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Mr. Raman Raj

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Employment History

Board Memberships and Affiliations

Education

  • bachelor's degree , economics
    Osmania University
  • MBA
    Hardin-Simmons University
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Raman Raj Biography - LPPC
www.lppc.org, 10 Jan 2011 [cached]
Raman Raj
Chief Operating Officer Los Angeles Department of Water and Power
Mr. Raman Raj was appointed as the Chief Operating Officer of the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) on December 3, 2007.
Mr. Raj is responsible for the day-to-day operations of LADWP, the nation's largest municipal utility, serving 640,000 water customers and 1.4 million electric customers. He manages over 8,500 employees and an annual budget of more than four billion dollars and oversees the Senior Assistant General Managers of the Water and Power systems, the Chief Administrative Officer, and the Chief Financial Officer. Also reporting directly to Mr. Raj are Environmental Affairs and Sustainability Programs, Economic Development, Legislative and Regulatory Affairs, and the Retirement Office.
Mr. Raj has returned to LADWP, where he served as Assistant General Manager from 1999 to 2001 and was instrumental in forging a collaborative working relationship between management and labor unions. In his capacity as Chief Administrative Officer, he was responsible for the utility's Information Technology, Human Resources, Labor Relations, Procurement, Safety, Customer Services, and Integrated Support Services divisions.
Prior to returning to LADWP, Mr. Raj was president of Resources Roundtable Consulting, a public sector firm that specialized in municipal utility issues.
Mr. Raj has more than 30 years of experience in helping organizations develop their human capital strategy, infrastructure and leading-edge people systems necessary to improve customer service and competitive performance. Prior to his first tenure at LADWP, he served as a Managing Director of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, where he was responsible for directing pension fund management, labor relations, compensation and training for the second-largest transit agency in the nation.
Experienced in the private sector as well, Mr. Raj has held senior management positions at Kaiser Permanente, The Flying Tigers in Los Angeles, and The Southland Corporation in Dallas.
A native of Hyderabad, India, Mr. Raj holds a Bachelor's Degree in Economics and Political Science and an MBA. He also holds a Certificate in Employee Relations Law.
Mr. Raj currently serves on the Southern California Public Power Authority Board of Directors, the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation Board of Governors, as Vice Chair at Large of the Executive Committee for the Western Energy Institute and as a Member of the CEO Steering Committee for the Large Public Power Council.
Remarks By LADWP Chief ...
www.alpertbarr.com, 1 Mar 2011 [cached]
Remarks By LADWP Chief Operating Officer Raman Raj Regarding Board President Lee Kanon Alpert Dec 2010
DWP Names Raman Raj as Human Resources Director
www.ladwp.com, 19 Mar 1999 [cached]
DWP Names Raman Rajas Human Resources Director
Rancho 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
Who's on First, What's on Second -- The City Hall Comedy Show - Ron Kaye L.A.
ronkayela.com [cached]
Raman Raj, DWP's chief operating officer who is acting general manager, does have the authority but says he had nothing to do with it
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And don't forget Raman Raj's own conflict of interest issue as reported in this August 6, 2008 LAT/Zahniser article titled "Panel irate over DWP contracts": http://8.12.42.31/2008/aug/06/local/me-dwp6
Ron Kaye L.A.: February 2011 Archives
ronkayela.com, 1 Feb 2011 [cached]
Raman Raj, our Chief Operating Officer, is moving on from the Department to return to the private sector. Please join me in wishing Raman well in the next stage of his career. Effective today, any pending matters that would have required his attention should be forwarded to the office of the General Manager.
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Nichols unceremoniously announced the departure of chief operating officer Raman Raj to the staff Friday afternoon, the usual day for staff firings -- a point NIchols stressed with his pointed reference to "any pending matters" should be forwarded to his office.
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Raj was a key figure in the rate hikes fiasco last spring, gaining enormous authority during the chaos in management in recent years, and close ally of IBEW union boss Brian D'Arcy.
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Raj was hired by David Freeman during his first unfortunate reign as DWP general manager but fired not long after Freeman was dismissed.
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As Mayor Villaraigosa's deputy mayor for energy and the environment, Freeman forced General Manager David Nahai to rehire Raj in May 3008.
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The Story of Raman Raj and Brian D'Arcy: The Villains Who Wrecked the DWP
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