American Society for 
Public Administration 
Southern California 
February 2014 Newsletter

Southern California ASPA's
66th Annual Awards Banquet
Wednesday, June 25, 2014 
at the California Endowment

Event registration and award nominations to 
open soon. In the meantime, visit to learn more 
about the award categories and past recipients.
Join us at an upcoming student-professional event near you! This spring, SoCal ASPA is partnering with USC, Cal State University, Fullerton, and University of La Verne to bring students and professionals an opportunity to network and hear from a series of notable guest speakers. Here's a look at the current speaker line-up:
Feb. 18: USC Price Bedrosian Center
Women in Public Administration
Date: Tuesday, February 18
Time: 4:30-6:30 p.m.
Location: USC University Park Campus,
Ralph and Goldy Lewis Hall (RGL), Room 308
Guest Speakers:
Geraldine Knatz
Former Executive Director of the Port of Los Angeles
In January 2006, Geraldine Knatz, Ph. D., became the first female Executive Director of the Port of Los Angeles. She oversaw the daily operations and internal management of the nation's number one containerport. 

Dr. Knatz was instrumental in the creation and implementation of the San Pedro Bay Ports Clean Air Action Plan to reduce air emissions from port operations by roughly 50 percent over a period of five years. Her efforts facilitated the first joint meeting of the leaders of the two ports since the 1920s and the first ever public meeting of the two Port Boards on the day the Plan was approved. Since then, the Plan has paved the way for the Los Angeles Harbor Commission to approve two major container terminal expansion projects and a new deep-draft marine oil terminal on Pier 400.

She previously served as managing director of the neighboring Port of Long Beach. As the number two executive at the Port of Long Beach, she oversaw a $2.3 billion capital improvement program and spearheaded a number of environmental initiatives, including development of the Green Port Policy. While her impressive tenure at the Port of Long Beach spans two decades, Dr. Knatz began her maritime career as an environmental scientist at the Port of Los Angeles in 1977.

Dr. Knatz earned two degrees from the University of Southern California: a doctorate in biological sciences and a Master of Science in environmental engineering, where she currently teaches in the Civil Engineering School. She also holds an undergraduate degree in zoology from Rutgers University.  
Gina Marie Lindsey
Executive Director of Los Angeles World Airports
Gina Marie Lindsey was appointed Executive Director of Los Angeles World Airports by Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa effective June 4, 2007. Her appointment was approved by the Los Angeles Board of Airport Commissioners and confirmed by the Los Angeles City Council. Ms. Lindsey brought to her position 16 years of experience in airport management and a record of success in renovating and expanding international airports. One of her key responsibilities is continuing the modernization and regionalization efforts among LAWA's airports, and initiatives to update airport services.

Before joining LAWA, Ms. Lindsey was Executive Vice President of McBee Strategic Consulting, LLC, a government relations and aviation consulting firm in Washington, D.C. Prior to that post, she was Managing Director for the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (Sea-Tac) where she was responsible for the operations, maintenance, and strategic and financial planning of the airport, which serves nearly 30 million passengers a year. Under her guidance, Sea-Tac took on a $3-billion, 7-year capital improvement project, including the construction of a new runway, demolition and reconstruction of a concourse, and major refurbishments. In recognition of her work on the remodel, an arrivals pavillion, the Gina Marie Lindsey Arrivals Hall, was named in her honor.

Ms. Lindsey was appointed by the U.S. Secretary of Transportation to the Executive Council for Next Generation Air Transportation System and the Airport Cooperative Research Board, and also has served on the World Board of Directors for the Airports Council International and chaired the Airports Council International-North America in 2003. 

March 20: Cal State University, Fullerton
Importance of relationship building across sectors
Date: Thursday, March 20, 2014
Time: 4:30-6:30 p.m.
Location: Alumni House, 
800 N. State College Blvd., Fullerton
Registration open soon
Guest Speakers:
Hasan Ikhrata
Executive Director of Southern California Association of Governments
Considered one of the preeminent transportation planning experts in the nation, Hasan Ikhrata is the executive director of the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG), the largest metropolitan planning organization in the United States. Appointed in January 2008, Mr. Ikhrata has over 25 years of public and private sector experience in transportation planning in Southern California. At SCAG, Mr. Ikhrata implements the policies of an 83-member Regional Council and directs day-to-day operations of the agency. He is credited with being a transformational and unifying leader who has enhanced SCAG's value to member agencies and fostered unprecedented levels of public input and participation in the development of regional transportation plans.

Prior to joining SCAG in 1994, Mr. Ikhrata worked for the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA), the South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD), and also worked abroad for the USSR government, Moscow Metro Corporation.

Mr. Ikhrata has received several awards and honors from various organizations and agencies including MOVE LA, for Outstanding Leadership as Executive Director of SCAG in preparation of the 2012 Regional Transportation Plan/Sustainable Communities Strategy. He has also been recognized by the American Society of Public Administration (ASPA), Southern California Leadership Council (SCLC), Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA), Orange County Council of Governments (OCCOG), Orange County Business Council, Orange County Division, League of California Cities, and numerous others.

Mr. Ikhrata holds a Bachelor's and a Master's degree in Civil and Industrial Engineering from Zaporozhye University in the former Soviet Union; a Master's degree in Civil Engineering from UCLA and a Ph.D. candidacy in Urban Planning and Transportation from USC.

David Cavazos
City Manager of Santa Ana
David Cavazos began serving as City Manager of Santa Ana, California in October 2003, with more than 25 years of public management experience. He encourages a team approach to problem solving and believes that solutions are achieved by working together.

Previously, Mr. Cavazos was the City Manager of Phoenix, Arizona where he began his career as an intern. In his role as Phoenix City Manager, he trimmed the Phoenix budget, streamlined its permitting processes and helped revitalize its downtown. Under his leadership, Phoenix successfully turned around a historic deficit into a surplus within two years and maintained a "AAA" bond rating during his tenure as City Manager.

Throughout his career, Mr. Cavazos has actively participated on non-profit boards for the Chamber of Commerce, local children's hospital and downtown civic organizations. His charitable work includes the following awards: United Cerebral Palsy of Arizona Champion for Life Award (2013), Arizona Leukemia and Lymphoma Society Award Recipient (2011), and the United States Arizona SBA Small Business Advocate of the Year Award (2000).

Mr. Cavazos has a Master of Science degree in Management and Public Policy from Carnegie Mellon University. He is certified Economic Development Finance Professional Council of Urban and Economic Development (EDFP). He is accredited Airport Executive AAAE American Association of Airport Executives.

Jan Mittermeier
Chief Operating Officer of Cofiroute USA
As the chief operating officer for Cofiroute USA, Jan Mittermeier is responsible for overseeing all operations of the company. She also served as the Cofiroute USA program manager for the 91 Express Lanes for seven years. Ms. Mittermeier is a recognized authority in strategic planning and organizational management.
Her more than 30 years of previous experience includes serving in various executive management positions in both government and private industries. Her accomplishments include managing a $300 million expansion for the John Wayne Airport in Orange County and developing and implementing the workout plan that enabled the county of Orange to emerge from the biggest municipal bankruptcy in history just 18 months after Ms. Mittermeier took over as county CEO. 

Ms. Mittermeier has received accolades from numerous organizations, including the National Association of Business Owners, the League of Women Voters and the Women's League of America in honor of her professional accomplishments and expertise. She has been named as one of Governing Magazine's National Public Officials of the Year, one of the Orange County Business Journal's Most Influential People in Orange County, granted the California State University, Long Beach Distinguished Alumna Award, named 2009 Woman of the Year by the California State Legislature, and has been awarded a certificate of special congressional recognition.

Ms. Mittermeier earned an MBA in business administration and graduated summa cum laude with a bachelor's degree in accounting from California State University, Long Beach.  
April 24: University of La Verne
Date: Thursday, April 24, 2014
Time: 6:00-9:00 p.m.
Location: TBD
 Guest Speaker:
Ronald Loveridge
Former Mayor of the City of Riverside and 
Director of UCR Center for Sustainable Suburban Development
Ronald Loveridge has 33 years of public service - as a Riverside Councilmember beginning in 1979 and as Mayor from 1994 to 2012. He is a highly regarded regional, state and national leader. At the national level, he was very involved on the Executive Committee and Board of the National League of Cities, making policy calls and decisions on behalf of some 19,000 cities and towns across the nation. He also served as President of the National League of Cities in 2010. 

Mayor Loveridge is a member of the National Academy of Public Policy. His statewide and regional service has included Board roles on the broadest array of important organizations: the California Air Resources Board, California Forward Action Fund, California Competes, South Coast Air Quality Management District, Southern California Association of Governments, Western Riverside Council of Governments, and Inland Empire Economic Partnership.

A Stanford doctoral graduate, Mayor Loveridge teaches an extremely popular political science course at UC Riverside. Loveridge's research investigates urban politics and public policy, particularly environmental policy. 


September 26, 2013 
Student-Professional Dinner at University of La Verne
SoCal ASPA presented its second student-professional dinner discussion in partnership with the University of La Verne School of Public and Business Management. Approximately 100 students, professors and professionals gathered for an informal evening of discussion about leadership, public service, and other interesting topics with guest speaker San Bernardino County CEO, Greg Devereaux. The event, which included a hosted wine and beer reception and a full buffet dinner, was generously sponsored by Randall W. Lewis, Executive Vice President of the Lewis Group of Companies.

October 21, 2013
Student-Professional Dinner at the Ovrom Residence
Bud and Denise Ovrom opened up their Burbank home again for another intimate and interactive evening with two prominent City Managers, Ron Gould, City Manager of Santa Monica, and Scott Ochoa, City Manager of Glendale. 23 students and professionals enjoyed an informal dinner and the City Managers shared their personal stories and perspectives on the current and future condition of the profession of local government management.
November 12, 2013 
Student-Professional Dinner at CSUDH
SoCal ASPA partnered with California State University, Dominguez Hills Public Policy Institute of the College of Business and Public Policy to present the first student-professional networking event on the CSUDH campus. Guest panel speakers Robert Pittman, Chief Information Security Officer for Los Angeles County, Steven Golightly, Director of the Los Angeles County Child Support Services Department, and Tom Bonigut, Assistant City Engineer at the City of San Clemente spoke to students and professionals about their career paths and discussed their opinions on whether a career in the public sector is rewarding.




Student-Professional Event at USC

February 18, 2014
4:30-6:30 p.m.
Register online here.

USC University Park Campus, Ralph and Goldy Lewis Hall (RGL), Room 308

$10 on campus



Call for 66th Annual Awards Nominations

March 2014
Please find the awards categories and past recipients online here.


Student-Professional Event at CSUF

March 20, 2014
4:30-6:30 p.m. 
Registration open soon.

Cal State University, Fullerton Alumni House 



Student-Professional Event at University of 

La Verne

April 10, 2014
6:00-9:00 p.m.


TBD (on ULV campus)



66th Annual Awards Banquet & Installation Event
June 25, 2014
11 a.m. - 2 p.m. 

The California Endowment



We would like to hear from you!

The ASPA Southern California Chapter Council is planning additional panel discussions and student/professional networking events. If you have suggestions for issues you would like to see explored in a panel discussion, are interested in hosting a student professional dinner, or in getting more information about any of our events and our chapter, 
please e-mail


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