Current Term: 2021 – 2022
Terms of Service:  Newly appointed

Mr. Ronald Naves was appointed to the Board of Directors in April of 2021 as the Division IV representative of Rincon del Diablo Municipal Water District. He has an extensive background as a legal department and business leader for global public and private companies in the commercial real estate, hospitality, financial services, technology, and entertainment industries. Mr. Naves previously served as the Chief Legal Officer at Welk Resort Group, Inc., and at Encore Capital Group. He joined Encore after serving as Senior Vice President, Legal Affairs and Litigation at Gemstar-TV Guide International, a global technology and media company.

Mr. Naves past career achievements include being the founding Executive Director of the Center for Corporate Legal Leadership at the UC Irvine School of Law, building and leading the global litigation division at computer manufacturer and retailer Gateway, Inc. and representing corporate clients throughout the country while working with a large, international law firm. A former Assistant Attorney General with the State of Connecticut, he is also an experienced trial lawyer.

Mr. Naves graduated with honors from Pepperdine University School of Law and spent one year as a Visiting Student at the Yale Law School. He earned an MBA from the Anderson School of Management at UCLA, and his bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Connecticut.

Mr. Naves and his wife Chanda have lived in Escondido for several years and have two children who are pursuing their undergraduate educations. Mr. and Mrs. Naves are active in their church where both have served in a variety of leadership positions. Mr. Naves has also volunteered with many organizations including Escondido Pop Warner Football, Escondido Girls Softball League, and the Boy Scouts of America.