The Los Angeles Board of Public Works highlighted the leadership achievements of a half-dozen Latino city employees Friday in honor of National Hispanic Heritage Month.
The Department of Public Works employees were recognized for “breaking down barriers to reach leadership positions, promoting diversity and inclusion in the workplace, and setting an example for the next generation of the city workforce,” according to a board statement.
“While we’ve come a long way in our fight for equity and justice, we must always place importance in diversifying our workplaces and appoint leaders who reflect the communities they serve,” board Vice President Cecilia Cabello said. “I’m proud to celebrate our Latino employees who work tirelessly day in and day out to build and maintain the infrastructure of our city.”
National Hispanic Heritage Month celebrates the histories and cultures of Latino Americans whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central and South America.
— Angela Martinez, of the Bureau of Contract Administration, who is a principal construction inspector who previously provided specialized inspection work for the Los Angeles Zoo;
— Pedro Garcia, a civil engineer/project manager in the Bureau of Engineering who has been instrumental in various projects;
— Blanca Calderon, of the Los Angeles Sanitation and Environment, who’s a newly appointed government affairs liaison with a background in civil engineering and focus on civic engagement and government relations;
— Silvia Torres, of the Bureau of Street Lighting, the first woman to be appointed as superintendent of overseeing the construction of street lighting projects;
— Tina Navarro, of the Bureau of Street Services, who provides support to the executive director and assistant directors and handles calendars, correspondence and reports to the Board of Public Works and City Council; and
— Grisela Grace Hernandez, of the Office of the Board Secretariat. As a senior administrative clerk, she provides support to the Board of Public Works Commission on matters related to construction and risk management.