DWP Names Raman Raj
as Human Resources DirectorRancho Palos Verdes resident Raman Raj has been appointed assistant general manager and human resources director for the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power.Raj formerly served as managing director of employee and labor relations for the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA).He
was selected for his
leadership and experience in labor relations, workers compensation and other various areas of human resources, said David Freeman, DWP general manager.
"As the Department of Water and Power rebuilds and redefines itself, our success depends heavily on the teamwork and commitment of our employees.Mr. Raj's vast experience in team building and human resources leadership are definitely assets to the department."
As human resources director for the nation's largest municipal utility, Raj
is responsible for labor relations, training, medical services, personnel services, family care, worker's compensation, the equal opportunity office and the employee assistance program.He also heads DWP's security unit.
The workforce at DWP
has been reduced from 11,000 employees to 6,700 over the past few years as part of a cost-cutting strategy to prepare the utility to compete in the new deregulated marketplace.
Coming into this environment, Raj
says, "My goals are to establish a collaborative working relationship with the unions representing DWP's
employees, improve employee morale, and provide retraining for employees who are now taking on new responsibilities."During his three years heading employee and labor relations at MTA, Raj directed the pension fund management, union relations, compensation and training for the second largest transit agency in the nation, with 8,000 employees and a budget of $5 billion.Prior to joining MTA, Raj served as director of compensation and human resources information systems at Kaiser Permanente from 1993 to 1995.In that position, he managed the compensation programs for the nation's largest HMO.He
also successfully negotiated with several unions representing 22,000 employees.From 1989 to 1992, Raj was the director of compensation, benefits and HRIS at Nichols Institute in San Juan Capistrano.Before then, he served as manager of compensation and benefits for the Flying Tigers Line in Los Angeles.Raj began his human resources management career at the Southland Corporation in Dallas, TX, where he served as operations personnel manager.A native of Hyderabad, India, Raj received a bachelor's degree in economics from Osmania University in his hometown.He moved to the United States in 1970 and earned an MBA from Hardin-Simmons University in Abilene, Texas in 1973.He
holds a certificate in employee relations law from the Institute for Applied Management and Law
, and earned the status of professional in human resources from the Society of Human Resources Management
.Active in professional organizations, Raj is on the board of trustees of the International City Manager's Association Retirement Corporation, and serves on the board of the Association of Public Human Resources Management.He also is a member of the steering committee of the Saxophone Club of the Democratic National Committee.Raj
is married to Mrinalini, and has one son.
Contact:Department of Water & Power