Mr. Antonio Perez is an engineering executive and manager with over 30-years of experience in both the public and private sectors.
In 2016, Mr. Perez along with partner Jake Brown co-founded JATON LLC, a renewable energy company developing solar energy-generating facilities throughout California, providing customers with 100% renewable energy through California’s Enhanced Community Renewables Program. JATON LLC’s mission is to assist California in becoming completely energy-independent, by developing over 100-MW of renewable solar energy generation within the next 5-years.
Prior to forming JATON, Mr. Perez served as General Manager for the Central Basin Municipal Water District, a special water district of the state of California serving over 27cities in southeast Los Angeles County. As General Manager, Mr. Perez managed the District’s $70-million annual budget, overseeing all aspects of the organization including operations, engineering, finance, legal, legislative and political, human resources and administrative.
Prior to CBMWD, Mr. Perez served as the Director of Operations and Business Development for D R Consultants and Designers Inc. (DRC), a minority owned/woman-owned engineering firm in Los Angeles. At DRC, Mr. Perez reported to the owner and Chief Executive Officer and was responsible for managing four, 50-employee divisions (Municipal, Transportation, Project Management and Federal). Mr. Perez was responsible for overseeing all aspects of the business including operations, business development and marketing, budget and finance, product quality/delivery, and project controls.
While at the Metropolitan Water District, Mr. Perez designed and managed some of the largest hydraulic projects in Metropolitan’s history including the Inland Feeder Project, Diamond Valley Lake Reservoir, Etiwanda Reservoir/Power Plant, and the San Diego Canal Relocation.
Mr. Perez is a Registered Professional Civil Engineer in the state of California, and received his B.S. in Civil Engineering from U.C. Berkeley and Masters in Business Administration from Pepperdine University. A member of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) and the American Water Works Association (AWWA), he has also served as Chairman for the Pipeline Technical Group of ASCE. Mr. Perez derives a great deal of satisfaction volunteering his time as a Supervising Engineer for Engineers without Borders.