Mayor Garcetti today announced the appointment of Luz Rivas to the Board of Public Works, filling the vacancy left by the resignation of Commissioner Monica Rodriguez. Commissioner Rivas has built a long career at the intersection of engineering, education and public service — most recently as founder and executive director of a non-profit group dedicated to increasing girls' interest in science and technology. She has developed partnerships between science educators and STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) research institutions, taught service learning for engineering undergraduates at USC, and worked to increase diversity at Caltech. She began her professional life as an electrical engineer for Motorola after earning a Bachelor of Science from M.I.T. and a Master of Education from Harvard University.
"Luz Rivas has been dedicated to public service throughout her life. She followed her engineering training with a master's in education, led outreach programs for underrepresented students at Caltech, and most recently founded DIY Girls — a STEM non-profit in Pacoima that serves girls from fifth through twelfth grades. Her expertise and civic spirit make her an ideal commissioner for our Board of Public Works." — Mayor Eric Garcetti