Eliot Engel

She began fighting climate change as a child. Now she sits on the DWP board

She began fighting climate change as a child. Now she sits on the DWP board

Aura Vasquez runs a consulting business that bears her name and is one of five commissioners on the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power’s board. Vasquez, 39, provides environmental and political consulting as the sole employee of her firm, which she bolsters as needed by hiring contractors. Her consulting work includes the successful push for a law that requires utilities to produce 50% of their electricity from clean energy sources by 2030 and to reduce greenhouse gas levels to 40% below 1990 levels. At the DWP, the nation’s largest municipal utility, her potential impact is broad as the utility employs more than 9,000 people and serves 647,000 water customers and 1.4 million...

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