Interim Executive Director
Mike Bell is the acting executive director of the California Municipal Utilities Association while the organization conducts a nationwide search for its new executive director. Mike brings over 35 years of senior managerial and technical experience to CMUA in the utility industry including 20 years in executive management positions for electric power, water and telecommunications industries. In addition, Mike managed the engineering, design and management consulting services for a nationally recognized consulting engineering company serving the electric, water, wastewater and solid waste industries in California. In 2005, Mike formed Michael Bell Management Consulting, Inc. which provides a wide variety of specialized financial and management services to publicly-owned and local government agencies.
Director for Water
Danielle Blacet joined CMUA in November 2014 as Director for Water and represents CMUA’s water member agencies before the legislature and regulatory agencies on a multitude of issues including drinking water, drought, water conservation/water use-efficiency and the water-energy nexus. She has nearly 15 years of experience working with California public water agencies and in multi-member associations including the Association of California Water Agencies and Western Growers Association. While at Western Growers she helped establish and then manage an extremely successful multi-state charitable foundation program providing grants and other materials for water-efficient gardens in K-12 educational institutions. Danielle also has worked in political consulting and public affairs for both statewide and national clients. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in International Relations and Political Science from the University of California at Davis and a Certificate of Achievement in Computer Information Science from American River College.
Director for Energy
Gil joined CMUA in 2012 as the Director for Energy. He is responsible for a wide range of energy-related legislation including policies that affect greenhouse gas emissions, cap and trade policies, and electric vehicles. Prior to joining CMUA, Gil worked for former State Senator Christine Kehoe (San Diego) and was a consultant on the Senate Energy, Utilities and Commerce Committee as well as chief consultant for the Senate Select Committee on Alternative Energy Strategies, a committee that focused on issues pertaining to alternative fueled vehicles and the implementation of AB 32, the Global Warming Solutions Act.
Event and Membership Manager
As the event and membership manager, Christine oversees the planning, organization and execution of the association’s conferences, workshops and meetings, and directs the implementation of the membership recruitment and retention objectives, procedures and strategies related to meetings and membership.
Christine joined CMUA in 2016 with over 20 years of experience in operations management for non-profits, associations and Joint Powers Authorities representing public water agencies (ACWA), public healthcare districts (ACHD) and workers’ compensation self-funded pools/JPA’s (ALPHA Fund). She possesses a strong background in developing and implementing program strategies focused on member recruitment/retention, business development, partnership/sponsorship fulfillment programs, and continuing education programming. Christine has served as designer and manager for a wide range of public and private sector events, conferences and industry trade shows. She is a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America with a Bachelor’s Degree in both Culinary Arts Management and Culinary Science and received her Certified Meeting Professional (CMP) designation through the Convention Industry Council. In her spare time, she does graphic and web design for community-based non-profits and teaches mixed-media art.
Teresa joined CMUA in 2016 with over 25 years of experience in both the public and private sector in the field of administration. Most recently, she served as the office manager for Health Care Investment Visions, a healthcare venture governance and funding firm. Her experience and work spans the fields of healthcare, finance and educational sectors, and charitable organizations. Teresa possesses a strong background in strategic planning, human resources, financial administration, member management, procurement, procedural systems design and other responsibilities that directly impact organizational productivity and financial health.