Derek Cressman knows the importance of keeping the lights on. He is committed to maintaining reliability and affordability while eliminating greenhouse gas emissions as rapidly as possible. With three decades of experience in nonprofit management, public policy issues, and as a business owner, Derek will bring fresh ideas and ratepayer accountability to the Sacramento Municipal Utility Board.
As an olive grower, Derek has planted more than 150,000 water-wise trees and practices regenerative farming to build healthy soils and sequester carbon. In addition, Derek has founded and run a number of other businesses, including a long-distance telephone company whose profits supported environmental causes. He currently serves on the board of a local center to assist hearing-impaired children, as an analyst with the Solar Rights Alliance, and on the board of a sustainable groundwater management agency.
Derek looks forward to bringing his business and nonprofit experience to SMUD to reduce summertime peak rates, lower overhead expenses, and expedite SMUD’s 2030 Zero Carbon plan. In addition, Derek will work to improve network reliability through expanded use of distributed energy sources such as rooftop solar, local storage, micro-wind, grid neutrality, and fuel cell technologies. Derek and his wife have lived in Sacramento for 22 years. They have two children and a yellow lab mix rescue dog.