Photo of David Murillo

David Murillo
Regional Director, Mid-Pacific Regional Director

As Regional Director for the Mid-Pacific Region, David Murillo oversees the management of Bureau of Reclamation’s water projects in an area encompassing the northern two-thirds of Calif., most of western Nev. and part of southern Ore. In addition to the Regional Office headquarters in Sacramento, Calif., the Region includes five Area Offices located in Klamath Falls, Ore.; Carson City, Nev.; and Redding, Folsom, and Fresno, Calif.; and three specialized offices, the MP Construction Office in Willows, Calif.; and the Central Valley Operations Office and the Bay-Delta Office in Sacramento.

Appointed Regional Director in December 2012, Murillo is responsible for Calif.’s Central Valley Project, one of the nation’s most complex and highest-profile network of dams, reservoirs, canals and hydroelectric powerplants. Extending 400 miles through northern and central California, the CVP’s 20 dams and reservoirs provides an average of 5.5 million acre-feet of water annually for agriculture, municipal and industrial and environmental uses in the Sacramento and San Joaquin valleys, California’s central coast region, and southern and eastern San Francisco Bay area. The CVP’s 11 hydropower plants generate about 4.5 billion kilowatt-hours a year.

Prior to joining the MP Region, Murillo served as Reclamation’s Deputy Commissioner for Operations, overseeing operations in five regions across 17 western states; the Native American and International Affairs Office; and Denver’s Technical Service Center, Research and Development, Power Resources Office, Dam Safety Office, and Design, Estimating and Construction.

From 2006 to 2010, Murillo served as the Power Manager for the Grand Coulee Power Office, the largest hydroelectric facility in the United States. In this position, he managed the Grand Coulee and Hungry Horse dams and power plants. Grand Coulee Dam is the key feature of Reclamation's Columbia Basin Project in central Washington, a multi-purpose project which provides flood control, irrigation, hydropower production, recreation, and fish and wildlife benefits.

Murillo is originally from Yakima and graduated from Washington State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering in 1984.

Murillo and his wife, Terri, have three adult children.

Updated: 1/16/2018

Click on image for high resolution image.