APWA January 2018 Luncheon

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City of Phoenix Forecast


Chris Ewell (Street Transportation) T2050/CIP street & mobility projects
Chris Ewell is an Arizona native and has spent the last 19 years providing public facilities for Arizona residents. He has extensive public outreach experience on projects such as the Echo Canyon Recreation Area Renovations and the Patriots Square/CityScape Project. Chris has experience managing projects up to $170M in value and has administered over $120 million in CIP grants. Chris currently serves as the City of Phoenix Deputy Street Transportation Director over the Design and Construction Management Division. Chris has a Master’s in Public Administration with an Urban Management Concentration and a BS in Landscape Architecture from Arizona State University. In his free time, he enjoys hiking with his daughter and playing video games with his son.

Michael James (High Capacity Transit/BRT) BRT program
Mike James joined the City of Phoenix in May 2017, as the first Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) Administrator, after having spent four and a half years planning rail and transit corridors at the Seattle Department of Transportation. He has more than 20 years of transportation experience, including work with Valley Metro, the city of Mesa, and as a private consultant. He received his Master’s in Urban and Regional Planning from Eastern Washington University, an undergraduate degree in Landscape Architecture from Washington State University and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners. 

Patty Kennedy
(Water Services Deputy Director) Water Services Department’s projects.
Patty Kennedy is the Deputy Director of Wastewater Engineering with the City of Phoenix Water Services Department.  She has been with the Wastewater Engineering Section for 10 years, the City of Phoenix for over 17 years, and has more than 22 years of experience in the water / wastewater industry.  Currently she oversees a variety of projects including lift stations, wastewater treatment plant upgrades, and sewer rehabilitation projects.  Patty is a member of ASCE, WEF, AWWA, and AZWater.  She currently sits on the Board of Directors for AZWater, participates in exam development for the FE exam through NCEES, and is a member of the budget and audit committee for WEF.

lbert Santana (High Capacity Transit Director) Moderator
Albert Santana has worked for the City of Phoenix since 1997.  He has worked in the City Manager’s Office since 2007 and currently serves as the Director of High Capacity Transit.  In this role, he is responsible for the oversight of both the City’s light rail transit and bus rapid transit programs.  These areas include construction/project management, transit oriented development, operations, acquisitions, business assistance, planning, and community relations.  

His duties also involve leading the development of 42 new miles of light rail along with a 5-mile urban circulator which in total is a $8.9 billion program.  Additionally, he has the oversight of 75 miles of future bus rapid transit extensions in Phoenix.  He is also responsible for the City of Phoenix light rail capital and operating budgets along with supervising the transit oriented develop program along the existing and future extensions.  To date the 26-mile light rail system has experienced $10.2 billion of economic development investment within a ¼ mile radius.  Recently, he helped lead efforts on the approval of Phoenix Transportation 2050, which is the largest transportation initiative in the City’s history.  This $31.5 billion program includes adding 42 miles of light rail, 75 miles of new bus rapid transit, major increases to bus service, over 1,000 miles of bike lanes and major improvement to street transportation infrastructure.     

Before this position, Albert worked in a variety of City departments, and worked for five years as the co-chair of the City’s Latino Institute program, an organization that provides vital education and health resources to the community.  He is currently the President of the Phoenix Hispanic Network which is a City of Phoenix employee organization that strives to promote the advancement of Latino employees by means of professional development opportunity, civic engagement/awareness and networking opportunities.  Albert also serves on the Arizona State University Los Diablos Board which helps to provide scholarships and mentorship opportunities for Latino students applying to attend or currently attending ASU. He also helped lead Phoenix’s efforts on the 2010 Census working with the US Census Regional Office.  And in 2005, Albert was selected as one of 3 candidates nationally to participate in the City of Phoenix Management Intern program.

He received his Bachelors of Science in Business Marketing and a minor in Public Administration from Arizona State University and his Masters in Organization Management from University of Phoenix


10:00am APWA Arizona Board of Directors Meeting (Open to all Members)
11:30am Registration and Networking
11:50am Lunch and Welcome by APWA President Loretta Flick
12:00pm Update on projects from municipalities
12:15pm Program
1:00pm Adjourn

One Professional Development Hour will be provided.


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Event Date & Time:

1/17/2018  11:30 AM - 1/17/2018  1:00 PM

Venue :

Phoenix Country Club
2901 N. 7th Street
Phoenix , AZ , 85014

Contact Person :

Sheila Hamilton
Email : sheila@gettingitdone.org
Phone : (623) 581-3597
Company : APWA Arizona
Title : Chapter Administrator

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