Paul Sethy grew up in the City of Fremont and graduated from Mission San Jose High School. He then attended the University at Berkeley, School of Letters and Science, majoring in Economics and Business Administration.
He is a career veteran of Silicon Valley's high technology industry and has worked in various product management positions for corporate leaders such as Verbatim, Xerox, 3Com, VeriFone and Hewlett-Packard. In more senior roles, he held full general management profit and loss responsibilities.
In 1999, Mr. Sethy became the Founder, Chairman and CEO of AirPrime, Inc., for which he raised $82 million in venture capital financing during 2000-2001. The company eventually grew into a leading manufacturer of cellular modems for personal computers, smartphones, and industrial applications. The company also introduced the world's first internet capable smartphone in 2001, which was retailed by both Sprint and Verizon. AirPrime was later acquired by Sierra Wireless, a NASDAQ listed corporation (Stock Symbol: SWIR).
Mr. Sethy was elected to the Board of Directors of the Alameda County Water District in 2010, and re-elected in 2014. Since joining the Board, he has served on the Board's Finance Committee, and has been the Chair since 2011.
Additionally, he represents ACWD on the State Water Management, Local Government and Business Development Committees at the Association of California Water Agencies (ACWA). He also is an active member of the Alameda County Special Districts Association (ACSDA) and the California Special District Association (CSDA).
In other civic engagements, and for many years, Mr. Sethy has been an active member of the Fremont Cultural Arts Council and Mission Peak Heritage Foundation, as well as a Board Member of the Washington Township Historical Society. He is also a long-time member of the Fremont Chamber of Commerce and serves on the Government Affairs Committee.