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Executive Management

Norma CamachoNorma Camacho, Interim Chief Executive Officer 
Norma J. Camacho was appointed Interim Chief Executive Officer on March 8, 2016. Previously, she was the district's Chief Operating Officer for Watersheds Operations. She joined the district in March 2012. Ms. Camacho has more than 25 years of long-range planning, program development, finance, and capital projects experience. Most recently she was the director of the Ventura County Watershed Protection District, directing day-to-day operations of a 142-person organization with a budget of $59 million. Prior to that position she served in the Ventura County Executive Office as deputy executive director of finance and budgets.

Ms. Camacho holds a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering (structural) from Stanford University. She is a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers and the American Public Works Association, and currently serves as vice-chair of the County Engineers Association of California Flood Control Committee.

Stan YamamotoStan Yamamoto, District Counsel 
Stan Yamamoto began his service as District Counsel on Feb. 1, 2010. Mr. Yamamoto is a graduate of San Jose State University and earned his law degree at the University of Santa Clara School of Law. His experience in the public sector encompasses more than 29 years including having served as the City Attorney for the cities of Redwood City, Riverside, and Modesto, California.

He was a recipient of a National Urban Fellowship and received recognition as Management Leader of the Year (Public Sector) by the A. Gary Anderson Graduate School of Management, University of California, Riverside.

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Michele KingMichele L. King, CMC, Clerk of the Board  
Michele King was appointed Clerk of the Board on Jan. 12, 2010. As a Board Appointed Officer, she answers directly to the Board of Directors and supervises a staff of 10. Ms. King has been with the district since 2004 and has had over 12 years experience in providing support to elected officials of special districts. As a Certified Municipal Clerk and a member of the Northern California Clerks Association and the International Institute of Municipal Clerks, she brings years of experience and training to her job of assisting Board members and the public.

As Clerk, her priorities are ensuring that the public has access to the board’s information and records as well as supporting board members so they can do the jobs they were elected to do. Ms. King is an expert in state regulatory requirements, such as the Ralph M. Brown Act, which ensures through posting and archiving of records that the public has equal access to the information of the district’s elected officials. While overseeing her staff, she also makes sure the district complies with regulations and deadlines for board and committee meetings, agenda publications, frequent Groundwater Production Charge Protests, directors’ schedules and travel plans, Lobbyist Ordinance compliance, public record requests, directors’ expenses, and the Board of Directors, Board Advisory and Ad Hoc Committee, and Clerk of the Board annual budgets. 

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Jim FiedlerJim Fiedler, Chief Operating Officer: Water Utility Enterprise
Jim Fiedler is the Chief Operating Officer for the Santa Clara Valley Water District’s Water Utility Enterprise. He is responsible for leading Santa Clara’s water supply program consisting of: water importation, surface reservoir operations and storage, groundwater management, raw and treated water delivery, drinking water treatment, water recycling and purification, and water conservation programs.

A member of the water district staff since 1982 he has over 35 years of leadership and engineering experience in the area of water supply, flood protection and watershed stewardship. His management and technical experience includes regional water supply, flood and environmental planning, design, construction, operations and maintenance of water supply and flood protection infrastructure.

In addition, Jim serves as the Chair of the San Francisco Estuary Institute (SFEI) Board of Directors; Board Member of the WateReuse Association: Member on the State Advisory Group for Direct Potable Reuse in California; Past President of National Association of Flood and Storm Management Agencies (NAFSMA) and past Board member of the San Francisco Bay Planning Coalition.

Jim is a registered civil engineer in California. He is a graduate of Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles with a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering, and graduate of Stanford University with a Master's degree in Civil Engineering.

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Susan StantonSusan Stanton, Chief Operating Officer: Administration
Susan Stanton was appointed Chief Operating Officer of Administrative Services for the Santa Clara Valley Water District on Jan. 30, 2017. Prior to her appointment to the District, she has served as City Manager in communities in California, Florida, Kentucky, Illinois, Alaska, and New York. Susan holds a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the University of Florida, is a graduate of Harvard University’s Senior Executive in State and Local Government at the John F. Kennedy School of Government and the University of Oklahoma’s Economic Development Institute and is a credentialed professional city manager by the International City and County Managers Association.

As the Chief Operating Officer of Administrative Services, Susan is responsible and accountable for the planning, management, performance and improvement of the District’s major administrative divisions and functions. The COO-AS serves as a key member of the executive leadership team and represents the CEO and the District in interactions with employees, the public, and other agencies and organizations.

Melanie Richardson, Chief Operating Officer: Watersheds (Interim)