior management roles in the semiconductor and computer industries at Paget Systems, Poqet Computer, IPValue Management, Fairchild Semiconductor, Daisy Systems, and Mostek Corporation.
Steve has focused on helping PHWD improve the water system for better earthquake resiliency, upgrade the system to reduce system leaks, install advanced technology to help customers identify leaks and conserve usage, and work with other agencies focused on conservation. He has led the development of several proposals to Los Altos Hills County Fire District wherein they helped fund projects of mutual interest. He identified an early prioneer in smart water meters that the District eventually adopted, and worked with Santa Clara Valley Water District (SCVWD) on funding an early stage grant allowing PHWD to jump start its installation of smart water meters. He has also investigated whether PHWD could more efficiently provide water to its customers via potential alliances with investor owned utilities in the area.
Steve is also Chairman of the IEEE Santa Clara Valley Chapter of the Power and Energy Society. He serves as PHWD's representative on SCVWD Environmental and Water Resources Committee, where he engages in that District's countywide responsibilities. He is also PHWD's representative to the WaterNowAlliance, a conservation organization for the Western U.S.
Steve holds BS degrees in both Economics and Electrical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institue of Technology (MIT), and an MBA from the Harvard Business School. He and his wife Susan have lived in Los Altos Hills over 30 years, with all three of their daughters attending schools in Los Altos and Los Altos Hills.
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.
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.
Robert N. Anderson Form 806
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.
PETER EVANS is President of New Power Technologies, a company dedicated to achieving power grid visibility using legacy data with advanced technology and analytic. The company's Energynet technologies enable power delivery network analysis and management with unprecedented transparency, precision, and ease of implementation to support high-performance and high-efficiency power network operation and planning.
Mr. Evans has extensive professional experience with energy production, delivery, and use, as well as corporate and project finance, and energy technology commercialization, having held executive positions at Catalytica Energy Systems, Inc., Enron Capital & Trade Resources Corp., US Generating Company, and PG&E. Mr. Evans serves on the IEEE P1547.7 and P1547.8 working groups and the NIST Smart Grid Interoperability Panel.
Mr. Evans has lived in Los Altos Hills since 1999. He presently serves on and was the founding Chair of the Town of Los Altos Hills Environmental Initiatives Committee.
Mr. Evans played a key role in the development and financing of the Hermiston/Port of Umatilla Regional Water System in Oregon, and initiated the development of the water rights portfolio for the Pastoria Energy Facility in California.
Mr. Evans was insturmental in achieving the industry-environmental consensus that led to the passage of HB 3283 in Oregon, establishing the nation's first carbon dioxide emission standard for power plants.
Mr. Evans holds B.S. degrees in Chemical and Nuclear Engineering and an MBA from the University of California at Berkeley. Mr. Evans holds two U.S. Patents in distributed energy resources and power system analysis with several patents pending. He is a Professional Mechanical Engineer in California and a Chartered Financial Analyst.
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