Governing Board: CMUA is governed by a 19-member Board of Governors representing large and small utilities from throughout the state. The board meets quarterly.

Annual Conference: CMUA's annual conference brings officials of publicly owned utilities together with government and industry policy makers, representatives of scientific, environmental, technological and economic interests to share information and views. The conference is held in the spring, alternating between northern and southern California.

Managers' Summit: CMUA holds an annual summit of utility managers to discuss the direction of the association and
develop plans for the upcoming year.

Capitol Day: CMUA's annual Capitol Day brings officials of publicly owned utilities to Sacramento to hear from policy makers as to their legislative priorities. Members are able to meet with members of the State Legislature to lobby on behalf of CMUA.

Ad Hoc Meetings:
As issues arise, CMUA organizes ad hoc committees and meetings to keep abreast of changing issues and needs of the membership.