June 5, 2008
LADWP NAMES CINDY MONTAÑEZ TO ITS EXECUTIVE TEAM
Montañez to serve as Special Advisor to the General Manager
In her new position, Montañez will be responsible for providing advisory services, advocacy, strategic analysis, and stakeholder development relative to California State policy and legislation, reported David Nahai, chief executive and general manager.
“Cindy is a key addition to the Department of Water and Power, and I am very pleased to welcome her to our executive team,” said Nahai. “In order to stay ahead of changes in the utility industry, it is critical for the LADWP to be proactively engaged in policy development at both the state and federal levels. I am confident that her political background will greatly assist our current efforts in the policy and legislative arena.”
Montañez’s political background includes serving as both mayor and councilmember for the City of San Fernando. She has served as state legislator for the California State Assembly – 39th District, and as chair of the Assembly Rules Committee. She also has served as commissioner for the City of Los Angeles’ Planning Department and state commissioner for the State of California, Unemployment Insurance Appeals Board.
“I am excited about this new phase of my career. I am prepared to work collaboratively with the Department’s executive team, and city, state and federal entities to enhance the Department’s position in the legislative and regulatory realms,” said Montañez. “There are challenges and opportunities facing the Department of Water and Power that will have a long-lasting impact on the environment, resource allocation, and utility operations. I look forward to being a part of the DWP at this exciting time in its history.”
A resident of Studio City, Montañez attended UCLA. She has achieved many firsts in her career. She was the youngest person ever elected to the San Fernando City Council in 1999. She was the youngest woman to ever win an Assembly seat, and in 2004 was the first woman ever appointed as chairperson of the Assembly Rules Committee.
The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, the nation’s largest municipal utility, provides reliable, low-cost water and power services to Los Angeles residents and businesses in an environmentally responsible manner. LADWP services about 1.4 million electric customers and 680,000 water customers in Los Angeles.
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