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Customer-owned since 1895.

Executive Staff

Meet the executive managers of Riverside Public Utilities.

 


 

Girish Balachandran

Girish Balachandran

General Manager

girish@riversideca.gov

Girish Balachandran is a 24-year veteran of California municipal utilities (including water, electricity and natural gas). Currently he is the General Manager of Riverside Public Utilities (RPU), which serves electricity to approximately 105,000 customers and water to approximately 65,000 customers, and is one of the largest municipal utilities in California.

 

Kevin S. Milligan

Kevin S. Milligan

Deputy General Manager

kmilligan@riversideca.gov

Kevin S. Milligan was named the Deputy General Manager for Riverside Public Utilities in December 2014. He started his career with RPU in 1984 as an entry level engineering aide, advancing steadily to principal water engineer before joining the executive management staff in 2005.

He is a registered professional engineer and holds a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Redlands.

Milligan is a lifelong resident of Riverside. He attended local Riverside schools and graduated from Arlington High School.

He is active in local, regional, and national water industry groups, including the Water Management Committee of the Association of California Water Agencies and the Management and Regulatory Committees of the Association of Metropolitan Water Agencies. He is a member of the American Water Works Association, the American Society of Civil Engineers, Engineers Without Borders – USA, and the Environmental and Water Resources Institute.

He currently serves on the board of directors for the Gage Canal Company and the Meeks and Daley Water Company. He is also a member of the San Bernardino Valley Municipal Water District Advisory Commission on Water Policy.

 

Laura Chavez-Nomura

Laura Chavez-Nomura

Assistant General Manager | Finance & Administration

lnomura@riversideca.gov

Laura Chavez-Nomura is the Assistant General Manager, Finance/Administration for Riverside Public Utilities. Her areas of responsibility currently include overseeing all utility financial-related activities, including operating and capital budgets, accounting and financial reporting, financial forecasting, bond issuances, internal and external audits, rate administration and rate structuring, and utility billing.

Chavez-Nomura started her public service career in 1998 when she joined RPU as a Principal Analyst for finance and rates. Before serving in her current role, Chavez-Nomura also served as Finance Director for the California cities of Hemet and Irwindale and also served as the Controller for the City of Riverside.

Prior to joining public service, Chavez-Nomura worked as an audit manager for McGladrey & Pullen, LLP, a national accounting and management consulting firm that operates through 90 locations in the United States. Her primary focus was local government: cities, special districts and joint powers agencies.

Chavez-Nomura holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Accounting from California State University, Fullerton, and is a Certified Public Accountant. Chavez-Nomura serves on various committees of the Southern California Public Power Authority, the Intermountain Power Project, and San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station.

She is member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, California Society of Certified Public Accountants, Government Finance Officers Association, and is the current President of the California Society of Municipal Finance Officers Association.

 

Daniel E. Garcia

Daniel E. Garcia

Assistant General Manager | Resources

degarcia@riversideca.gov

Daniel E. Garcia is the Assistant General Manager, Resources for Riverside Public Utilities. His areas of responsibility currently include resource planning, strategic analytics, market operations, power generation, contracts (energy, gas and transmission), joint projects, and regulatory compliance relating to wholesale energy and transmission activities under the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, California Independent System Operator, California Energy Commission and North American Electric Reliability Corporation.

 

George Hanson

George Hanson

Assistant General Manager | Energy Delivery

grhanson@riversideca.gov

George Hanson was appointed the Assistant General Manager – Energy Delivery for Riverside effective January 1, 2017. Hanson has been with RPU since June 2010, and has served in a variety of roles for the utility including Engineering Manager and Electric Field Manager.

Prior to joining RPU, Hanson was the Electric Utility Manager for the City of Moreno Valley from 2007 until 2010. Hanson started his municipal career at the City of Corona, when he served as Assistant General Manager. Prior to that, Hanson worked nearly 10 years at Southern California Edison. He holds a Bachelors of Science degree from University of California Irvine and a Master of Science Degree from California State University Long Beach in Civil Engineering.

George is involved in several professional organizations and is currently a member of the Board of Directors for California Utilities Emergency Association. George is a registered Professional Engineer in California.

George has provided leadership and guidance helping RPU with multiple energy delivery related projects such as the Subtransmission Project, Casa Blanca Substation, and Riverside Transmission Reliability Project.

 

Todd Jorgenson

Todd Jorgenson

Assistant General Manager | Water

tjorgenson@riversideca.gov

Todd Jorgenson has served as the Assistant General Manager - Water for Riverside Public Utilities since October 2015. Jorgenson has been with RPU since July 2004, and has served in a variety of roles for the utility including: Senior Engineer, Principal Engineer, Water Operations Manager, and Water Engineering Manager.

Prior to joining RPU, Jorgenson held engineering positions at the Coachella Valley Water District and at Kleinfelder, Inc., in San Diego, CA. He holds a Bachelor’s of Science and a Master of Science degree in Civil Engineering from Brigham Young University and a Master of Business Administration degree from California State University San Bernardino.

Todd is involved with several professional organizations and is currently on the governing board of the California-Nevada Section of the American Water Works Association. He is also a California Professional Engineer and holds Level 2 certification in Water Distribution and Water Treatment from the California Department of Public Health.

Todd has provided leadership and guidance to promote forward thinking initiatives such as the water system automation project, the operational database management system and the water energy management master plan.

 

Daniel E. Garcia

Mujib Lodhi

Assistant General Manager | Operational Technology

mlodhi@riversideca.gov

Mujib Lodhi joins RPU from Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission (WSSC) with more than 20 years of experience in information technology management and leadership roles in academia and the water/wastewater industry. His strength will be strategic guidance on technology initiatives to help RPU meet its objectives for the coming year and beyond.

 

Michael J. Bacich

Vacant Position

Assistant General Manager | Customer Relations & Marketing