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.
2021 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 more than 20 years of 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 more than 30 years, with all three of their daughters attending schools in Los Altos and Los Altos Hills.
Kathy Knopoff is a change agent. Her career has encompassed both Executive and Consulting roles with an eye always toward executing strategy and putting customers first.
Her executive roles have been to run Business Operations for a number of large software companies, including Sun Microsystems, Research in Motion (now Blackberry), and VMWare. In this role, she built the function to drive transparency and a regular cadence into the Business Unit process. In addition to developing strategy through to metrics that matter, regular reviews to ensure tracking to goals, and aligning OPEX spend to the strategy, Kathy successfully introduced a number of innovative models and programs that uncovered new insights, enabling needed shifts in strategy or approach. She was also on the Founding team of Optality, a personal data startup, and on the Advisory Board to WebAppoint, an early online scheduler sold to MSFT in 2000.
Kathy has believed for 10 years that the next big disruption is IOT - the world of connecting machines and sensors (formerly m2m) both in the cloud and at the edge. This is an important discontinuity that will impact every industry, in every country. Helping cities and communities get ready for this is a passion, along with building local resilience.
She did her undergraduate work at UC Berkeley, majoring in Psychology and graduating Summa Cum Laude. While at Cal (go Bears!) she was a Research Assistant in Daniel Kahneman's lab for over a year. She did her doctoral work at Stanford Graduate School of Business (fear the tree!) where her focus was Organizational Behavior and Strategy. Her dissertation focused on why managers don't empower their teams, even when they say they do. Her published articles include: Bounded Emotionality at the Body Shop - chapter in Emotions In Organizations; An alternative to bureaucratic impersonality and emotional labor: bounded emotionality at The Body Shop - Administrative Science Quarterly; Faith in supervision and the self-enhancement bias: Two psychological reasons why managers don't empower workers. - Basic and Applied Social Psychology; The Gendered Implications of Apparently Gender-Neutral Organizational Theory: Re-Reading Weber - Journal of Women's Business Ethics.
And yes, having both Cal and Stanford as alma matters allows her to attend any party in the Bay Area on Big Game day.
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.
Essy Stone (she/they) is a poet and activist. Her first book, What It Done to Us, was awarded the Idaho Prize in Poetry and published by Lost Horse Press in 2017. She has received a Wallace Stegner Fellowship at Stanford University, holds an MFA from the University of Miami, and is currently a Wallis Annenberg Fellow and PhD candidate in poetry and literature at USC, where she studies queer women poets of the US Left. Her work has been published in The New Yorker, Jewish Currents, and other literary magazines.
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