Silicon Valley Clean Water is lead by an executive team of scientists, engineers and management professionals in the wastewater industry. The Leadership Team oversees all operations including the seven divisions: Operations, Maintenance, Safety, Laboratory and Environmental Services, Engineering, Information Services, and Human Resources, plus the RESCU program.
Learn more about our leaders below.
Teresa Herrera is the Manager of Silicon Valley Clean Water. She is the first woman to hold this position, and the third manager in SVCW’s nearly 50-year history.
Teresa came to SVCW in 2008 as its first plant engineer, and built its first engineering department. Her primary charge was to oversee engineering needs within the agency and to manage capital improvement projects costing hundreds of millions of dollars. In 2012, she was promoted to assistant manager/authority engineer. Her responsibilities broadened to include the Information Services, Safety, and Administrative Services Divisions. She continued to oversee the Capital Improvement Program, which had grown to $833 million, as well as a $24 million annual operating budget. In 2016, her position was reclassified to assistant manager/chief engineering officer with broader responsibilities for SVCW’s Regional Environmental Sewer Conveyance Upgrade program (RESCU). In July 2018, Teresa was appointed SVCW’s manager with responsibility for the Authority’s overall operation.
Prior to joining SVCW, Teresa spent 20 years with Whitley Burchett & Associates in Walnut Creek, a civil/environmental consulting firm whose clients included wastewater and water public agencies. She started as an entry-level engineer and worked her way up, serving as company president from 2001 to 2008. She was responsible for business development, company growth and management, and employee development.
Teresa earned a Master of Science in Civil Engineering in 1988 from University of California at Davis and holds a B.S. in Civil Engineering from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo.
Assistant Manager / Chief Financial Officer
Matt Anderson joined SVCW in 2014 as the chief financial officer. He has more than 25 years of financial management experience in the water and transportation industries. Prior to joining SVCW, Matt served as CFO for the Goleta Water District in Santa Barbara, California. He also worked in the airline sector for fourteen years, most recently as managing director of finance and administration for the international division of Northwest Airlines. Matt has managed $500 million annual operating budgets spanning nine countries, 200 cost centers, and 2,000 employees. He brings private-sector experience to the public utility sector by introducing long-range financial planning, zero-based budgeting, and effective management reporting. Matt started his career with the accounting firm KPMG. He maintains his Certified Public Accountant certification and has an MBA from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo.
Chief Operating Officer
Monte Hamamoto has been the chief operating officer at SVCW since 2012. He has more than 30 years of experience in water and wastewater operations, over half of which was as a private sector manager with Veolia Water. Monte has managed several treatment plant operations and facilities throughout California. Prior to SVCW, he was the manager of the Atwater Wastewater Treatment Facility for Veolia. He has direct experience managing wastewater treatment, potable water treatment, removal and disposal of groundwater contaminants, odor control, and capital equipment. Monte has also managed capital projects, budget development, employee relations, human resources, labor negotiations, plant performance, process control, maintenance, laboratory safety, regulatory permit renewal and CIP, and client relations. He previously worked in sales for wastewater technologies and companies including Siemens Corporation and Parkson Corporation. He has a B.S. in Marine Biology from Humboldt State University and an A.S. in Water-Wastewater Technology from Solano College. He continues to serve the industry by teaching college-level water and wastewater courses. Monte maintains his California Grade 5 wastewater operator certification and his Grade T-3 certification in potable water operations.
Kim Hackett joined Silicon Valley Clean Water in 2010 as a senior engineer, managing the design and construction of Capital Improvement Projects within the wastewater treatment plant and conveyance system. She became the director of the Engineering Division in 2012, led the planning and CEQA process for the $450 million RESCU Program, and managed the implementation of the overall Capital Improvement Program. She was promoted to authority engineer in 2018. She is leading the RESCU Program through the design and construction phases, and overseeing the completion of the remainder of the $849 million Capital Improvement Program. Before joining SVCW, Kim worked as an environmental engineer, both as a consultant and in the public sector, with a focus on wastewater and recycled water planning and design projects. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from the University of California, Los Angeles and her Master’s degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley.