Our Board of Directors
SMUD is owned by its customers, who elect a seven-member Board of Directors. Each director represents a different geographic area or "ward." During their four-year terms, their job is to establish policies and values about how we serve you and to set the long-term direction SMUD will take as we move forward in the 21st Century. We invite you to read our Strategic Directions, which spell out our vision for the future, our role in the community and how we're managed.
The Board of Directors:
- , Ward 1
- , Ward 2, Board Vice President
- , Ward 3
- , Ward 4
- , Ward 5, Board President
- , Ward 6
- , Ward 7
This color map shows our service area, ward boundaries and email addresses for directors.
Director Renée Taylor, Ward 1
Renée Taylor was elected to the SMUD Board of Directors in 2008. She represents Ward 1, which includes Fair Oaks, Citrus Heights, Orangevale and part of Folsom. She was appointed to a vacant seat in 2007. Taylor served as president of the Board in 2011.
Taylor is a near-lifetime resident of Sacramento County. She has an extensive record of community involvement through Forma Communications, her communications consulting firm, and through numerous volunteer and appointed positions. Taylor has worked for public- and private-sector clients in a variety of industries, including energy, transportation and land development. In 1998, she led the formation of the Fulton Avenue Improvement Association and served as its executive director for three years.
Taylor is the president and CEO of the Northern California World Trade Center, which works to connect businesses with local, statewide, and international resources.
Taylor served more than seven years on Sacramento County planning councils. She has served on the boards of the League of Women Voters of Sacramento and the Sacramento Metro Chamber and is currently a member of the SACTO Board of Directors. She has served on the American River Parkway Plan Update Committee and is a member of the Fair Oaks Village Enhancement Committee.
A graduate of Del Campo High School in Fair Oaks, she holds a bachelor's degree in political science from the University of California, Berkeley. She lives in Fair Oaks with her husband and two daughters.
You can email her at Renee.Taylor@smud.org
Board Vice President, Director Nancy Bui-Thompson, Ward 2
SMUD Director Nancy Bui-Thompson was first elected to the SMUD Board of Directors in November 2008 to represent Ward 2, which includes the communities of Folsom, Rancho Cordova, Gold River, Rancho Murieta, Galt, Wilton and a part of Elk Grove. She now serves as vice president of the Board for 2015.
Bui-Thompson is a director at Public Consulting Group and has been a consultant for two of the world's largest and best-known consulting companies. She is a technology and management professional who has worked with state and local government agencies as well as energy and health-care organizations. Bui-Thompson has served as a consultant to executive-level management for many large employers, bringing efficiency and project management to their organizations.
A resident of Rancho Cordova, she worked on the successful campaign for the area to become its own city. She has served as Rancho Cordova's representative to the Sacramento Transportation and Air Quality Collaborative, developing comprehensive long-term strategies for to improve transportation and air quality while maintaining the region's economic viability. For four years she served as the Advisory Board member representing the city of Rancho Cordova on the Sacramento Regional Human Rights/Fair Housing Commission
Bui-Thompson is an active volunteer. She sits on the National Advisory Board for the New Leaders Council, a nonprofit organization that trains and supports the next generation of political leaders and entrepreneurs. She also serves on the Board of Directors for the United Way, California Capital Region. Additionally, she is the founder of Bear HUGS (Hope You Give Someone) which has provided her opportunities to speak to children about child abuse. For over a decade, she has served on the Advisory Board for the UC Davis Chapter of Kappa Alpha Theta. After Hurricane Katrina, she became a certified disaster services volunteer for the SacSierra chapter of the Red Cross.
Bui-Thompson was awarded one of the "40 under 40" honors from the Sacramento Business Journal and is also a New Leaders Council National 40 under 40 award winner. In 2012, the German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF) awarded the prestigious Marshall Memorial Fellowship (MMF) to Bui-Thompson. The GMF is a non-partisan American public policy and grant-making institution dedicated to promoting better understanding and cooperation between North America and Europe on transatlantic and global issues.
Bui-Thompson is a graduate of California Polytechnic State University at San Luis Obispo, with a bachelor of science in economics and management information systems.
E-mail Director Bui-Thompson at Nancy.Bui@smud.org.
Director Gregg Fishman, Ward 3
Gregg Fishman was first elected in 2014 and began serving on the SMUD Board of Directors in January, 2015. He represents Ward 3, covering East Sacramento, much of the Arden-Arcade area, and the Campus Commons, College Glen and Rosemont neighborhoods as well as parts of the Florin and Vineyard Park areas.
In his varied career, Fishman has been a news reporter and anchor at KFBK and KGO Radio; a public information officer at SMUD and the California Independent System Operator (California ISO); and he currently serves as the communications coordinator for the California State Association of Counties.
Fishman is also active in the community, having served on the board of his neighborhood homeowners association, the Arden Park Recreation and Park District Board, and he is an active volunteer with the Sacramento Tree Foundation. He leads a tree-planting program aimed at replacing the old Modesto Ash trees in his neighborhood, resulting in the planting of more than 1,800 news trees since 2001.
He received an award from the MLK 365 organization for helping to make it easier to remove racially restrictive clauses from local property records, and he is a 20-gallon blood donor with the Sacramento Blood Source. He is also a frequent volunteer master of ceremonies for Project Ride in Elk Grove.
Gregg is a graduate of CSU Sacramento with a bachelor's degree in journalism. He and his wife live in Arden Park with two teenaged daughters.
You can e-mail him at email@example.com
Genevieve Shiroma, Ward 4
Genevieve Shiroma was first elected to the SMUD Board of Directors in November 1998. She represents Ward 4, which includes Curtis Park, Land Park, Greenhaven, Pocket, Walnut Grove and part of Elk Grove. She served as president of the Board in 2002, 2006, 2010 and 2014.
Shiroma serves on the Agricultural Labor Relations Board, to which she was first appointed by the governor of California in May 1999. Prior to her appointment, she worked for the California Air Resources Board for more than 20 years. During this time she worked on air quality regulations and programs to identify toxic air contaminants and reduce air pollutants from power plants, consumer products, landfills, hazardous waste disposal, pesticide use, and other industrial sources. She last served as chief of the Air Quality Measures Branch.
A native of Acampo in San Joaquin County, Shiroma is married and lives in Curtis Park. She volunteers in the community and serves on the boards of the United Way California Capital Region, Planned Parenthood Mar Monte, and the Advisory Board for My Sister's House. She is a senior fellow with the American Leadership Forum, Mountain Valley Chapter
Shiroma graduated from the University of California, Davis with a bachelor's degree in material science and engineering.
You can e-mail her at Genevieve.Shiroma@smud.org.
Board President, Director Rob Kerth, Ward 5
Rob Kerth was elected in 2014 to fill a term on the SMUD Board of Directors which will expire at the end of 2016. Kerth was previously elected to the SMUD Board in November 2008 and served a four-year term. He represents Ward 5 which includes midtown, downtown, North Sacramento, Natomas, Rio Linda and Elverta. Kerth is serving as Board President for 2015.
Kerth is a third-generation Sacramentan and former two-term city councilman who got his start in public service as a neighborhood activist for the historic Woodlake district of North Sacramento. While on the Sacramento City Council, he was recognized as a major force for revitalization efforts not only in his district but also in other long-established neighborhoods.
During his time with the City of Sacramento, Kerth also specialized in regional problem-solving. His assignments included the Sacramento Area Council of Governments, Sacramento Regional Transit District and the Sacramento Area Flood Control Agency. Kerth developed notable expertise on infrastructure issues throughout the six-county Sacramento region.
Kerth founded Ice Unlimited, which brought Sacramento and Folsom their original holiday ice rinks. He is also responsible for the design of ice rinks in Sacramento's Arco Arena and at Squaw Valley U.S.A.
A graduate of Stanford University, Kerth holds a master's degree in mechanical engineering, with an emphasis in controls and systems. He and his family still live in Woodlake, less than three blocks from his childhood home.
You can e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Director Dave Tamayo, Ward 6
Dave Tamayo was elected to the SMUD Board in 2014. He represents Ward 6, which includes Meadowview, Oak Park, Parkway, Airport, and Valley Hi Neighborhoods.
Tamayo has lived in the Fruitridge Manor neighborhood of south Sacramento since 1989, where he raised his family and has long been active in community affairs. He has led efforts to establish science programs and gardens in local schools, co-founded his neighborhood association, and successfully advocated for public parks, affordable housing, and urban infill. He led successful efforts to bring a “tot lot” playground to Fruitridge Manor and to adopt the sewer district's infill development ordinance.
Tamayo has served on a number of public boards and commissions, including the South Sacramento Planning Advisory Committee, the Sacramento Parks and Recreation Commission, and the Sacramento-Yolo Mosquito and Vector Control District. He is currently the president of the California Structural Pest Control Board, where he works with industry to support improvements in consumer protection and professional standards. He also has served on the boards of the nonprofit Sacramento Mutual Housing Association, Sacramento County Alliance of Neighborhoods, and the Sacramento Urban Creeks Council.
Tamayo is an environmental scientist for Sacramento County, where he has worked since 1992. He is recognized as a public policy leader in protecting natural resources by effectively influencing state and federal environmental regulations. He wrote the County storm water pollution ordinance, co-founded the region's River Friendly Landscaping Program, and helped create local, statewide, and national integrated pest management programs. Tamayo serves in an advisory capacity to the University of California Integrated Pest Management Program, US EPA Office of Pesticide Programs, California Department of Pesticide Regulation, and the National Pest Management Association. Prior to working for the County, he owned a wholesale seafood business in San Francisco, and was an electrician and a whitewater raft guide.
Tamayo holds a bachelor's degree in zoology from the University of California, Berkeley and a master's degree in entomology and nematology from the University of Florida, Gainesville. In his spare time, he enjoys cycling, canoeing, and whitewater kayaking.
You can e-mail him at email@example.com
Director Bill Slaton, Ward 7
Bill Slaton was first elected to the SMUD Board of Directors in November 2002 to represent Ward 7, which includes North Highlands, Carmichael, Antelope and Foothill Farms. He served as the Board President in 2005 and 2013 and was recently elected Vice President of the Board for 2016.
A Sacramento-area resident since 1974, Slaton lives with his family in Carmichael. He is active in community and religious affairs throughout the region. Slaton is a former chairman of the board of KVIE-Channel 6, Sacramento's public television station and a past member of Point West Rotary. He is also a former president of the Jewish Federation of the Sacramento Region and is a co-founder of the Jewish Community Foundation of the West.
Slaton also serves on the Policy Makers Council (PMC) of the American Public Power Association. APPA is the national trade association for more than 2,000 public power agencies across the U.S. The PMC is comprised of 40 elected officials who govern public power agencies and who advocate in Washington on behalf of their customers. He served as the chair of PMC in 2014.
In 2012, Slaton was appointed by Governor Brown to serve on the California Public Employees Retirement System Board of Administration representing local government agencies. He was re-appointed by the Governor in 2015.
Slaton graduated from the University of Texas with a bachelor's degree in business administration. His professional career focused on arranging financing for public agency information technology projects throughout the western states.
You can e-mail him at Bill.Slaton@smud.org.