Brian Schmidt
for Santa Clara Valley Water District Board
for Santa Clara Valley
District Water Board

About Brian

Brian Schmidt is the Vice-Chair of the Santa Clara County Water District Board and Director of District 7 for the County, representing (from north to south) Palo Alto, Mountain View, Los Altos Hills, Los Alto, Monte Sereno, Los Gatos, South Almaden Valley in San Jose, and unincorporated parts of the County up to Skyline Drive. His immediate past work was as the Santa Clara County Advocate and spokesperson for Committee for Green Foothills, an organization that has worked for nearly 50 years to protect the open spaces and natural resources in Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties.  Many of these environmental issues involve protecting our water, water supplies, and the Bay.

Brian has been involved in Santa Clara County Civic matters for 11 years. His past and ongoing experience managing governmental issues and shaping policy in our area include:
          • Chair and Vice Chair of the Water District's Environmental Advisory Committee
          • Member of the Water District's Performance Audit Committee
          • Chair and Vice-Chair of the County Fish and Game Commission
          • Member of the County Williamson Act Advisory Committee (preserving agriculture)
          • Community Resource Group (monitoring Stanford University's environmental compliance)
          • County Habitat Plan Stakeholder Group (preserving endangered species habitat)
          • Lecturer at Santa Clara University and a guest-lecturer at DeAnza Community College
Brian's other past work was at Earthjustice (formerly called Sierra Club Legal Defense Fund) at the Environmental Law Clinic jointly run at Stanford Law School.  Brian also worked at the private law firm Shute, Mihaly, & Weinberger LLP representing non-profits and government agencies on environmental issues throughout California.  Before law school, Brian's career included starting a business, work at Denali National Park in Alaska, and volunteer health work in Southeast Asia. 

Brian has lived in the area since 1996 when he entered Stanford Law School. He graduated as a J.D. "with distinction" in 1999. Brian's undergraduate degree is from Georgetown University, where he graduated in 1989 magna cum laude and as a National Merit Scholar.

Brian has published on water issues for academics, practicing experts, and the general public. Publications include:


Brian is married and lives in Mountain View. He is an avid rock climber and can often be found climbing or hiking in the open spaces he helps protect on a daily basis. He has one niece and five nephews - the youngest - pictured on the right - encourages you to vote for his Uncle Brian.
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