Kruger has been a leader in the drinking water industry for 30 years. Prior to her retirement in 2021, she was senior vice president, regulated utilities at Golden State Water Company, a subsidiary of American States Water, based in California. Her previous experience includes executive leadership roles in customer service and water quality. Kruger also has extensive water utility experience in business expansion, environmental stewardship, asset management, water resources, operations, regulatory compliance, and corporate governance.
“Denise is a proven leader in the water utility industry and will bring considerable experience to our board,” said Eric W. Thornburg, chair, president and CEO of SJW Group. Thornburg further stated, “Her knowledge and experience in water supply as well as environmental and economic regulation in California will serve us well.”
Kruger has served in many leadership roles through her career, including-Chair of the Water Research Foundation, Chair of the American Ground Water Trust, Member of the executive committee of the American Water Works Association, Board member of the California Foundation on the Environment and Economy.
Kruger shared her water industry expertise as a former consultant to the California Water Association advising small water systems on technical, financial and managerial matters.
She is a graduate of the University of California, Davis, where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering; she also holds a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of California, Irvine.