Brian Thomas

Executive Director, Delta Conveyance Finance Authority
Past Speaker: AWS 2018


Brian Thomas was hired as the Interim Executive Director of the Delta Conveyance Finance Authority in July 2018. The Finance Authority is a newly created joint powers agency in California, whose purpose is to assist in the financing of the California WaterFix. The California WaterFix is a $16.7 billion (2017 dollars) conveyance project that will serve over 27 million people and 3 million acres of farmland. Most recently, Mr. Thomas served as the Chief Financial Officer for the Las Vegas Valley Water District (District) and the Southern Nevada Water Authority (SNWA). As the Chief Financial Officer, Brian was responsible for all financial operations at the District and the SNWA, including financial planning, investments, debt management, purchasing, budget preparation and monitoring, and accounting operations for both organizations. He was also responsible for developing and implementing the District’s and SNWA’s water rates and charges.

Prior to his appointment in Las Vegas in January 2016, Brian was a Managing Director with PFM Financial Advisors LLC, the country’s largest independent municipal advisor. At PFM, Brian provided financial advisory services for water and wastewater clients, including Eastern Municipal Water District, Contra Costa Water District, Los Angeles Department of Water & Power, West Basin Municipal Water District, Coachella Valley Water District, along with the District and SNWA. Having served as the Assistant General Manager and Chief Financial Officer for the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California for almost 11 years before joining PFM in 2011, he has significant experience in the water industry in California. Prior to his appointment as the Chief Financial Officer at Metropolitan, Brian was the Assistant Chief of Planning and Resources where he helped Metropolitan develop its first Integrated Resources Plan. He has over 30 years of experience in the public sector, working at the cities of Anaheim and Riverside, California prior to his career at Metropolitan.

Brian is a graduate of California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, with degrees in Biology and Economics. He has a Masters and a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of California, Riverside.