Director Quist PortraitVice President

Current Term: 2023 – 2026
Terms of Service: 9

Dr. Gregory Quist was elected to the Rincon del Diablo Municipal Water District’s Board in November of 1990 as the Division I representative of Rincon Water’s Improvement District “1” and Improvement District “E”. Dr. Quist currently serves as Rincon Water’s Board Vice President and on the Finance, Insurance, and Personnel; Emergency Preparedness and Fire Services; and Audit committees. He is on the Board of Directors of the Urban Water Institute (UWI) and is Chair Emeritus of UWI.  Dr. Quist served as Rincon Water’s representative to the San Diego County Water Authority (SDCWA) for 12 years.  He served on the Board of Directors of the Association of California Water Agencies (ACWA), where he also served on the Water Quality Committee. Doctor Quist was the Chair of the Economic Study Group, a group of eleven north San Diego County Water agencies that negotiated a landmark agreement with the SDCWA, saving millions in annual costs for North County residents.

Dr. Quist has been a high technologist and business manager for most of his career, working for nine years at SAIC as Vice President, founding and leading the Signature Technology Division, and then as inventor and entrepreneur founding a string of small high technology start-up companies, most recently SmartCover Systems of Escondido, CA.  Educated as a physicist, Dr. Quist received his BS in astrophysics from Yale, where he played football and baseball, and PhD in applied theoretical physics from UC Santa Barbara.

Dr. Quist is a long-time Escondido resident, enjoying growing avocados, citrus, and now wine grapes on his property. He has been a youth softball and baseball coach, served as deacon, treasurer, and Sunday School teacher at his local church, and has been actively involved in a variety of neighborhood organizations. Married to Cindy for 39 years, his grown children are now pursuing careers in law and business. In his rare free time he enjoys playing basketball, tennis and golf, skiing, hiking, and fishing for elusive trout in the eastern Sierras.