Board of Directors

The Board

A five-member Board of Directors, elected from geographic division, governs the District. The Board manages through an appointed general manager and four department heads.

The Board meets on the first and third Mondays of each month at 2:00 P.M. in the Board room at the District offices, 29300 Valley Center Road, Valley Center, California. 

Monday holidays will postpone meetings until Tuesday.


Due to the COVID-19 State of Emergency and pursuant waivers to certain Brown Act provisions under the Governor’s Executive Orders, this Board Meeting is being conducted via Web Conference and Live Stream, and there will be no physical location from which members of the public may participate.


Valley Center MWD Elected Board of Directors


Robert Polito

Board President

Bob Polito is involved in the direct marketing of his Polito Family Farms products all over southern California through local and regional Farmer’s Markets in Orange and Los Angeles counties. Frequently involved in civic matters, he served as President of the Valley Center High School Foundation from 2010 until 2014.

Election Division: One
Occupation: Farmer, Rancher
Since 1989


Enrico Ferro

Vice President

Enrico is an avocado grower and pest control advisor for area citrus and avocado groves. In addition to his Board duties, he serves as President on the San Diego County Farm Bureau, is a member of the California State Farm Bureau Water Committee and the Agricultural Committee of the Association of California Water Agencies, a statewide water association. Enrico is a 1996 graduate of UC Riverside and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology.

Election Division: Four
Occupation: Farmer
Since 2016


Daniel Holtz

Director

A Valley Center native, Daniel grew up on his family’s Avocado Ranch, attending local schools. A graduate of California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, he earned a degree in BioResource and Agricultural Engineering. Employed with the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in Escondido since 2010, he assists landowners throughout SD County in improving irrigation efficiency and reducing soil erosion. He is a Licensed Civil Engineer and Certified Conservation Planner.

Election Division: Five
Occupation: Agricultural Engineer
Since 2018


Oliver Smith

Director

A resident of Valley Center since 1979, Oliver Smith is an electronics engineer with a national firm developing and manufacturing medical equipment. He came to the District Board of Directors after serving 12 years on the Valley Center Fire Protection District Board of Directors and 12 years as Chairman of the Valley Center Community Planning Group.

Election Division: Three
Occupation: Electronics Engineer
Since 2018


Michael Babineau

Director

A resident of Valley Center since 2004, Michael E. Babineau is a Horticulturist. He came to the District Board of Directors after serving 2 years on the San Diego Irrigated Lands Group Board of Directors (amongst other Boards and Commissions). Michael is a graduate of California State Polytechnic University with a B.S. in Ornamental Horticulture.

Election Division: Two
Occupation: Horticulturist
Since 2021


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