Board of Directors


Established by a vote of the people and led by a publically elected board of directors, IID exists to serve the public. As such, its twofold mission of delivering water and electrical power to the communities that make up its service area is carried out with a public purpose. The business of IID is, by definition, the people's business. As a public agency that depends on the consent of the governed, the district's organizational structure and policy-making function are intended to be as open and transparent as possible.

Organized in 1911 under the California Irrigation District Act, the IID is governed by a five-member board of directors. Elected by the public, each director represents one of five political divisions within the Imperial Valley.

Board Proceedings
IID Board of Directors meetings start at 1 p.m. and are held on the first and third Tuesday of each month.  These meetings take place in the William R. Condit Auditorium, at 1285 Broadway, in El Centro.

Semi-annual meetings are held in the La Quinta Boardroom, at 81-600 Avenue 58, in La Quinta.

Click on the link below for a detailed schedule of meetings or to view a copy of the board governance manual.

2019 Board of Directors Meeting Schedule [PDF]
(dates and location subject to change)

IID Board of Directors - Governance Manual [PDF]

IID Board of Directors - Orientation Guide [PDF]

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Division 1: Alex Cardenas

Division 2: Bruce Kuhn

Division 3: James C. Hanks

Division 4: Erik Ortega, President

Division 5: Norma Sierra Galindo, Vice President

IID political division boundaries


cardenas_alex_temp  Cardenas, Alex

Director Alex Cardenas represents IID Division 1, which includes much of El Centro, south and west of Brawley, Westmorland and the southwestern edge of the Salton Sea. He was elected to the IID board in the June 2018 primary.

Prior to the IID board, Mr. Cardenas was elected to the El Centro City Council in 2013 and served as mayor from 2016-2017.

An El Centro native, he attended local schools and graduated from Central Union High School. He holds a bachelor’s degree in public administration from San Diego State University and a master’s degree in organizational management from the University of Phoenix.

He is employed as the executive director for Court Appointed Special Advocates of Imperial County, known as CASA, where he works with trained, community volunteers to speak for abused and neglected children in court to ensure they are given the chance to reach their full potential. Additionally, he is lead faculty area chair for the School of Business for the University of Phoenix.

His service includes:
• Chairman, Imperial County Early Education Council
• Centinela State Prison Citizen Advisory Committee
• President of Friends of El Centro Community Service Foundation
• Past president, El Centro Kiwanis Club

His current term as IID director expires December 2022.

kuhn_bruce_2013_media    Kuhn, Bruce

Director Bruce Kuhn represents Division 2, which includes Heber, parts of El Centro and western Imperial County. Director Kuhn first served on the board from 1996-2004.  He was elected in November 2012 for his third term and re-elected in the June 2016 primary.  During his time as director, he has served as IID board president in 1999, 2004 and 2017.

A native of the Imperial Valley, Director Kuhn has been self-employed in the land leveling business since 1982. Prior to that, he worked as a police officer for 12 years with the El Centro Police Department.  Director Kuhn attended Imperial Valley College where he majored in political science. He also studied law enforcement at the College of the Redwoods in Eureka, Calif., graduating from the Peace Officers Standards and Training Academy. 

His service includes:

  • Past board member, Imperial Valley Food Bank (2004-2011)
  • Past president, Imperial Valley Environmental Task Force
  • Past board member, Imperial County Farm Bureau
  • Past vice president, El Centro Little League
  • Member, Swiss Club
  • Former member, Imperial Rotary Club 

Director Kuhn has also been recognized for his humanitarian efforts. In 2004, he was honored with the NAACP’s Martin Luther King Jr. Image Award for public service.

Director Kuhn’s current term expires in December 2020. 

hanks_james_2013_media    Hanks, James Cleo

Director James C. Hanks currently represents Division 3, which includes Brawley, Calipatria and Niland. He also serves on the state’s Colorado River Board.  Director Hanks was elected to the board in the 2006 primary, but began serving as director following the May 2006 death of incumbent director Lloyd Allen (Mr. Hanks had been appointed by the Imperial County Board of Supervisors to fill the vacancy in July 2006). He was re-elected in 2010, 2014 and 2018. 

Director Hanks is a retired school superintendent, having worked in the education field for 38 years. He holds master’s, bachelor’s and associate of science degrees in counseling.  He was raised in Brawley and attended Imperial Valley College, Southern Utah, San Diego State and the University of San Diego.  He served as superintendent for the Calipatria Unified School District for 20 years.  He was also principal for four years and assistant principal for seven years in Niland and Calipatria schools. Early in his career he was a teacher and an assistant principal in the Seeley Union School District.

His service includes:

  • Imperial Valley Telecommunications Agency board
  • Imperial County Volunteer Employer Benefits Area board
  • Special Education Local Planning Area board, as chairman
  • Imperial County Schools Joint Powers Authority

He was a member of the Association of California School Administrators and has been a member of the Calipatria Lions Club for more than 25 years.  He was honored by the Lions Club with the Melvin Jones Fellowship for community service. 

Director Hanks’s current term expires December 2022.

ortega_erik_2018    Ortega, Erik

Director Erik Ortega currently serves as president of the IID Board of Directors. He represents Division 4, which includes the majority of Calexico, south Heber and the IID service area along the U.S.-Mexico border.

Director Ortega was elected in the November 2016 general runoff election. Prior to being seated on the IID board, Mr. Ortega had served as trustee for the Calexico Unified District as school board president. He is also a Calexico businessman.

Director Ortega’s current term expires December 2020. 

galindo_norma_sierra_2013_media    Galindo, Norma S

Director Norma Sierra Galindo currently serves as vice president of the IID Board of Directors, representing Division 5, which includes Imperial, Holtville and parts of Calexico and eastern Imperial County. Director Galindo was first elected to the board in a special election in 2012 and re-elected in 2014 and 2018.

Before serving as director, Ms. Galindo was appointed to IID’s Energy Consumers Advisory Committee where she served for eight years.  In 2005, Director Galindo was elected to the Imperial Community College District Board of Trustees and served on its bond oversight committee.  Director Galindo works as an instructor for Calexico High School’s Allied Health Professions program and as an educator for Imperial Valley Regional Occupational Program’s Medical Assistant and Business Departments.  She also operates a private interpretation and translation business.

A graduate of Calexico High School, Director Galindo was awarded a bachelor’s degree in history and anthropology from the University of California and holds a state teaching credential.

Her service includes:

  • Board of directors, U.S. Navy League of Imperial Valley
  • Board of directors, Cancer Resource Center of the Desert
  • Founding board member, Habitat for Humanity Imperial Valley Affiliate
  • Imperial Valley Women honored in 1991
  • Lifetime appointment, made in 1997 by governor and attorney general, to CADRE, California Schools
  • Education and Law Enforcement Partnership
  • Former proprietor of A Place of Angels: An Extraordinary Place for People with CancerMember of the CONDORSOUL Medical Missions Team in Peru and the lower Amazon

Director Galindo’s current term expires December 2022.

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