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Rosanna Herber elected SMUD Board President, Gregg Fishman elected SMUD Board Vice President

The Board of Directors for California public power utility SMUD recently elected Rosanna Herber as President of the Board and Gregg Fishman as Vice President of the Board.

Both positions are effective January 1, 2024 through December 31, 2024.

Herber was first elected to the SMUD Board of Directors in 2018 and represents Ward 4, which includes Curtis Park, Land Park, Greenhaven, Pocket, Walnut Grove and parts of Elk Grove. She is the first openly LGBTQ person to serve on the SMUD Board, SMUD noted.

Once elected to the SMUD Board, she was part of the Climate Change Ad Hoc Committee that wrote the Climate Emergency Declaration eventually leading to the adoption of SMUD’s 2030 Zero Carbon Plan.

She has dedicated 20 years of her career working at SMUD in varying capacities.

She also served as the Director of Public Power Strategy for the California Municipal Utilities Association where she published the “Handbook on Public Power Options” for cities and counties.

She previously served as Chief of Staff to Sacramento Councilwoman Kimberly Mueller, where she developed the “Trees for Tomorrow” campaign that supported the early growth of the Sacramento Tree Foundation.

Fishman was first elected to the SMUD Board of Directors in January 2015 and represents Ward 3, which includes East Sacramento, much of the Arden-Arcade area, and the Campus Commons, College Glen, and Rosemont neighborhoods, as well as parts of Carmichael, Florin, Fruitridge and Vintage Park.

SMUD noted that Fishman has been a clean energy advocate for much of his career. As a former SMUD employee he promoted wind and solar energy when they were in their infancy.

At the California Independent System Operator, he led public engagement efforts supporting new wind energy farms in California.

As President of the SMUD Board in 2018, he led the utility in passing its Integrated Resource Plan, hailed by the California Energy Commission as “... an ambitious road map for lowering greenhouse gas emissions in the Sacramento region.”

He previously worked as a public information officer at SMUD and the California Independent System Operator and communications coordinator for the California State Association of Counties.

He currently works at Sacramento Regional Transit as the Senior Community Relations Officer.

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