State of L.A. Infrastructure - Speakers

 

KEYNOTE SPEAKER BARBARA HUMPTON
CEO, SIEMENS

Barbara Humpton is CEO of Siemens USA, where she guides the company's strategy and engagement in serving the company's largest market in the world, with more than 50,000 employees, more than $23 billion in revenues and $5 billion in annual exports.

Most recently, Humpton served as president and CEO of Siemens Government Technologies, Inc. (SGT), a leading integrator of Siemens' products and services for federal government agencies and departments. In this role, Humpton also served as an officer/director member of the board of directors of SGT.

Prior to joining Siemens in 2011, Humpton served as a Vice President at Booz Allen Hamilton where she was responsible for program performance and new business development for technology consulting in the Department of Justice and Department of Homeland Security. Earlier, Humpton was a vice president at Lockheed Martin Corporation with responsibility for Biometrics Programs, Border and Transportation Security and Critical Infrastructure Protection, including such critical programs as the FBI's Next Generation Identification and the TSA's Transportation Workers' Identification Credential.

Humpton is a graduate of Wake Forest University with a bachelor's degree in mathematics. Humpton is Chairman of the Siemens Foundation and of the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments (CSBA). She serves on the board of directors of MorganFranklin, the American Heart Association Greater Washington Region, the Northern Virginia Tech Council and the Seabee Memorial Scholarship Association. She resides in Washington, D.C., with her husband David.

 

EMCEE DENITA WILLOUGHBY
VICE PRESIDENT, SUPPLY MANAGEMENT, SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA GAS COMPANY

Named by California Diversity Magazine as one of the Most Powerful and Influential Women in California, Denita Willoughby is Vice President of Supply Management & Support Services for Southern California Gas Company, a Sempra Energy regulated California utility. She is responsible for overseeing a $1.5 billion procurement operation that includes supply management, supplier diversity, inventory and logistics. She also oversees all the company's fleet and real estate assets. Willoughby previously served as a shared officer also supporting San Diego Gas & Electric. Prior to that role, she was the Regional Vice President of External Affairs for SoCalGas, where she led the company's community relations, public affairs and media AND employee communication efforts.

Before joining SoCalGas, Willoughby held leadership positions at AT&T, which included Vice President of Television Programming during the roll out of U-Verse; Vice President of External Affairs, leading the company's government and community affairs activities; and Regional Sales Vice President for SBC Communications.

She serves on the boards of Vision to Learn, UNITE-LA, and is the incoming chair of the L.A. Area Chamber. She is an advocate for improving educational outcomes for all children and dedicates time to mentoring professionals wishing to advance their careers.

 

SUSTAINABILITY AWARD PRESENTER MARTY ADAMS
GENERAL MANAGER AND CHIEF ENGINEER, LOS ANGELES DEPARTMENT OF WATER AND POWER

Martin L. Adams is LADWP's General Manager. A 35-year veteran of the Department, Adams most recently served as Chief Operating Officer, where he oversaw LADWP's extensive water and power operations. Adams was nominated to the post by Mayor Eric Garcetti in June 2019 and appointed by the Board of Water and Power Commissioners as interim General Manager in July 2019, replacing outgoing General Manager David H. Wright.

Adams is a well-respected utility executive locally and throughout the United States. Before becoming COO, he led the LADWP Water System as Senior Assistant General Manager overseeing water infrastructure, water resources and water quality. At the time, he helped reduce Los Angeles' water use by nearly 20 percent through implementation of L.A.'s industry-leading water conservation ordinance and oversaw the creation of numerous customer rebates and programs for customers, while also accelerating LADWP's replacement of aging infrastructure.

 

MARIA S. SALINAS
PRESIDENT & CEO, L.A. AREA CHAMBER

Maria S. Salinas is the President & CEO of the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce, the largest business association in Los Angeles County representing more than 1,500-­member companies and serving the interests of more than 235,000 businesses across the Los Angeles region. Salinas took the helm of the organization in August of 2018 and became the first woman and Latina to lead the L.A. Area Chamber in its 130 year history. An accomplished business woman, entrepreneur and a stalwart community leader, Salinas' business acumen and financial expertise provides her with the right experience to lead the Chamber.

In her role, Salinas is committed to amplify the voice of business in all aspects of public policy, growth in emerging sectors and global expansion. Under her leadership, the Chamber has focused on key strategic initiatives including expanding its advocacy for a business-­friendly environment, promoting the spirit of innovation and entrepreneurship throughout the region, and expanding global influence. Read more.

 

JERRY NEUMAN
PARTNER, DLA PIPER LLP (USA)

Jerry Neuman is and has been the lead negotiator and project coordinator for many of Southern California's most important real estate, green energy, infrastructure and governmental procurement projects. His experience includes obtaining environmental clearances pursuant to the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). Additionally, he has substantial experience in coordinating teams of professionals including architects, engineers, environmental scientists, community relations and communication consultants and media relations professionals. Neuman also works regularly with elected officials, organized labor and community and business leaders in connection with many of these projects and issues.

Neuman is also a founding director of Mission Valley Bank and is on the executive boards of many of the most important commercial and charitable organizations in L.A., including serving as the 2019 Chamber Board Chair.

 

 

 

PANEL: INFRASTRUCTURE RESILIENCE

The Greater Los Angeles Area will need to plan and build for the challenges that come with climate change, earthquakes, an aging population and exponential advances in technology. We will discuss infrastructure resilience in our water and energy systems, the associated costs of resilience planning and rebuilding and the challenges facing our infrastructure workforce.

 

MODERATOR AARON GROSS
CHIEF RESILIENCE OFFICER, CITY OF LOS ANGELES

With more than 20 years of service to the City of L.A., Aaron Gross became the City's second Chief Resilience Officer in March 2019. In that role, he is charged with helping to implement Resilient LA, the City's robust resilience plan, by working with City departments, local, regional, national and international stakeholders, and with communities in Los Angeles. Gross was most recently employed at the L.A. Department of Water and Power as its Deputy Chief Sustainability Officer and served in that role since 2015 aiming to making L.A. a more efficient and sustainable city. Prior to joining LADWP, he served as an International Trade Specialist and as Liaison to the Port of Los Angeles, in Mayor Eric Garcetti's Office of International Trade. Gross has served in two L.A. mayoral administrations (Garcetti and Villaraigosa), has worked for three City Councilmembers, the City Attorney, and for the Port of Los Angeles in various capacities from field work, to legislative affairs, to land use planning. Gross studied Political Science at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and earned master's degrees in Nonprofit Management and Social Work from the University of Southern California.

 

JOHN BEDNARSKI
CHIEF ENGINEER, METROPOLITAN WATER DISTRICT OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA

John Bednarski is the Chief Engineer and Group Manager of Engineering Services for the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California. He is responsible for all of Metropolitan's engineering activities, including management of the Capital Investment Plan; facility planning; construction management and inspection; project management; and infrastructure monitoring.

Bednarski joined Metropolitan as an associate engineer in 1991 after working at the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power for 10 years. His early work at Metropolitan focused on treatment plant expansions and the oxidation retrofit program. He later headed both the Program Management Unit and the Infrastructure Reliability Section within the Engineering Services Group. In the latter role, Bednarski was responsible for Metropolitan's construction management efforts as well as infrastructure assessments, survey and mapping/GIS activities. He also oversaw the completion of the $1.1 billion Inland Feeder project. Most recently, he has led Metropolitan's support for the conceptual design of the Delta Conveyance Project and managed the development of the Regional Recycled Water Program and the Advanced Water Purification Center demonstration plant.

 

NEIL NAVIN
VP OF GAS TRANSMISSION AND STORAGE, SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA GAS COMPANY

Neil Navin is Vice President, Gas Transmission and Storage, for Southern California Gas Company (SoCalGas), a Sempra Energy regulated California utility.

Since joining SoCalGas in 2014, Navin has served in a number of increasingly responsible management positions, including director of major projects and director of storage risk management. Prior to this, Navin held project management positions with the Fluor and Parsons companies. His previous experience included work on sulfur recovery, gas compression processing, oil and gas production, refining, pipeline engineering, chemical weapons destruction, fuel cell power generation and petrochemical plant projects throughout the United States, Middle East and Europe.

 

PAUL PENINGER
VICE PRESIDENT, ECONOMICS, AECOM

Paul Peninger is an urban economist possessing 25 years of experience in the areas of real estate, economic development, housing policy and urban infrastructure. He currently serves as AECOM's Vice President of Economics and as the company's San Francisco Office Leader, where he leads a unique multi-disciplinary team of economists, planners, designers, architects and engineers to address the challenges of complex infrastructure projects for both public and private-sector clients. Peninger's recent engagements are geographically diverse and include locations like San Juan, Puerto Rico, Melbourne, Australia, as well as his native San Francisco Bay Area. Peninger has managed and directed numerous economic and planning projects related to sustainability and resilience. His work includes developing specialized tools to guide investment strategies focused on delivering multiple bottom line economic, social and environmental results to local communities.

Peninger has been an appointed lecturer in land economics for the Master of Urban Design program at the University of California, Berkeley, since 2002. He currently serves as a member of the Housing Sub-Committee of the Association of Bay Area Governments Regional Planning Committee and holds a seat on the San Francisco Bay Area Planning and Urban Research Association Housing Advisory Council. He invests his personal time being actively involved in numerous professional and philanthropic groups in the Bay Area.

 

DANA CABBELL
DIRECTOR, INTEGRATED SYSTEM STRATEGY, SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA EDISON

Dana Cabbell, P.E., has worked for Southern California Edison (SCE) for 36 years in the areas of transmission and distribution long-term planning.

Presently, she is the Director of the Integrated System Strategy (ISS) group for SCE. In this position, she and her team are responsible for ensuring SCE's transmission and distribution system is safe, reliable, clean and resilient through well-informed, strategic decisions regarding grid investments, integration of renewable/energy storage resources, enabling grid modernization and resiliency efforts. Cabbell's team is also responsible for the assessment of generation, transmission and new customer interconnections to the SCE grid, performing joint studies with neighboring utilities and ensuring compliance with mandatory NERC Reliability Standards and WECC Reliability Criteria.

 

 

 

PANEL: SMART CITIES, SMART INFRASTRUCTURE

Advances in smart devices, artificial intelligence (AI), big data and cloud computing are changing the way our cities and infrastructure work. There is tremendous opportunity to improve efficiency in transportation, power, communications, water and other infrastructure that businesses and residents rely upon every day. What will our cities look like in 10 to 20 years as we integrate more smart technologies, and how will this smart infrastructure improve our quality of life?

 

MODERATOR ALEX MITCHELL
SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT OF MARKET TRANSFORMATION, LOS ANGELES CLEANTECH INCUBATOR

Alex Mitchell is the SVP of Market Transformation at the Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator (LACI), where he oversees the group's cleantech analysis, multi-stakeholder programs and initial pilots and deployments. He joined LACI from Groupe PSA in Paris where he was VP of Corporate Strategy, co-leading the company's acquisition of Opel from General Motors and leading the company's work on autonomous mobility. Previously, he headed the automotive industry vertical at the World Economic Forum, with a focus on autonomous mobility. Mitchell has also served as VP of retail sales at an L.A.-based EV startup, Coda Automotive, and worked at Toyota Europe and McKinsey.

 

PHIL WASHINGTON
CEO, LOS ANGELES COUNTY METROPOLITAN TRANSPORTATION AUTHORITY

Phillip A. Washington was unanimously selected CEO of the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) by the Metro Board of Directors on March 12, 2015.

As Metro CEO, Washington manages a total balanced budget of $7.2 billion for FY20, is responsible for overseeing between $18-$20 billion in capital projects, and provides oversight of an agency with nearly 11,000 employees that transports 1.2 million boarding passengers daily riding on a fleet of 2,000 clean-air buses and six rail lines. Metro is the lead transportation planning, programming and financing agency for L.A. County. As such, it is a major construction agency that oversees bus, rail, highway and other mobility-related infrastructure projects – together representing the largest modern public works program in North America.

Washington was a key leader in the 2016 successful effort to pass a new half-cent sales tax in L.A. County, which garnered 71.15 percent voter approval. Measure M will allow Metro to build 40 major highway and transit projects over the next 40 years, create 778,000 jobs and provide $133.3 billion in economic impact for the region.

 

JEANNE HOLM
SENIOR TECHNOLOGY ADVISOR TO THE MAYOR, ASSISTANT GENERAL MANAGER, CITY OF LOS ANGELES

Jeanne Holm currently serves as the Senior Technology Advisor to the Mayor in the City of Los Angeles, harnessing technology to address homelessness, transportation, sustainability, public safety and economic development. Holm works with teams throughout City government to develop breakthrough innovations to drive transformation inside and outside of City Hall, working with business, academia, media and all Angelenos.

Prior to joining City Hall, Holm served as NASA/JPL's Chief Knowledge Architect, creating some of the world’s largest collaboration systems, including an award-winning NASA portal that reaches billions. She was also Evangelist for the White House open data initiative, helping to build communities and introduce new technologies in partnership with the public, educators, developers and international and city governments.

 

SCOTT LONGHURST
GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS MANAGER, CROWN CASTLE

Scott Longhurst works as a Government Affairs Manager at Crown Castle International. In this capacity, Longhurst is responsible for all governmental affairs activities across all three of Crown Castle's business units – Towers, Small Cells and Fiber – throughout the Southern California region.

Prior to joining Crown Castle three years ago, Longhurst was a partner in a site acquisition and land use planning firm for 15 years providing site development services to the telecommunications and real estate development industries. Longhurst has also worked in various advisory and consulting capacities specializing in government relations, program and project management, business development, land use planning, entitlement processing, site acquisition and construction management.