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. The public is welcome to attend.

Monday holidays will postpone meetings until Tuesday.


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


Randy Haskell

Vice President

A Valley Center native, Randy is a former US Army Officer, farm manager and is currently a property manager and real estate agent. He has also been active in the California Avocado Commission’s Production Research Commission, Valley Center Ag Booster, and has coached Little League, Pop Warner, Youth Soccer and High School Football.

Election Division: Two
Occupation: Farmer
Since 2001


Enrico Ferro

Director

Enrico is an avocado grower and pest control advisor for area citrus and avocado groves. In addition to his Board duties, he serves as First Vice 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 comes to the District Board of Directors after 12 years on the Valley Center Fire Protection District Board of Directors, and currently serves as Chair of the Valley Center Community Planning Group.

Election Division: Three
Occupation: Electronics Engineer
Since 2018