Enrico (Rick) Callender

Deputy Administrative Officer, Office of Government Relations
Santa Clara Valley Water District

Rick works for the Santa Clara Valley Water District as their Deputy Administrative Officer for the Office for Government Relations where he is responsible for strategic advice and counsel to the CEO and leading and managing all public affairs issues.  Specifically, he is also responsible for all government relations at the Federal, State and local level, which includes developing positive working relationships and implementing strategic outreach and advocacy efforts relating to flood control and water utilities.

Currently Rick is the Chair of the Public Relations Society of America, Public Affairs and Government Section which provides training and resources relevant to communicators in all levels of government and branches of the military, as well as those at counseling firm, corporations and associations who are responsible for communicating with various audiences on public policy or public safety issues.  

In September of 2000 Rick took a leave of absence to successfully lead the Yes on Measure B Campaign for Clean, Safe Creeks in Santa Clara Valley. This countywide campaign targeted over 500,000 voters and raised over $375 million dollars for the Santa Clara Valley Water District.

In November of 2012 Rick led a effort which was placed on the ballot for voters to consider a renewal of a special tax which was called the Safe, Clean Water and Natural Flood Protection Program.  The measure raised nearly $500 Million dollars and ultimately passed by the largest percentage of a countywide special tax in the history of Santa Clara County.

Rick earned his Bachelors of Science degree in Industrial Engineering with an emphasis in electronic and computer technology from California State University, Chico and his Masters of Arts in Public Administration from San Jose State University and his Juris Doctorate from Northwestern California University School of Law.