(L-R) Luis Cetina, Mehdi Emrani, Jason Lyon, Sam Pedroza
New officers for the Partnership Board of Directors were approved during the October board meeting. Please join us to welcome Luis Cetina, Mehdi Emrani, Jason Lyon, and Sam Pedroza. Below are their abridged bios.
Luis Cetina, Metropolitan Water District of Southern California
Luis Cetina is a principal government and regional affairs representative in the Legislative Services Section of the External Affairs Group at The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California (MWD). Luis joined MWD in 1986 as a student surveyor, and is currently responsible for promoting water policy among the members of the council of governments various chambers of commerce and economic partnerships of the San Gabriel Valley and Gateway Region and the state and federal elected officials of those regions.
Luis earned his B.S. degree in Civil engineering with emphasis on the environment from the California State Polytechnic University of Pomona.
Mehdi Emrani, Wells Fargo
Mehdi Emrani is a Regional Vice President with Wells Fargo Bank’s Middle Market Banking Group in the Greater Los Angeles East Region. Mehdi joined the company in 2005 and has spent the majority of his 13 years at Wells Fargo with the Middle Market Banking Group. Before joining Wells Fargo, Mehdi worked as a chemical engineer with Eastman Chemical supporting operations at manufacturing facilities throughout the Midwest and California.
Mehdi earned his B.S. degree in Chemical Engineering from Northwestern University and his M.B.A with concentrations in finance and marketing from USC’s Marshall School of Business.
Jason Lyon, Hahn & Hahn
D. Jason Lyon is a litigator at Hahn & Hahn LLP, a 119-year-old general service law firm in Pasadena. His practice focuses on commercial disputes as well as trust and employment matters. Jason earned his BA in film and television from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Prior to practicing law, he worked as a producer in documentaries and television commercials. Jason received his J.D. from the UCLA School of Law (Law Review, Michael T. Masin Scholar, Order of the Coif).
Sam Pedroza, City of Industry
Sam Pedroza has recently joined the City of Industry as its Public Affairs Manager. The newly created position will be responsible for the development and implementation of the city’s communication strategy and objectives. His responsibilities include the coordination of the city’s information, communications and public relations activities. Sam previously worked in the Public Information Section of the Sanitation Districts of Los Angeles County.
Sam has a B.S. degree in Public Administration from San Diego State University and a Master of Science in Urban Planning from UCLA.