Meet the Board

Overview

Zone 7 Water Agency is overseen by a seven-member Board of Directors. Our board members are elected by the Tri-Valley community to four-year terms. The board provides strategic guidance and planning for Zone 7’s policies, programs and finances, and represents the public in an open and transparent process.

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Profile

Dennis Gambs

Dennis Gambs

Board Member Since: 2018

Current Term Expires: June 30, 2022

FY 2020-21 Committee Assignments: Water Resources Committee

Background: A Livermore resident, Civil Engineer and former water resources manager at Zone 7.

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Laurene Green

Laurene Green

Board Member Since: 2020

Current Term Expires: June 30, 2024

FY 2020-21 Committee Assignments: Finance Committee

Background: A Pleasanton resident with a B.S. in Geology and an M.S. in Civil Engineering – Water Resources (Stanford). Her career includes working in the environmental and energy fields in the U.S. and abroad.

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Sarah Palmer

Sarah Palmer

Board Member Since: 2006

Current Term Expires: June 30, 2022

FY 2020-21 Committee Assignments: Administrative Committee, Water Resources Committee

Background: A Livermore resident with a Ph. D. in biochemistry, a retired science teacher, has worked in cancer research at UC Berkeley, as well as in the medical diagnostics industry.

She is also active in the Association of California Water Agencies (ACWA).

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Board Committee Assignments

About Board Committees

Each three-member Board Committee reviews matters before making recommendations to the full board. 

  • Administrative CommitteeReviews administrative topics such as major facility needs and safety and security measures; oversees Independent District Study. 

  • Liaison Committee: Discusses topics of mutual interest between Zone 7, the cities and retail water agencies, including rate change issues.

  • Finance Committee: Reviews budgets, proposed financial plans, proposed rate changes and connection charge changes for Zone 7.

  • Water Resources CommitteeAddresses both water and flood protection matters.

Board Committee Assignments

Administrative Committee

FY 2020-21

Reviews administrative topics such as major facility needs and safety and security measures; oversees Independent District Study. 

  • Sarah Palmer
  • Olivia Sanwong
  • Michelle Smith McDonald
Board Committee Assignments

Liaison Committee

FY 2020-21

Discusses topics of mutual interest between Zone 7, the cities and retail water agencies, including rate change issues.

  • Angela Ramirez Holmes
  • Olivia Sanwong
  • Michelle Smith McDonald
Board Committee Assignments

Finance Committee

FY 2020-21

Reviews budgets, proposed financial plans, proposed rate changes and connection charge changes for Zone 7. 

  • Sandy Figuers
  • Laurene Green
  • Angela Ramirez Holmes
Board Committee Assignments

Water Resources Committee

FY 2020-21

Addresses both water and flood protection matters. 

  • Sandy Figuers
  • Dennis Gambs
  • Sarah Palmer
Policies & Principles

Policies & Principles

Compensation and Expense Reimbursement Policy

Board of Directors Compensation and Expense Reimbursement Policy

Guiding Principles for Board Members

Guiding Principles for Board Members

Board Policy on Conducting Business

Board Policy on Conducting Business

Ethics & Anti Harassment Training

California Government Code Section 53235 (AB 1234)

California Government Code Section 53235 (AB 1234) requires ethics training for specified local government officials within one year of assuming office and every two years thereafter. Below are the current training completion and expiration dates for each member of Zone 7’s Board of Directors: 

Board Member

Completion Date 

Expiration Date 

Sands Figuers

March 21, 2019

March 21, 2021

Dennis Gambs

August 24, 2020

August 24, 2022

Laurene Green

September 2, 2020

September 2, 2022

Sarah Palmer

December 5, 2020

December 5, 2022

Angela Ramirez Holmes

August 16, 2019

August 16, 2021

Olivia Sanwong

December 11, 2020

December 11, 2022

Michelle Smith McDonald

January 25, 2021

January 25, 2023

AB 1825 and AB 1661

AB 1825 and AB 1661 makes anti-harassment prevention training mandatory for officials receiving any compensation. This legislation requires employers to ensure that all officials receive at least two hours of anti-harassment prevention training every two years. Below are the current training completion and expiration dates for each member of Zone 7’s Board of Directors:

Board Member

Completion Date 

Expiration Date 

Sands Figuers

April 11, 2019

April 11, 2021

Dennis Gambs

November 20, 2020

November 20, 2022

Laurene Green

August 31, 2020

August 31, 2022

Sarah Palmer

June 8, 2021

June 8, 2023

Angela Ramirez Holmes

June 23, 2021

June 23, 2023

Olivia Sanwong

December 14, 2020

December 14, 2022

Michelle Smith McDonald

November 8, 2019

November 8, 2021

Election Information

Election Information

  • Members of Zone 7 Water Agency’s Board of Directors are elected every two years in March of even-numbered years. The office is non-partisan and the seven directors serve “at-large,” meaning they represent all customers within the District’s boundaries rather than geographic sub-areas. Their four-year terms are staggered, with four terms expiring in one even-numbered year and with the other three terms expiring the following even-numbered year.

  • Four terms will expire in 2022. The election will be held on June 7, 2022. The candidate filing period is set to run from TBD. Once the filing period begins, papers can be picked up at the Alameda County Registrar of Voters Office in Oakland. To be eligible to run for the Zone 7 Board of Directors, you must be 18 years of age, a registered voter and reside within district boundaries.

  • Zone 7 board candidates who wish to have an optional candidate’s statement printed on the ballot will be charged the actual costs associated with printing, translating (Spanish, Chinese, Tagalog, English and Vietnamese) and typesetting the statements. All costs figures are provided by the Registrar of Voters and are based on actual costs and the number of registered votes in Zone 7. The estimated cost for a candidate statement is TBD.

  • There is no charge for candidates who choose not to have a ballot statement.

  • For further information on Election Information, contact:

Alameda County Registrar of Voters
1225 Fallon St., Room G-1
Oakland, CA 94612
(510) 267-8683
www.acgov.org/rov