San Fernando’s public works director and city engineer was sworn in Tuesday as the city’s representative on the board of directors of the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California.
Yazdan “Yaz” Emrani succeeds San Fernando Mayor Sylvia Ballin, who had served on the 38-member board since September 2007.
Emrani has 30 years of experience in civil and environmental engineering, including planning, design and construction management of infrastructure improvement projects in both the public and private sectors.
According to Metropolitan, Emrani has been involved with wastewater collection system planning and design and has worked closely with the State Water Resources Control Board in conducting educational seminars for cities and public agencies.
He began his career as a design engineer in Maryland and relocated to Orange County, where he co-founded an engineering consulting practice. He has taught engineering classes at the UC Irvine and served on the advisory board for the UCI Dean of Engineering.
He represents the city of San Fernando on the Upper Los Angeles River Steering Committee and was recently elected vice chair. In that position, he serves as a liaison to the Greater Los Angeles County Integrated Regional Water Management Leadership Council, which provides guidance to address the water resources needs of the region.