Issue 2019-3
LADWP in the Community
Celebrating Women at LADWP
As Women’s History Month comes to a close, we wanted to take a moment to tell you about some of the trailblazing women leaders and employees of LADWP, and share a little bit about their contributions to making LADWP a reliable and customer-focused provider of water and power to the people of Los Angeles. These are just a few of the thousands of women who make a difference for our customers each day.
Bringing New Perspective to the LADWP Board of Commissioners
LADWP reached a new milestone last year when Board Vice-President Cynthia McClain-Hill was appointed commissioner. Four out of five members of our Board are now women. This group of distinguished and dynamic individuals is comprised of an attorney and public policy strategist, a civic leader advocating for community action, a leader in strategic real estate solutions, and a dedicated community organizer and environmental activist. They work every day to move L.A. forward by bringing the same commitment and values that made them successful to the job of overseeing the nation’s largest municipal utility. Click  here  to learn more about our Board of Commissioners.
Cynthia McClain-Hill
Aura Vasquez
Jill Banks Barad
Christina Noonan
A Woman of Power:
Meet Reiko Kerr
Reiko A. Kerr is LADWP’s Senior Assistant General Manager - Power System Engineering, Planning, and Technical Services. Reiko is responsible for overseeing upgrades to the city's electrical infrastructure and transforming L.A.’s power supply so that we can continue to deliver more renewable power to our customers. Learn more about Reiko, her role in securing L.A.’s clean energy future, and her take on women in the LADWP workforce.
Nancy Sutley: Creating the Green Path Forward
As LADWP transitions to a clean energy future, it is vital to have talented, innovative and highly-experienced leaders guiding us forward. LADWP’s Chief Sustainability Officer Nancy Sutley is one of those impactful leaders. As a former Obama White House alumnus, Nancy oversees the Department’s energy efficiency goals, environmental affairs, sustainability initiatives, and transportation electrification. She recently received the prestigious Climate Leadership Award for Individual Leadership at the 8th Annual Climate Leadership Summit. To learn more about her background and philosophy click on this insightful Q&A from gb&d Magazine.
Sharon Grove: Putting LADWP Customers First
LADWP is committed to providing our customers with the highest quality water and power, with prompt, consistent and easily accessible customer service. Sharon Grove is the person responsible for making this happen everyday at the Department as Director of Customer Experience. Sharon is responsible for ensuring that our programs and initiatives meet the needs of our customers and that problems and complaints are resolved quickly and efficiently. Read more about how Sharon's philosophy on customer service and how its strategic concept is transforming LADWP and our relationship with the customers and communities we serve.
Evelyn Cortez-Davis: Guardian of our Precious Water Resources
Evelyn Cortez-Davis is the Assistant Director of Water Resources at LADWP. A civil engineer with over 25 years of water industry experience, Evelyn is leading the charge in helping LADWP capture more stormwater, increase conservation and expand the use of recycled water and local groundwater. The initiatives she is working on will help Los Angeles rely less on costly, imported water from the State Water Project, making us much more self-reliant and sustainable as a city. Read about Evelyn's inspiring journey into her career field, her thoughts on women in Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics and the words of wisdom she has for young girls looking to get into STEM.
Renette Anderson, a Leader in Equal Employment Opportunity
On March 22, LADWP EEO Director Renette Anderson was honored at Bakewell Media's first annual Power, Leadership and Influence of the Black Woman event. Event honorees, sponsors, and local community leaders and residents gathered at the California African American Museum (CAAM) to take part in the inaugural celebration. 

Renette oversees LADWP's policies promoting mutual respect, diversity and inclusion at LADWP.
Join the Team!
Meet Veronica, one of our Steam Plant Assistants . As a skilled technician, Veronica performs a critical job for our city by keeping the massive steam generators and other equipment that produce electricity running, humming and performing at optimal levels. Steam Plant Assistants operate, maintain or repair mechanical, electrical control and instrumentation, and auxiliary equipment. They are always on the go and work flexible hours. If you like working around large, complex equipment vital to the lives of millions of people and thousands of businesses or have experience working aboard ship engine rooms then Steam Plant Assistant might be a great fit for you.

Project Highlight: Mission Hills Earthquake Resistant Pipeline Project
The Mission Hills Earthquake Resistant Pipeline  project is set to begin later this June. This will be the first LADWP installation of American manufactured earthquake-resistant pipe in one of its projects. It’s all part of an LADWP initiative to protect customers by developing seismic-resilient water infrastructure through improved water reliability and flexibility. The project will also increase fire protection for critical medical, police, fire school and emergency facilities adjacent to an active fault line.

LADWP Supports STEM Education at 27th Annual Science Bowl
The whiz kids of North Hollywood High School Team A took this year’s Science Bowl competition on February 23rd. Science Bowl is a proud LADWP tradition and an example of the Department’s commitment to the Los Angeles community. Each year, LADWP Science Bowl tests the region’s sharpest students’ reflexes, teamwork skills and knowledge in a fun competitive atmosphere using a television game show format that involves answering toss-up and bonus questions, buzzers and timed responses. Winning regional teams go on to compete at the National Science Bowl in Washington D.C. For more information on this unique competition please click here .
Partnering with Neighborhood Councils
LADWP is the only department in the City of Los Angeles with a formal Memorandum of Understanding with Neighborhood Councils committing to regular and ongoing communication about department programs and policies. The DWP-NC MOU and Advocacy Committees meet every first Saturday of the month at 8:45 a.m. at the LADWP Headquarters, 111 N. Hope St., Los Angeles, CA 90012. Join us!