Board of Directors



Directors of the San Gabriel Valley Municipal Water District are elected during state general elections and serve four-year terms. Candidates report their campaign income and expenses to the state Fair Political Practices Commission that monitors the elections. The finances of the district are subject to regular independent audit and are freely monitored by the media and other elected officials.

The Board is entrusted with providing overall policy and financial oversight and guidance to the Water District’s operations. The Board meets regularly, normally on the second Monday of each month at 8 a.m. at the District’s headquarters. The public is welcome to attend meetings and may confirm meeting dates, times and agenda by visiting the website's calendar.

Division III - Monterey Park

Thomas Wong
President, Board of Directors

Thomas Wong was elected in November 2012 to the Board of Directors of the San Gabriel Valley Municipal Water District, Division 3, representing the City of Monterey Park, and named President of the District in December 2015.

At the District, Thomas is leading efforts to ensure a clean, sustainable and affordable water supply for generations to come, and has championed efforts to better engage the community on pressing issues, including the state's ongoing drought.

Thomas previously served as a member and chair of the Monterey Park Environmental Commission, where he championed efforts to help families and businesses save money and live healthier. He has worked tirelessly to raise awareness about local environmental and quality of life issues to spur community and individual action.

Thomas received his Bachelor's degree in Economics with a minor in Geography/Environmental Studies from UCLA and his Master of Public Administration degree from USC.

Division I - Alhambra

Mark R. Paulson 
Vice President

PERSONAL: Mark was born, raised and lives in Alhambra. He graduated from Fremont Elementary School, Alhambra High School and Rio Hondo Junior College. He's been married to Susan for 28 years, and she is a teacher at Granada Elementary School. They have two sons, Christopher, who is a graduate of Alhambra High School and Boston University, and is now attending Pepperdine University; and Timothy, a senior at Alhambra High School.

PROFESSIONAL: Mark is a senior Sales Associate with Anthony Venti Realtors.


  • Past President of East Alhambra Little League
  • Past President of Alhambra Downtown Business District
  • Founding President of the Alhambra Tournament of Roses Association
  • Past President of the Alhambra Chamber of Commerce
  • Past President of the Alhambra Parks & Recreation Commission
  • Past President of the Alhambra Planning Commission
  • Founding Past President of the Alhambra Educational Foundation
  • Past President of the Rotary Club of Alhambra
  • Past President of the Independent Cities Association
  • Governing Board Member of Alhambra Hospital Medical Center
  • Pasadena Tournament of Roses


  • Elected to the Alhambra City Council in 1994, re-elected in 1998 and 2002. Served four terms as Mayor. Termed out of office December 1, 2006.
  • Elected to the San Gabriel Valley Municipal Water District as a Director on January 8, 2007.


  • Recipient of the Alhambra Chamber of Commerce Distinguished Citizen Award for 2002
  • Recipient of the Alhambra High School PTA Honorary Service Award - 2007
  • Recipient of the Service To Education Award by the Alhambra Educational Foundation 2007

Division II - Alhambra / Monterey Park

Steven Placido 

Dr. Steven Placido was elected to the San Gabriel Valley Municipal Water District Board of Directors in November 2016 and sworn in at the December 2016 Board Meeting to represent Division II - Alhambra/Monterey Park. Steve is very well-known in Alhambra, Monterey Park and throughout the San Gabriel Valley as a former Mayor and Councilmember in the City of Alhambra, as well as for decades of civic and community involvement. Steve was honored to have many current Alhambra city department heads attend his swearing in ceremony.

Steve has been a dentist with a private practice in Alhambra since 1990. He was raised in Alhambra, attending Garfield Elementary School and Alhambra High School, and earned his Eagle Scout Award in 1976. Steve earned a B.A. degree from the University of Southern California, a Doctorate from New York University College of Dentistry, and completed a General Practice Residency at the Catholic Medical Center in New York City. Steve, his wife, Lorretta, and their two daughters, live in Alhambra.

Steve was elected to the Alhambra City Council in 2004 and re-elected in 2008 and 2012, serving four terms as mayor of Alhambra. His community leadership and involvement encompassed organizations such as the Rotary Club of Alhambra, the Alhambra Education Foundation and the American Heart Association of Alhambra.

Division IV - Sierra Madre 

Miles Prince 

Miles Prince was born and raised in the San Gabriel Valley, attending local public schools. Miles is excited to represent his neighbors in Sierra Madre at the District. 

Miles is currently a civil litigation attorney in Los Angeles. Prior to his current practice, Miles held positions in the White House and U.S. Department of Justice during the Obama Administration and worked for a federal judge in Sacramento. Before law school, Miles taught math at a public high school in South Central Los Angeles. 

Miles received his Juris Doctor degree from UC Davis School of Law, and Bachelor and Master degrees from UCLA. He lives in Sierra Madre with his husband, Kenny, and their son, Holden.

Division V - Azusa

Raul Romero

Raul Romero represents Division V, the City of Azusa. He was elected in November 2010 and began serving on the Board of Directors in January 2011. Mr. Romero has a keen interest in water issues and is eager to engage the community on this important resource.

Mr. Romero has worked as a Union Representative/Organizer for more than twenty five years for four different unions: Service Employees International Union, American Federation of Government Employees, United Auto Workers and United Domestic Workers of America. He also served in the First Infantry Division in Vietnam from 1967-1968.

A long time resident of Azusa, Mr. Romero is active in many civic and community organizations throughout the San Gabriel Valley and the State of California. He is currently board member of the San Gabriel Valley Civic Alliance, State Vice President for the Labor Council for Latin American Advancement, delegate of the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor AFL-CIO, member of the California Congress of Seniors, regional organizer for the American Association of Retired People, member of the California Alliance of Retired Americans and member of multiple Democratic Party clubs in the San Gabriel Valley. Mr. Romero is a former board member of both Nosotros and Hispanic Americans for Fairness in the Media.

Mr. Romero has been married to his wife, Rachel Romero, for more than forty years and they have three children and six grandchildren.