LOS ANGELES (June 27, 2019)–Susana Reyes was confirmed by the Los Angeles City Council on June 5, 2019 as the next member of the Board of Water and Power Commissioners. Appointed by Mayor Eric Garcetti, she replaces outgoing Commissioner Aura Vasquez and has been appointed to a four-year term through June 20, 2020. Reyes’ first board meeting as a commissioner was June 18, 2019.
The first Filipino-American to be appointed to the Board, Reyes is also the first LADWP retiree to hold a seat on the commission. She previously served as the director of LADWP’s Low-Income Customer Access, a position that helped ensure low-income ratepayers could access financial assistance, discounts and rebates offered by the utility. A public servant for over 32 years, she is the founder and CEO of AgilEngines LLC, an advocacy and consulting firm focused on community outreach and civic engagement strategies.
Her experience also includes working on Mayor Garcetti’s Sustainability team as a Senior Sustainability Analyst, where she helped oversee the implementation of Los Angeles’ first Sustainable City pLAn and secured a $1.7 million grant for the City from the California Air and Resources Board to help launch BlueLA — an EV car sharing pilot program in low-income communities. She is also an active member of the Sierra Club, and was elected to the organization’s first-ever all-female Executive Committee in 2017.
“Susana has spent her life and career helping to build a more sustainable city that serves every Angeleno — no matter their zip code,” said Mayor Garcetti. “Her expertise in environmental policy, fiscal management, and community engagement will be an invaluable asset to our utility.”
“Commissioner Reyes brings a unique perspective to the Board, with her familiarity with our operations and passion for sustainability,” said LADWP General Manager David H. Wright. “I look forward to her valuable insight as we continue to improve our customer relations, adopt clean energy solutions and enhance the sustainability of our water supply.”
“I’m very grateful to Mayor Garcetti for his trust and confidence in me to represent the ratepayers and help oversee LADWP as it continues to transform its water and energy future,” said Reyes. “I’m very humbled, honored and privileged to be here. I’m going to roll up my sleeves and get to work.”