ISI is very pleased to announce the appointment of Mark Pestrella, PE, Director of Los Angeles County Public Works, to its Board of Directors. He fills the seat vacated by Gary Lee Moore (City of Los Angeles), who completed his term in 2022. ISI thanks Gary for his tireless leadership and dedication to ISI.
As communities and public agencies look to solutions like ISI’s signature Envision framework to achieve sustainability, equity, and resiliency in the built environment, ISI is fortunate to attract dedicated infrastructure professionals of outstanding caliber to join the leadership team at ISI.
Pestrella was nominated to ISI’s board by the American Public Works Association (APWA), one of the three national engineering organizations that co-founded ISI, along with the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) and the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC). He is a long-time APWA member and advocate for sustainable infrastructure. Under his leadership, LA County Public Works has set records in leading a sustainable infrastructure sector. In 2015, ISI publicly recognized his department as the first government agency in the US to credential 100 Envision Sustainability Professionals, and the number has now grown close to 400. In 2016, he successfully assisted the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors in adopting EnvisionTM as the infrastructure standard of the county, making the county one of the first public agencies in the US to do so.
“Mark Pestrella brings nearly four decades of experience providing leadership in the design, construction, operation, and maintenance of complex infrastructure systems of every description at LA County Public Works. His department, from the beginning, has been a key member and partner for ISI in advancing sustainable and resilient infrastructure practices,” says Anthony Kane, ISI’s president and CEO, and ex-officio board member.
As director of LA County Public Works, Mark Pestrella serves as the chief engineer of the Los Angeles County Flood Control District, the county road commissioner, and the county engineer.
With an annual budget of more than $2.7 billion and a workforce of 4,000 employees, Los Angeles County Public Works is the largest municipal public works agency in the United States, providing vital public infrastructure and civic services to more than 10 million people across a 4,000-square-mile service area. Its diverse operations are defined within the following business areas: water resources, transportation, environmental services, construction management, and municipal services.
Mr. Pestrella will serve alongside board Chair Michael Murcha (Madison Metropolitan Sewage District) and board members Erin Cooke (San Francisco International Airport), Lauren Evans (Pinyon Environmental), Sergio Pecori (Hanson Professional Services Inc.), and Renee Ring (Environmental Financial Consulting Group).
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