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Director Gary Kremen - Biography

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Gary Kremen is an engineer with more than 30 years experience starting and mentoring companies that change people’s lives. He invented online dating, starting Match.Com where he was indirectly responsible for over 1,000,000 babies. He founded Clean Power Finance, a leading provider of solar energy to residences, backed by Duke Energy, Florida Power and Light, Southern California Edison, Kleiner Perkins, Google Ventures, Claremont Creek Ventures and Gary Kremen himself.  Founded Pace Avenue bringing energy efficiency and solar to low and medium (LMI) households. 

Gary was the incubator, founding investor, and Chairman of the county's leading water conservation company, WaterSmart Software. WaterSmart produces the Home Water Report, inserted into the bills in the City of Palo Alto, parts of Mountain View and more than 30 other cities. The Home Water Report helps water users save an average of 5% of their water usage by giving personal, easy-to-follow recommendations. The company has saved over 1 billion gallons of water to date.

Coming from a background as an engineer and advisor to several startup solar, water, energy management and general sustainability firms, Gary recognizes that clean technology innovation can be used to tackle issues affecting the district, such as drought and water management.

Education and sustainability are Gary’s dedicated passions. He teaches a graduate level course at Northwestern University on energy policy, is a member of the Foundation Board of University of California at Merced, and is an advisor, grant proposal evaluator, and judge at Stanford's TomKat Center for Sustainable Energy. He is also a long-time volunteer, judge and mentor at the leading water non-profit, Imagine H2O.

In addition to being elected as the 2015 Chair of the Board of Directors of the Santa Clara Valley Water District, Gary has also served as President of the Board of Directors of Purissima Hill Water District and as the Secretary of the Water Conservation Committee for Los Altos Hills. He is a member of the Proposition 39, California Clean Energy Jobs Act Citizen's Oversight Board, appointed by California State Controller John Chiang.

Director Kremen may be contacted by e-mail at: [email protected]

Correspondence to the Santa Clara Valley Water District Board Members may be sent via e-mail to: [email protected].