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Gilbert Ivey, At-Large

Gilbert F. Ivey is the President and CEO of Gilbert F Ivey & Associates, LLC, which provides executive coaching, business development, public policy, and strategic planning services. Gilbert F Ivey & Associates, LLC provides leadership training and staff development, and facilitates organizational transformations that result in increased job satisfaction, employee retention, and more effective and efficient productivity. 


Gilbert Ivey served as the 2016 Chairman of the Los Angeles County Business Federation (BizFed), which is a diverse grassroots alliance of more than 155 business organizations that represent over 300,000 businesses with three million employees. Mr. Ivey currently serves as the 2018 Chair of the BizFed Institute. Through the Institute, he educates, engages, equips, and measures consensus solutions from civically minded nonprofit, academic, and regional thought leaders for the purpose of building strong communities throughout California. 


He currently is the Chairman of the LaVerne Planning Commission, recently recognized for the Old Town LaVerne strategic plan. He is a member of the Advisory Board of Directors for the LA County Fairplex. He also is a newly appointed Board Member for Hillcrest, the largest retirement community in LaVerne. 


His involvement extends beyond SanGabriel Valley; he is a member of the Foundation Board of Directors for CSUDH and he is a member of the UCLA Sustainability Advisory Board. 


He is a highly sought after motivational speaker as he rose from the streets of Compton, California to becoming the highest-ranking African American in the nation’s water industry. He has more than 45 years of comprehensive water utility experience with The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, the largest wholesale water agency in the nation. His strengths include fostering cooperation and building consensus among diverse stakeholders, ensuring execution of Board directed policies, developing strategy, negotiating complex and long-term agreements, establishing and communicating vision, and building cooperative management teams.

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