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Gary Lee Moore

Gary Lee Moore is the City Engineer of the City of Los Angeles, leading a world-class organization of professional engineers and civil servants dedicated to sustaining and transforming Los Angeles into the world’s most livable city. As the general manager of the Bureau of Engineering, he is responsible for the City’s vast network of public infrastructure, which includes the planning, design, and construction of all public facilities, management of billions of dollars of voter-approved public bond funds, and the delivery of cross-sector local government programs that serve millions of residents and businesses in diverse neighborhoods and industries. With more than 28 years of public service, Mr. Moore is an accomplished executive and professional engineer, who is responsible for an annual operating budget of $149 million and 400 active projects totaling $2.9 billion. Since he began his tenure as City Engineer in 2003, Mr. Moore has been responsible for the completion of 1,357 projects and 3,000 emergency sewer repairs totaling more than $5.2 billion.

Mr. Moore leads a highly trained and talented team of engineers, architects, surveyors and technical support staff in delivering comprehensive, innovative engineering services by using best-in-class management practices and fostering multi-agency collaborations that are transparent and accountable. For instance, he developed and directed a nationally recognized and award winning capital improvement project benchmarking study with seven of the largest cities in the State of California to help maximize the fiscal responsibility and efficient use of public funds. This process achieved new, better and more universal standards of performance in inter-municipal cooperation and accountability to public constituencies.

Mr. Moore has a proven track record in the delivery of projects that embrace the goals of sustainable development; during his tenure, many building projects have been successfully certified according to the US Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) standards, incorporating advances in green design, construction and operation technologies that reflect the highest levels of environmental quality and natural resource stewardship. These principles are reflected in all of Mr. Moore’s projects, including police and fire stations, libraries, water quality facilities, animal shelters, the Los Angeles Zoo, recreation and park facilities, streets and bridges, sewers, storm drains, and wastewater treatment plants as well as in the regulation of private development affecting the public right-of-way. Two of his notable achievements are the $93 million renovation and expansion of the Griffith Observatory (2006) and design and construction of the $450 million Police Administration Building (2009).

For almost a decade Mr. Moore has worked closely with city leaders in championing revitalization of the Los Angeles River. The Los Angeles River flows 51 miles through the nation's 2nd-largest urban agglomeration, drains an 870 square-mile watershed, and directly connects to the world's largest water body: the Pacific Ocean. In 2005, the City Council directed Mr. Moore to develop a master plan for the river’s revitalization. After working closely with federal, state, and local government partners and countless nonprofit organizations, community groups, and individuals, involving nearly 20 formal public meetings and more than 40 working groups with community stakeholders, Mr. Moore’s team delivered the long-range Los Angeles River Revitalization Master Plan, which was adopted by the City Council in 2007. The Plan envisions an extensive network of parks, trails, wildlife habitat, recreation, and community revitalization amenities along the River. With an implementation horizon of 20-50 years, the Plan recommends more than 240 projects at an estimated total build-out cost of more than $2 billion and a new three-tiered governance system. Since its adoption, the Plan has attracted multiple awards and more than $40 million. The Plan’s implementation is being overseen by the new Los Angeles River Special Project Office, which reports directly to Mr. Moore.

For his leadership, Mr. Moore has received numerous awards and honors that recognize his dedication to public service and the field of engineering. For five consecutive years (2007-2012) he received the Construction Management Association of America, Southern California Chapter’s “Distinguished Owner Honoree Award” for his consistent work in delivering professional construction management services. In 2010, he received the Green Solution Project of the Year Award for the South Los Angeles Wetland Park, which provides new publicly-accessible natural open space and helps achieve state and federal water pollution reduction goals. In 2008, he received the Community Impact Award for the City of Los Angeles Green Building Program from the Los Angeles Business Council for his work as a green building leader and for the management of new LEED projects. He has also won recognition from the local chapters of the American Institute of Architects, Consulting Engineers and Land Surveyors of California, Asian American Architects/Engineers Association, City of Los Angeles Quality and Productivity Commission, and he received the Friends of the Los Angeles River’s Merrill Butler Award for his Los Angeles River restoration efforts.

Mr. Moore graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles with a Bachelor of Science degree in engineering and completed the UCLA Anderson School of Management’s Executive Organizational Leadership Program. He is a registered Professional Civil and Mechanical Engineer in California, has authored and co-authored many research papers and has presented his work at a wide variety of professional conferences.