Brian Thomas, Ph.D. served in the public sector for almost 30 years before joining PFM as a managing director in the Los Angeles office in 2011. Dr. Thomas works with water and wastewater utilities in California and Nevada on issues ranging from long-range financial planning, reserve policies, alternative procurement strategies and debt structures.
Prior to joining PFM, he was the assistant general manager and chief financial officer for the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, the nation’s largest supplier of treated drinking water. He was responsible for all financial functions, including treasury and debt management, capital planning, financial reporting, the $1.8 billion expenditure budget, and water rates and charges.
Dr. Thomas also served as the assistant general manager for finance and administration for the public utilities in the cities of Anaheim and Riverside. Dr. Thomas was a member of the Southern California Public Power Authority’s Finance Committee while at Riverside and the Intermountain Power Project’s Coordinating Committee while with Anaheim. Dr. Thomas recently served as the Chief Financial Officer for the Las Vegas Valley Water District/Southern Nevada Water Authority for two years, returning to PFM in 2019
Dr. Thomas is a frequent speaker at industry forums and has lectured in the field of water resource economics at Cal Poly Pomona, Cal State, Fullerton and Cal State, Long Beach.