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Ronald O. Nichols
General Manager
Los Angeles Department of Water and Power


Ronald Nichols provides leadership for the utility in supplying reliable and competitively priced water and electricity while continuing to maintain and implement environmentally conscious policies and priorities. He was confirmed as General Manager by the Los Angeles City Council on January 18, 2011.

He has 35 years of experience in the electric and water utility industry, with particular depth in California and adjoining states. He has been a strategic and operational advisor to public power and investor-owned utilities, state and local government, and the financial community on complex energy and water supply and utility matters throughout the U.S.

Prior to his position as General Manager at the LADWP, he was a managing director at the energy practice of Navigant Consulting, an international consulting organization with over 2,000 employees. From 1980 to 1997, before his position at Navigant, he was a co-founder and Senior Vice President of the energy and water utility consulting firm, Resource Management International, which was headquartered in Sacramento. Prior to starting his energy and water utility consulting career in 1980, he held positions with the California Department of Water Resources and the California Energy Commission.

He is a graduate of the University of California, Davis with a degree in agricultural economics and business management.