Juan F. Garza
Juan F. Garza is Vice President at Englander Knabe & Allen in Los Angeles. With over 15 years of political, government and public relations experience, Juan has developed an extensive network of relationships with elected officials & related staff, regulatory agencies at the local, regional, state & national levels, numerous organizations of industry-specific strategic interest, and organized labor organizations. Having worked in the public and private sectors, Juan’s unique perspective on both sides of an issue are instrumental. Prior to joining the firm, Juan was engaged in and advocated on behalf of a broad variety of industries, including harbor, water, waste, public transportation, security and real estate.
Among the issues he has successfully represented agencies include the Port’s industry-leading environmental initiatives such as the Green Port Policy, San Pedro Bay Ports Clean Air Action Plan, Clean Trucks Program, Gerald Desmond Bridge replacement, Middle Harbor Redevelopment Project, Pier G modernization and harbor dredging. He was also extensively involved in the Metropolitan Water District’s legislative outreach efforts and advocated on behalf water projects with local and regional impact, including seawater desalination research, state and federal water resources, local conjunctive use projects, expansion of recycled water use, industry-leading water conservation outreach and practices, and water security.
In addition, he has worked on projects that advocated an increased use of alternative-fueled vehicles in the harbor, waste and public transportation industries in partnership with the South Coast Air Quality Management District. He has advocated for increased household waste diversion and materials recycling with local and county officials including the Sanitation Districts of Los Angeles County, issues related to increased public transportation use and improved highway infrastructure funding in partnership with Los Angeles County Metro and managed real estate services nationwide on behalf of the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development. Juan has also served in the military in the United States Army and the California National Guard at various posts as an Infantryman.
As a manager of operations and projects, he has been responsible for annual operating budgets up to $90 million, generated annual revenues up to $120 million, successfully lobbied and obtained over $350 million in public funding and managed headcounts up to 350 employees.
A Councilman in the City of Bellflower and native of Southeast Los Angeles County, Juan earned a Master of Public Administration, a Bachelor of Arts in Geography and a Certificate in Urban & Regional studies, all from California State University, Long Beach. He and his wife Mayra have three young sons.