Brenda Granillo has been with California Water Service for 18 years, She currently serves as District Manager overseeing all operations and customer service activities for the Salinas District as Chief Operator. Brenda holds a water distribution operator Grade IV certification and Water Treatment Operator Grade II certification. Brenda earned her Bachelors of Arts degree from Chapman University. Brenda has been involved with the SVBGSA since initial stakeholder meetings in 2015. She was an Inaugural Board Director from 2017-2019, currently serves as Alternate on the CPUC Regulated Water Company seat.
Norm Groot started in Agriculture by pulling weeds at his Dad’s nursery when he was five. After receiving a degree in Business Accounting at the University of Southern California, he went into the family business as the Treasurer, working for 14 years to expand the business, and then for Monrovia Growers for 17 years. His nursery work experience includes finance, technology, logistics, and production planning. Starting in late 2010, Norm assumed the Executive Director position for Monterey County Farm Bureau. Additional community engagement includes Chair of the Salinas Valley Chamber of Commerce in 2015 and service on their Board of Directors for 6 years. He currently participates on the Monterey Peninsula Chamber of Commerce Government Affairs Committee and the Hartnell College Ag Business & Tech Institute Advisory Committee, the Transportation Agency of Monterey County’s Transportation Safety & Investment Plan Oversight Committee, Monterey Bay Community Power’s Community Advisory Council, and is a member of the Board of Directors of the Monterey Peninsula Taxpayers Association, Monterey County Convention and Visitors Bureau, and served on the Central Coast Community Health Care Board (2015-2018). Norm is married to Marcha, resides in Pacific Grove, and has two married daughters.
Robin comes with a background in geology, residential construction, Archeology, Waste water plant operations, and urban and regional development with emphasis in the community participation and community outreach components of the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permit. (NPDES) Robin has also done extensive bicycling including commuting, courier and touring. She has successfully pushed for inclusion of a bicycling green way to be included in the future growth area of the City of Salinas. As a member of the Parks, Recreation and Libraries Master Plan steering committee, she has pushed for inclusion in the plan for a recreation trail along Alisal Creek from Salinas Airport to Carr Lake, as well as including a recreational path along Santa Rita Creek from Vanburen Avenue to Russell Road. She has also been involved in obtaining state funding for a restoration project on Santa Rita Creek managed by the Central Coast Wetlands Group. Through raising money through CSMC participation in Monterey County Gives!, 6 watershed signs will be installed along highway 101 in Monterey County as a public education project identifying 3 major watersheds. She is a founding member of Sustainable Salinas and is a board member of CSMC.
Robin’s educational background includes BS in Geology with minors in Anthropology and Biology, and a Masters in Regional and Urban Planning.
Before joining Monterey One Water in 2012 as the Recycled Water Program Assistant, Mike worked for almost 20 years in adult education and water resource management in both the private and public sectors. In 2015, Mike became the Government Affairs Administrator for Monterey One Water and in 2019, the Director of External Affairs.
As a big-picture, strategic thinker utilizing a growth-mindset, Mike’s willingness to go back to the drawing board as many times as necessary to achieve a mutually beneficial outcomes is a hallmark of his leadership style. Mike leads by example, displaying integrity when motivating his peers through the encouragement of both ideas and unscripted questions. Understanding the necessity for solutions, Mike’s mindset is to stay calm, something he believes is a powerful contagion.
Mike’s myriad of responsibilities at Monterey One Water focus around business development. If you ask him the key to his position, his answer will center around establishing and fostering relationships with diverse constituent groups. Through these integral relationships, Mike successfully works with elected officials and local, state, and federal regulators to advocate for key legislative policies that will help position the Agency for a strong future. Further advancement of the Agency’s strategic goals and mission includes managing the research and application processes for grant funding opportunities that assist in administrative and capital improvement.
In addition to providing executive analysis and evaluation of governmental affairs, Mike also oversees Monterey One Water’s community outreach and education efforts, stormwater program, and public relations.
Fun Fact: Mike and his family are dedicated to using water resources wisely. They actively monitor their indoor and outdoor water habits, with indoor usage less than 25 gallons per person per day.
Bing Seid is a retired homeowner in San Miguel California. He has lived in California for 23 years. He moved to Monterey County in 2012. He was raised in Memphis, TN. He graduated from the University of Tennessee with a Bachelor of Arts in Zoology. He worked in the IT industry for 30 years, the last 20 years for the Hewlett-Packard Company. His hobbies include: golf, BBQing, fixing things and helping others.
Our family has been growing winegrapes in Monterey County since 1973. Since graduating from UC Davis in 1992 I have worked in the family business and served numerous ag boards. Past president of Farm Bureau, MC Ag Education, Chair of GSA, CAWG, United Way and currently on the MCWRA BOD. Have coached HS Track and Field for 20 years at Palma and ND. I am blessed with my wife of 20 years Jennifer and our kids Kelly, Matt and Justin and 2 grandkids Fay and Hendrix. Enjoy working in our ag community to make things better for the next generation.
I’ve been operating water plants for 25 years and been the General Manager of the Castroville CSD for 20 years. In that time we have gone from serving only water as the Castroville Water District until the community requested we aquire the County Service area 14 and later the Moss Landing County sewer system . this resulted in going through two LAFCO applications that resulted in tripling our service area, adding Sewer Collection from Struve road in Moss Landing to Meridian Rd. north of the High school and adding services such as Street lights, Open space maintenance, Streets and signage in Moro Cojo, Recreational funding, Graffiti abatement and Storm Drainage while only adding one additional Staff member CERTIFICATIONS’SWRCB-Grade IV Wastewater , AWWA Cross Connection Control Specialist; State of Ca. Dept. of Health Services Grade 3 Water Treatment Operator & Grade 3 Water Distribution Operator;AWWA Backfow Provention Tester, American Water Works Association Grade 2 Distribution Operator; Ca. Water Environment Associatiob Grade 2 Collection System & Grade 1 Waste Water Lab technician