Greg Schmid

City of Palo Alto
Board of Directors
Bay Area Water Supply & Conservation Agency 

Greg Schmid was appointed by the City of Palo Alto to the Board of Directors of the Bay Area Water Supply and Conservation Agency in April 2015. Except for some emergency backup wells, the City receives its entire water supply from the San Francisco Regional Water System. 

Mr. Schmid was first elected to the City Council in 2007, and was re-elected in 2012. He currently serves as Chair of the Finance Committee, and is a member of the Council Appointed Officers Committee, Association of Bay Area Governments, Palo Alto Chamber of Commerce, and Santa Clara Valley Water District Commission. 

Mr. Schmid represented the City on the Regional Housing Mandate Committee where he served as Chair in 2014 and wrote a white paper that challenged ABAG’s demographic projections. This challenge has been picked up by civic leaders throughout the Bay Area. 

His dedication to community service is evident from his work for balanced budgets, new libraries, increased investment in Palo Alto’s infrastructure, new parklands, and cooperative action with the School District at the Cubberley site. 

Mr. Schmid served on various boards and committees including the Santa Clara Valley Water District Lower Peninsula Flood Control & Watershed Advisory Committee, Historic Resources Board, Avenidas, Parks and Recreation Commission, Lytton Gardens, Palo Alto Housing Corporation, Art Center Foundation, Palo Alto/Stanford Citizen Corps Council, and Grand Boulevard Task Force. 

Prior to his election to the Council, he served on the Palo Alto School Board for four years. Mr. Schmid ran a research group with the Federal Reserve and worked for thirty years doing economic forecasting and long-range planning for corporations and governments. He has published two books and numerous articles that were printed in journals such as the Harvard Business Review and Foreign Policy. He served as Treasurer for a non-profit research group for 25 years where he never failed to balance the budget. 

He has a BA from Yale and a PhD from Columbia in Economics. A long time resident of Palo Alto, he enjoys family moments with his grandchildren.