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CHIEF VENDOR/CONTRACT MANAGEMENT OFFICER
Debra is a multi-faceted leader of corporate supply chain management with 25 years of comprehensive experience, expertise and successful results streamlining operations and logistics. Most recently she was appointed Chief Vendor/Contract Management Officer to lead LA Metro’s procurement department which includes Procurement, Supply Chain Management, Diversity & Economic Opportunity Department (DEOD), and Client Services.
Previously, she was the Sr. Supply Management Director at Southern California Edison, one of the largest utilities in the United States, where she oversaw the strategic direction and operations of an over $4B spend. Debra has extensive skills creating and deploying integrated supply models and high-efficiency processes that meet and exceed supply chain goals for the company. She has achieved $50M savings as a result of a Category Management renegotiation on a $600M spend category. Debra led an Ariba software implementation and achieved annual savings of $11M, and implemented an integrated supply model that increased the productivity of her team. She has held various Senior positions within Supply Management, overseeing strategic initiatives and managing spend. Debra’s cross-functional leadership and collaboration with team members and stakeholders of the supply chain consistently result in improving efficiency and/or reducing costs.
Debra is a champion of small business and diversity inclusion initiatives and is working to fulfill Metro’s mission to ensure that small and historically underutilized businesses are provided a level playing field on which to compete and be awarded contracts. At Metro she has already begun to support the vision of the CEO, making the culture of procurement customer focused and cutting edge. As Metro reshapes the way people travel to work and to play, she sets a measurable standard of excellence for the entire agency.
Debra was born and raised in Los Angeles County. She is committed to seeing all sectors of the County benefit from the major infrastructure boom that has resulted from the investment of public dollars into Metro’s transportation improvement initiatives. Under her leadership, the small business community has seen marked improvement in contracting opportunities and the Construction Career Policy that her department administers, has been responsible for a marked increase of minorities and women working on Metro construction projects. In addition, she oversees the Agency creation of pathways for young people who want a career in the vast transportation industry. Her passion for inclusion is one of her most notable professional and personal characteristics.
Debra’s early career experience includes the City of Los Angeles Council District 14 as an assistant to the Chief Legislative Deputy and Press Deputy. She grew up in Rosemead and went to high school in Montebello. Debra has a Bachelor of Science degree from California State University, Los Angeles, and has been a board member of the Utility Supply Management Alliance (USMA) and an advisory board member of the University of San Diego Supply Chain Management Institute.