Leadership

A five-member Board of Directors provides policy and financial oversight and guidance to the District’s operations and oversees a professional management group responsible for District operations.

Directors, who serve four-year terms, are elected during state general elections. Candidates report their campaign income and expenses to the state Fair Political Practices Commission. The finances of the District are subject to regular, independent audit and may be freely monitored by the media and the public.

The Board meets on the second Monday of each month at 8 a.m. at the District’s headquarters in Azusa. The public is welcome to attend meetings and may confirm meeting dates, times and the agenda by visiting our website calendar.

Board of Directors

DIVISION III – MONTEREY PARK

Thomas Wong

President

Administration and Finance Committee
External Affairs Committee

Thomas Wong was elected to the Board in 2012 and re-elected in 2016 and 2020. He represents the City of Monterey Park and has served as President of the Board since December 2015.

At the District, President Wong is leading efforts to ensure a clean, sustainable and affordable water supply for generations to come, and has championed efforts to better engage the community on water issues.

He also serves on the boards of Climate Resolve and Nature for All and works as a Public Affairs Manager for Southern California Edison. President Wong holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics with a minor in Geography/Environmental Studies from UCLA and a Master of Public Administration from USC.

DIVISION I – ALHAMBRA

Mark R. Paulson

Vice President

Engineering and Operations Committee

Mark Paulson was elected to the Board in 2002 and is its longest-serving member. He is a Senior Sales Associate with Anthony Venti Realtors and also serves on the Board of the San Gabriel Valley Water Quality Authority.

Vice President Paulson served as Mayor and Councilman in the City of Alhambra before terming out of office in 2006. He has served as president of numerous community organizations in Alhambra, including the Chamber of Commerce, Parks and Recreation Commission, Rotary Club and Downtown Business District.

Vice President Paulson represents Alhambra, where he was born and raised. He is a graduate of Alhambra High School and Rio Hondo College in Whitter. He has been married to his wife Susan, a local elementary school teacher, for over 30 years; they have two sons, Christopher and Timothy.

DIVISION II – ALHAMBRA/MONTEREY PARK

Steven Placido

Secretary

Engineering and Operations Committee

Dr. Steven Placido was elected to the Board in November 2016 and re-elected in 2020.

Dr. Placido is well-known in the San Gabriel Valley as a former Mayor and Councilman in the City of Alhambra, and for his decades of civic and community involvement in organizations such as the Rotary Club of Alhambra, the Alhambra Education Foundation and the American Heart Association of Alhambra.

Dr. Placido has been a dentist with a private practice in Alhambra since 1990. He was raised in Alhambra, attending Garfield Elementary School and Alhambra High School, and earned his Eagle Scout Award in 1976. He earned a bachelor’s degree from USC and a doctorate from New York University College of Dentistry, and completed a General Practice Residency at the Catholic Medical Center in New York City. Dr. Placido lives with his wife, Lorretta, and their two daughters in Alhambra.

DIVISION IV – SIERRA MADRE

Miles Prince

Treasurer

External Affairs Committee

Miles Prince, who was elected to the Board in 2018, is dedicated to working for a safe, sustainable and affordable water supply for the current and future residents of Sierra Madre. He was born and raised in the San Gabriel Valley, where he attended local public schools.

As a practicing attorney, Director Prince represents small businesses in a variety of civil litigation matters. Prior to his current practice, he held positions in the White House and U.S. Department of Justice during the Obama Administration and worked for a federal judge in Sacramento. Before law school, he taught math at a public high school in South Central Los Angeles. Outside of work, Miles sits on the board of Foster Nation, a non-profit organization aimed at supporting young people transitioning out of the foster care system.

Director Prince received his Juris Doctor degree from the UC Davis School of Law and earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees from UCLA. He lives in Sierra Madre with his husband, Kenny, and their son, Holden.

DIVISION IV – SIERRA MADRE

Bruce Knoles

Member

Administration and Finance Committee

Bruce Knoles was elected to the Board in 2018. He owns a business selling wholesale fasteners, fittings, and tools/supplies to manufacturers, and has worked in construction, retail, and wholesale hardware.

Director Knoles is a former Cultural and Historical Preservation Commissioner for the City of Azusa, a former Sons of the American Legion Commander for Post #180 Canyon City American Legion, and a former officer and member of the Azusa Fraternal Order of Eagles #2810. He belongs to the Azusa Chamber of Commerce and several local charitable organizations.

Director Knoles was born and raised in El Paso, Texas, and attended the University of Texas at El Paso and Austin. Among his fondest childhood memories was visiting Happy Jack’s Fish Farm in Azusa and spending summers in Azusa as a child; he moved to the area in 1977. He is a member of MENSA and lives in Azusa with his life partner, Jeri Bibles-Vogel.

Management

Headquarters

The District employs a professional staff to implement and manage programs to import and distribute replacement water, generate electricity, build relevant partnerships, and educate the community on the need for effective water conservation. 

Darin Kasamoto

General Manager

Darin Kasamoto has been with the District since 1997. He was hired as the Assistant Manager and was appointed to the position of General Manager in 2004. He previously was employed for nine years by the Los Angeles County Department of Public Works as a civil engineer. Darin holds a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from Purdue University in Indiana, and a master’s degree in Civil Engineering from California State University Long Beach. He is a registered Professional Engineer in the State of California.

Ed Hills

Assistant General Manager

Ed Hills has been with the District since 1989. In 2006, Ed was promoted to the position of Supervising System Operator/Inspector from the position of Senior Operator/Inspector. He has been intimately involved in the design, engineering and maintenance of all District infrastructure projects, including the District’s pipeline and hydroelectric facility and the complete replacement of the Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition system (SCADA).

External Affairs

Evelyn Reyes

External Affairs Manager

Evelyn Reyes began her tenure at the District in August 2014. She has 13 years of experience in community and government affairs. Evelyn manages educational and community outreach, government outreach to local, state and federal legislators, and water conservation programs for the District.

Prior to joining the District, Evelyn was a Senior Field Representative for U.S. Representative Grace F. Napolitano (CA-32) serving as a local liaison on water and transportation issues. Evelyn earned a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from University of California, Riverside.