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Prominent Los Angeles businesswoman Linda Griego has been appointed to serve as a member of Southwest Water Company's board of directors.
Griego is president of Zapgo Entertainment Group, a developer and producer of television programming aimed at the young Latino market. She also serves as a board member for several prominent companies in the banking, construction and entertainment industries.
Anton C. Garnier, Southwest Water chairman, president and CEO, said, "Linda Griego's rich blend of experience in the public and private sectors is of tremendous value to Southwest Water, since well over half our total revenue is derived from contracts with cities and other public authority clients. Linda's insight into municipal politics, as well as her hands-on familiarity with public-private partnerships, will contribute significantly to Southwest Water as we work to further the growth and development of our business."
In addition to her work with Zapgo Entertainment, Griego is the managing general partner of Engine Co. No. 28 a successful Los Angeles restaurant and office complex. She serves as a board member of United California Bank, Blockbuster Inc., and Granite Construction Inc. She is also a Los Angeles director of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco.
Griego's career also includes extensive service in the public sector. A former deputy mayor of Los Angeles under Tom Bradley in the early '90s, Griego was in charge of economic development for the city and had oversight responsibility for the departments of Public Works, Building and Safety, Planning, and the Community Redevelopment Agency.
In addition, from 1994 until 1997, she served as president and chief executive officer of Rebuild LA a nonprofit corporation created to design and implement a riot recovery plan.
Appointed by President Bill Clinton in 1995, she served on the NAFTA's North American Development Bank Community Adjustment Committee from 1996 until 2000.
Commenting on her latest appointment, Griego said, "I am excited about serving on the board of Southwest Water. The company is very dynamic and forward thinking."
Southwest Water Company provides a broad range of services, including water production and distribution, wastewater collection and treatment, public works services and utility submetering. More than 1.5 million people in 29 states from coast to coast depend on Southwest Water for service.