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Valley Water Board of Directors select Rick Callender as incoming Chief Executive Officer

May 28, 2020
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Valley Water Board of Directors named Rick Callender as their incoming chief executive officer, to succeed Norma Camacho.

"Congratulations to Mr. Callender," said Nai Hsueh, Chair of the Valley Water Board of Directors. "There are many challenges ahead, and the board will work together with the new CEO to produce positive outcomes for the community.”

This selection is followed by Camacho’s notice last November to the Board of Directors of her planned retirement. Camacho’s last day at Valley Water will be July 10, 2020. Callender, who has worked for Valley Water since 1996, is currently serving as the agency's Chief of External Affairs. His role as chief executive officer will take into effect on July 11, 2020.

“Rick is the right person to be at the helm to continue to navigate us out of the COVID pandemic and play a key role in leading us to full economic recovery as a region,” said Norma Camacho, CEO.

“I am grateful for the opportunity to work with each member of the Board of Directors and our employees to jointly lead this great organization,” Callender said. “The large show of support from family, friends, mentors, mentees and our employees was truly humbling. I will continue to need all their support, good vibes and prayers when I take the helm in July. What we do for Silicon Valley is vital, and I am looking forward to working with the Board and our employees to help lead this great organization to be even better.”


Valley Water manages an integrated water resources system that includes the supply of clean, safe water, flood protection and stewardship of streams on behalf of Santa Clara County's 2 million residents. The district effectively manages 10 dams and surface water reservoirs, three water treatment plants, an advanced recycled water purification center, a state-of-the-art water quality laboratory, nearly 400 acres of groundwater recharge ponds and more than 275 miles of streams. We provide wholesale water and groundwater management services to local municipalities and private water retailers who deliver drinking water directly to homes and businesses in Santa Clara County.