Board of Directors
Ms. Holloway has served as a director since 1998. She is currently retired, and was a partner at Navigant Consulting, Inc., a provider of financial and strategic consulting services to Fortune 500 companies, governments and governmental agencies from 1999 to 2000. She served as President of Resolution Credit Services Corp., a subsidiary of Xerox Financial Services, from 1992 to 1999 where she was responsible for, among other things, the successful resolution of financial guarantees on troubled tax-exempt bonds, the restructuring of debt and negotiation with the Resolution Trust Corporation. She also served as Chief Operating Officer of International Insurance Company, another company in the Resolution Group, where she was responsible for operations, human resources and technology. Prior to joining the Resolution Group, Ms. Holloway held various management positions with Shawmut National Corporation, a financial services company.
She currently serves on the board and the finance and audit committee of the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research. She served as the chair of the Board of Trustees of Sacred Heart Schools in Atherton, California from 2008 to 2012. After she completed her chair role, she continued to support the school on the site management and development committees until 2013. Until 2018, she had served as co-chair for the nominating and governance committee for City Year San Jose/Silicon Valley, a national organization that works with AmeriCorps volunteers to reduce dropout rates and improve high school proficiency locally in San Jose, California.
She holds a BA degree from Newton College of the Sacred Heart and an MBA from Boston University. She has completed the Harvard Business School Executive Management program. In December 2018, she completed the Distinguished Careers Institute at Stanford University.
Anne Holloway is an ex-officio member of all committees with no voting rights.
Dr. Bontá has served as a director since 2007. She has been the President and Chief Executive Officer of The Bontá Group since June 2013. The Bontá Group provides consulting services in the healthcare area. Previously, Dr. Bontá served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of The California Wellness Foundation, a private independent foundation with a mission to improve the health of people in California. She has also served as the Vice President of Public Affairs of the Kaiser Foundation Health Plan and Hospitals, Southern California Region, where she was responsible for setting the Region’s public policy agenda and providing leadership and oversight of public affairs programs and support for Kaiser Permanente’s external communications and reputation management. Dr. Bontá also served as the first Latina director of the California Department of Health Services. Prior to serving as director of the California Department of Health Services, Dr. Bontá served as director of the Department of Health and Human Services of the City of Long Beach, California.
She has been a trustee of the Annie E. Casey Foundation since 2008. She is also a board member of the New Hope Medical Foundation, and has been a member of the board of directors and of the foundation board of trustees at Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles since 2019. Previously, Dr. Bontá was a board member at the Archstone Foundation from 2009-2021 and had served as the chair of its board of directors and audit committee.
She has served as a commissioner of the City of Los Angeles Board of Fire Commissioners as an appointee of Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, and as a director/trustee of the Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science. She served as a director/trustee on the Department of Health and Human Services Minority Health Committee, as an appointee of both California Governors Gray Davis and Arnold Schwarzenegger to the Board of Trustees of the Health Professions Education Foundation.
Dr. Bontá holds doctorate and master’s degrees in public health from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). She has held an appointment as an adjunct professor at UCLA’s School of Public Health since 1999 and is a registered nurse.
Mr. Davis has been a member of the board since May 2021. He has over 37 years’ experience in the public utility industry. He most recently served as Corporate Group President, Utilities, of Sempra Energy from January 2017 until March 2018. As Corporate Group President he was responsible for the operations of San Diego Gas & Electric Company (SDG&E), Southern California Gas Company (SoCal Gas) and electric utilities in Chile and Peru. Prior to serving as Corporate Group President, he served as Executive Vice President, External Affairs and Corporate Strategy of Sempra Energy from September 2015 until December 2016. He was President and Chief Operating Officer of SDG&E from 2014 until September 2015 and has also served in various other executive positions at Sempra Energy, SDG&E and SoCal Gas, including serving as Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and External Relations at SDG&E and SoCal Gas, and in other executive positions with responsibilities in the areas of investor and community relations, customer service and distribution operations.
Since 2019, Mr. Davis has been a director of Williams Industrial Services Group, Inc. He previously served as a director of SoCal Gas from November 2015 until March 2018 and as a director of SDG&E from 2011 until March 2018.
Mr. Davis has served on a number of non-profit boards of directors, including the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and Edison Electric Institute from 2015-2018 and the California Chamber of Commerce from 2012-2016. He also served on the Board of Trustees of the Campanile Foundation from 2008-2014.
Mr. Davis graduated from San Diego State University with a Bachelors of Business Administration (Accounting).
Mr. Eichelberger joined the board of directors on February 8, 2023. He had a distinguished career in public accounting, retiring as an Audit Partner at Deloitte & Touche LLP in May 2022. He worked with complex companies, with a primary focus on serving large utility holding companies with rate-regulated subsidiaries in the electric, gas, and water industries. He also served large non-regulated utility affiliates with significant investments in wind and solar projects. Prior to 2002 when he began his career at Deloitte, he was at Arthur Andersen LLP. He is a Certified Public Accountant in Florida and Georgia, a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and Georgia Society of Certified Public Accountants.
He is on the Board of Food for Thought Outreach, a local non-profit organization in Santa Rosa Beach, Florida, and was active in the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program in Atlanta for many years. He is a former member of the Board of Directors of the Ashford Dunwoody YMCA.
He received a Master of Science in Management from Georgia Institute of Technology and Bachelor of Science from the University of Notre Dame.
Mr. Ervin joined the board of directors on May 23, 2023. He has over 35 years of experience leading public and private sector organizations including serving in various director roles. Most recently, he retired after serving as President and Chief Executive Officer of Blumont, Inc. from 2014 to 2020. Blumont provides global engineering and management support services for the US Government, UK Government and the United Nations in more than 20 countries. Prior to serving at Blumont, he was a member of the leadership team at LMI Consulting, a 50+ year old US government contractor that provides operational and infrastructure support to the US Department of Defense, Department of State and US intelligence agencies.
Mr. Ervin served as the Secretary of Revenue for the State of Wisconsin from 2007-2011 during which time he led the restructuring of agency operations, a rewrite of the state’s tax code and positioned the agency for the digital age. He has had additional government experience, including serving in US Department of State, US Department of Commerce and The African Development Bank.
Currently, he serves as a Principal Partner of a small consulting firm, Rosewood Global Advisors, and as an Adjunct Professor at the Robert M. LaFollette School of Public Policy at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He served previously as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Wisconsin School of Business instructing students on the principles of Strategic Management.
Since 2020, he has been a director and member of the audit committee of Ascendium Education Group, a non-profit and for-profit student loan corporation. He is also a member of the Board of Visitors at the LaFollette School of Public Policy and has served on the audit and finance committees of several other not for profits since 1995.
He has an MBA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a Bachelor of Science degree from Tulane University.
Mr. Fielder was appointed by the board as a director in 2013. He has over 40 years of experience in the public utility industry. Prior to his retirement, he was President of Southern California Edison Company from October 2005 until his retirement on December 31, 2010. As President, he was responsible for operations support, customer service, information technology, environmental affairs, state regulatory and public affairs and employee relations. Prior to his position as President, Mr. Fielder held various leadership positions at Southern California Edison Company, including Senior Vice President of Regulatory Affairs for 14 years and Vice President of Information Services.
He has served on a number of not-for-profit boards during his career. He currently serves as the chairman of the Long Beach Memorial Medical Center/Hospital governing board, and previously served on the hospital’s foundation board and investment committee. Since 2006, he has also served as a member of the board of the Rancho Los Cerritos Foundation, which supports a historic property and museum in Long Beach, California, and has served on the finance committee of the Foundation since 2012. He also served a two-year term as chair of the board of the Long Beach Aquarium of the Pacific in 2011 and 2012 and a term as the chair of the audit committee of the Aquarium in 2013 and 2014. In addition, he has served on the board development committee of Long Beach BLAST, a program to connect college students with youth facing adversity. He has also served on various industry association boards during his career.
He has a BA degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara, an MBA from the University of California, Los Angeles, and a law degree from Pepperdine School of Law.
Ms. Hopkins became a director in May 2019. She has over 33 years of progressive experience in engineering and management with an emphasis on infrastructure, water, environmental, defense, security and intelligence markets, including serving the U.S. government. She has served in several leadership positions at Arcadis NV, a global design, engineering and consulting company based in the Netherlands, since 2016. She is currently the Chief Growth Officer and a member of the Arcadis Executive Leadership Team and is responsible globally for Strategy, Sales and Business Development and Marketing and Communications. From 2012 until 2016, she was a Group President of Parsons Corporation, an international engineering, construction, technical and management services firm whose customers include the U.S. government. As Group President, she was responsible for worldwide operations of the Federal Unit of Parsons serving the primary markets of infrastructure, environmental, defense, security and intelligence. Prior to her promotion to Group President, she has served in various other executive and management capacities at Parsons since 1989.
She has been a member of the board of directors and the audit, risk and compliance committee and the finance committee at Blumont since 2016. Blumont provides global engineering and management support services primarily for the US Government, UK Government and the United Nations in more than 20 countries and includes delivering humanitarian assistance, building infrastructure and creating economic opportunities.
She has a BS and a master’s degree in civil engineering from Syracuse University and attended the Advanced Management Program at Duke University. She is a registered Professional Engineer in Virginia.
Mr. Levin has been a member of the board since May 2020. He brings expertise to the board on legal and regulatory matters. He has provided legal advice as outside counsel on various corporate matters to American States Water Company and its subsidiaries, first as a partner at O’Melveny & Myers LLP and then as a partner and of counsel at Winston & Strawn LLP.
Mr. Levin has been a corporate lawyer in Los Angeles, California for over 35 years. In June 2019, he retired from Winston & Strawn LLP where he had practiced as a corporate partner and then of counsel since joining the firm in 2010. Prior to joining that firm, Mr. Levin was a corporate partner at O’Melveny & Myers LLP, having joined the firm in 1981 as an associate. Mr. Levin specialized in corporate law, including securities, corporate governance, and mergers and acquisitions. He served as the chair or co-chair of the mergers and acquisitions group of O’Melveny & Myers LLP for a number of years.
He currently serves as Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Descanso Gardens Guild, Inc., a non-profit corporation dedicated to the support and operation of this public garden in Southern California, and as a director of the Constitutional Rights Foundation, a non-profit corporation supporting civic education initiatives.
Mr. Levin has a BA degree from DePauw University, an MBA from Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University and a JD from the Northwestern Pritzker School of Law.
Mr. Sprowls is the sole management member of the board of directors and has served as President and Chief Executive Officer of the company since 2009 and Chief Financial Officer (CFO) for more than four years prior to that. He also has served as President and Chief Executive Officer of subsidiaries Golden State Water Company and American States Utility Services, Inc. and its subsidiaries since 2009. Mr. Sprowls has more than 35 years of experience in business strategy, operations management, corporate finance and business problem-solving for regulated utilities, utility holding companies and highly competitive, non-regulated utility affiliates. Prior to joining American States Water Company, Mr. Sprowls spent 21 years at CILCORP Inc., or CILCORP, a public utility holding company whose largest subsidiary, Central Illinois Light Company, served approximately 250,000 electric and gas utility customers. During his tenure with CILCORP, Mr. Sprowls held positions as President, Business Unit Leader – Energy Delivery, CFO and Treasurer of Central Illinois Light Company, CFO of a non-regulated subsidiary of CILCORP, QST Enterprises Inc., and Vice President and Treasurer of CILCORP. Mr. Sprowls left CILCORP and Central Illinois Light Company following the sale of the company to Ameren Corporation in 2003.
He is currently a member of the board of directors of the National Association of Water Companies, a non-profit organization representing private water companies, and has previously served as its President and a member of its Executive Committee. He has served on the board of directors of CILCORP Inc. and Central Illinois Light Company. He has been a member of the Southern California Leadership Council, past chairman and a member of the board of directors of the Illinois Energy Association, a past chairman and a member of the board of directors of Goodwill Industries of Central Illinois and a committee chairman for the Heart of Illinois United Way Campaign.
He holds a BA degree in economics and business administration from Knox College in Illinois and a master’s degree in business administration with a concentration in accounting and finance from Bradley University, also in Illinois. He is a Certified Public Accountant (inactive) and a Certified Management Accountant. He holds a BA degree in economics and business administration from Knox College in Illinois and a master in business administration from Bradley University, also in Illinois. He is a Certified Public Accountant (Inactive) and a Certified Management Accountant.