Seth M. Wurzel, CGFM
Since 2005, Seth Wurzel has served as a financial consultant advising many cities, counties, redevelopment agencies and special districts on funding strategies for infrastructure improvements and services. Seth is an expert at developing and implementing financing plans that include impact fee programs and financing districts such as Mello-Roos Community Facilities Districts and Benefit Assessment Districts. Seth has also advised and represented land-use and redevelopment agencies in their negotiations with developers, developing key terms and provisions for funding, disposition and development agreements. Seth also has experience assisting local agencies with State and Federal funding program applications and administration.
Seth received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil Engineering with honors from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in Terre Haute, Indiana. Seth worked as a project manager and project engineer on multi-million dollar projects for 5 years before pursuing and receiving his Master of Business Administration from the University of California, Davis. Seth is a member of Floodplain Management Association (FMA) and Association of Government Accountants (AGA). Seth recently retired from City of Woodland Planning Commission where he served as member and chairman for 8 years. Seth has earned the Certified Governmental Financial Manager (CGFM) designation from the AGA.
Derek B. Larsen, PE, CFM
Since 2000, Derek Larsen has experience in water resource engineering and currently focuses on financial, program, and project management. He assists local agencies with management of the scope, schedule and budget for multi-million dollar water resource infrastructure projects. Derek is an expert in developing and implementing financial plans, performing cash flow and bond analysis, directing flood risk reduction engineering, environmental compliance, and State and federal permitting for flood risk reduction projects. Derek provides local agencies with strategy support in developing project implementation plans to meet federal, State and local interests.
Derek received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil Engineering from Humboldt State University, California. Derek received his Master of Business Administration from the University of California, Davis. Derek has worked as an engineer in the public sector for the State of California Department of Water Resources and the City of Santa Cruz. Derek has worked in the private sector providing program and project management services. Derek is licensed Professional Civil Engineer and a Certified Floodplain Manager. He is an active member of the California Society of Civil Engineers and Floodplain Management Association (FMA).
Scott L. Brown, PE
Since 1998, Scott Brown has experience in water resources engineering and project management. He has been involved in the planning, design, permitting and implementation of comprehensive flood control, irrigation, and hydroelectric projects. His project experience includes storm drains, levees, floodwalls, pump stations, canals and pipelines, diversion facilities, fish screens, and fish ladders. Scott also has significant design experience having designed concrete, masonry, steel and wood structures, including pump sumps, floodwalls, retaining walls, rock bin walls and control buildings.
Scott has worked with various flood control agencies, cities, counties and water purveyors to plan and implement projects including Sutter Butte Flood Control Agency, Sacramento Area Flood Control Agency, Natomas Mutual Water Company, the City of Sacramento and Sacramento County. Scott received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil Engineering from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. Scott is a licensed Professional Civil Engineer.
ERIC E. NAGY, PE
Since 1997, Eric Nagy has experience in the planning, design, and construction of water resource projects. During this time, he served in both the public and private sectors with a focus on California’s Central Valley. He has extensive experience leading multidisciplinary teams of technical professionals through the development and implementation of flood risk reduction and environmental restoration projects. Eric’s experience includes 13 years of service with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) in Sacramento. In his last USACE assignment, he served for three years as the Chief of the Design Branch in Engineering Division. The Design Branch is comprised of over 100 technical professionals including civil, structural, mechanical, electrical engineers, and architects responsible for the planning and design of both Civil Works and Military Projects. He previously held positions at the USACE in Construction and Project Management.
Eric’s work in the private sector includes providing strategic program management as well as leading the planning, design and implementation of multi-objective water resource projects. His experience with Federal and State water resource regulation and policy allows him to provide strategic advisory and engineering services for improved watershed management. Eric received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil Engineering from Pennsylvania State University. He is an active member of the California Society of Civil Engineers and Floodplain Management Association (FMA).
CHARLES A. RABAMAD
Charles Rabamad has more than 33 years of professional experience, including 26 years of experience in disaster response and recovery.
As the Assistant Director for the Disaster Recovery with the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES), he oversaw the Public Assistance, Individual Assistance, Hazard Mitigation and Technical Assistance Programs. He served as the Alternate State Coordinating Officer and the Governor’s Authorized Representatives for multiple major disaster events including the 2014 Napa Earthquake, 2014 Valley and Butte fires, 2017 Floods, 2017 October and December Fires and finally, the deadliest and most destructive wildfire in California history the 2018 Camp Fire. In total, Charles’ oversaw more than $6 Billion in approved disaster funding. Prior to his third appointment with Cal OES, he worked for the Department of Water Resources where he managed multiple projects for the Three Rivers Levee Improvement Authority, West Sacramento Flood Control Agency, and Sacramento Flood Control Agency. Additionally, Charles served as DWR’s Disaster Recovery Senior Advisor for the Oroville Dam Project.
In Mr. Rabamad’s tenure with Cal OES, he worked or managed every state and federally declared disaster since the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake. Mr. Rabamad has a wealth of knowledge in infrastructure projects, debris removal, environmental and historical preservation processes, project monitoring, project management, and Federal and State procurement processes.
Charles received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil/Structural Engineering from Cogswell Polytechnical College. He was appointed by Governor Brown three times as the Assistant Director for Recovery at the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services and once as the Special Advisor to the Director. Mr. Rabamad has served in several positions since 1991, including program manager, public assistance officer and disaster assistance specialist. Charles is also a member of the Community Housing Opportunities Corporation Board of Directors.
Adam A. Riley, PE
Since 2006, Adam Riley has experience in the planning, design, and construction of civil site improvements and water resources projects within the public and private sectors. He spent five of those years with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) in Sacramento, where he served as Sacramento District’s Program Manager for Major Modifications to Federal Projects under Section 408 and as a project manager for Dam Safety efforts. Adam also spent four years managing data analytics and business operations projects focused on program development, process optimization, financial forecasting, and cost reduction. He excels at managing large, complex projects and advises clients on a wide range of needs including process organization, program management, flood risk reduction project management, regulatory compliance and financial assessments.
Adam received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil Engineering with honors from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. He holds a Master of Business Administration from the University of California, Berkeley. He is a Registered Professional Civil Engineer in the State of California. Adam enjoys bringing a unique perspective to client work leveraging his diverse career experiences.
RICHARD l. HAASE, PLS
Richard Haase has more than 30 years of multi-disciplinary experience in land development, building and infrastructure projects from positions in both the public and private sectors. His professional background includes real property acquisition, preparation of feasibility studies, obtaining development and construction entitlements, management of surveying/mapping, engineering design, and construction, and project accounting and financing.
Richard received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Geography from California State University, Northridge, with post-graduate studies in Land Surveying and Real Estate at California State University, Fresno. He is a Licensed Professional Land Surveyor in California, a Registered Land Surveyor in Arizona, and a Licensed Real Estate Broker in California.
VICTORIA M. FOSTER
Victoria Foster supports LWA’s clients by developing and executing financial strategies designed to maximize the use of state and federal funding to deliver water resource projects. These strategies leverage Victoria’s deep understanding of the federal budgeting process to optimize project cost-sharing and crediting while accounting for a dynamic federal appropriations environment.
Victoria’s prior experience includes nine years of service with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Sacramento District where she served her last four years as a Lead Budget Analyst for the Civil Program in the Programs and Project Management Division (PPMD). Victoria developed her expertise through continuous involvement in the planning, programming, budgeting and execution of an annual Civil Works budget of approximately $200M. She led the annual budget development process and provided support to both analysts and project managers with regards to budgeting and execution strategies. She also served as a liaison between PPMD and the South Pacific Division’s Civil Works Integration Division. Victoria’s experience as a lead analyst also included cost sharing, crediting, fiscal project closeout, and coordination of the District’s annual Congressional Visit.
Prior to becoming a lead analyst, Victoria served as a financial manager for several large Civil Works Projects in both the General Investigations (GI) and Construction General (CG) Programs, including projects with the Central Valley Flood Protection Board, Sacramento Area Flood Control Agency, and Truckee River Flood Management Authority. She was a valuable member of the Project Delivery Teams, ensuring that funding was obligated and expended timely and appropriately in accordance with Federal regulations and policies.
Victoria received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Economics from the University of California, Davis.
Megan C. Jonsson
Megan Jonsson provides financial modeling and analysis, data collection, report preparation and support for the LWA team. Prior to joining the firm in 2015, Megan worked for more than 7 years for a family owned fire sprinkler and plumbing company. She provided critical organization support, including comprehensive financial, administrative, and human resource management. Prior to joining the firm, Megan worked for Blue Shield of California as a Business Analyst, initially designing and implementing an internal information audit and subsequently analyzing the audit data to identify process and procedural improvements to increase accuracy and efficiency. Megan earned a Bachelor of Science in Managerial Economics from the University of California, Davis and a Master of Business Administration with a specialization in finance, from the University of the Pacific in Stockton, California.
Sean Myers provides analytical support consisting of market research, data analysis and financial modeling, research using propriety and public information sources, drafting sections of reports and formulating presentations, assistance with expenditure reports and audit compliance, forensic accounting, and political analysis. Prior to joining the firm in 2013, Sean served 6 years as an Independent Research Consultant statistically measuring the effectiveness of various policy issues as well as social and public programs for nonprofit groups. In addition, Sean has been honored for his past work as a Senior Field Representative for the California State Assembly from 2007 to 2008, as well as for his leadership heading a campaign office for Governor Schwarzenegger in Woodland in 2006. Sean received his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science from the University of California, Davis. Sean also holds an MA in Political Science from University of California, Davis, with a concentration in quantitative methodological research. Sean is also a U.S. Navy veteran.
DAVID L. LEE
David Lee provides data analysis, data collection, market research, forecasting, and reporting development. Prior to joining the team in 2017, David worked for more than 5 years as Environmental Consultant preparing environmental impact reports in compliance with NEPA and CEQA and developing housing market studies for affordable housing grant programs. In addition, David worked for 3 years as an Product Manager/Data Analyst, developing reports and dashboards to monitor business financials. David received his Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the University of California, San Diego and a Master of Business Administration, from the University of the Pacific in Stockton, California.
khaliq c. mcclean, EIT
Khaliq McClean started as an Engineer Intern with LWA in September 2014. He joined the team permanently as a Junior Engineer in June 2016. Khaliq earned his Bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering at the California State University, Sacramento in 2016.
Nasa A. Rehimtoola
Nasayha Rehimtoola supports the LWA team through financial modeling, budgeting, and analysis. Prior to joining the team in 2018, Nasayha served as an Analyst providing financial reporting to non-for-profit organizations through the Integrated Development Group. Her experience with the Integrated Development Group included providing assistance to organizations through management consulting services, researching industries to create strategic planning analyses, and developing cash flow analyses to establish new facilities. Nasayha's professional experience also includes time with the Employment Development Department, where her role as an Accounting Administrator included responsibilities such as assisting with complex monetary eligibility determinations and adjustments along with analyzing and resolving issues relating to Claims Processing and Benefit Payment. Nasayha graduated from the University of the Pacific in Stockton, California with a Bachelor’s of Science in Business Administration: Accounting and Management Information Systems.
Elisabet G. Abdissa
Elisabet Abdissa provides analytical support through data collection and analysis, financial modeling, and report development. Prior to joining the team in 2019, Elisabet worked as a Security Analyst preparing valuation models, financial reports, and security sector guidebooks for stock pitch purposes while also supporting her team through data analytics and market research. In addition, Elisabet worked as a Global Client Services Specialist, focusing primarily on international hedge and active strategies for institutional investors. In her role, Elisabet provided support through the development of client customized performance and statistical reports, market data and trend analysis, multi-class fund management, and expense budgeting. Elisabet attended California State University, Sacramento where she earned both a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Communications and a Master of Business Administration Degree with a concentration in Finance.
LISA M. SERRA
Lisa Serra provides the team with expert office management and organizational support. Prior to joining the firm, Lisa spent 12 years working in association management and foundation/higher education fundraising. Prior to joining the firm in 2014, she served as Membership Manager for the Sacramento District Dental Society (local component of the California Dental Association/American Dental Association) where her primary responsibility was membership recruitment and retention. She also brings LWA, marketing, database management, direct mail coordination, budget management, meeting coordination, IT support, and fundraising skills. From 2002-2006, Lisa was part of University of the Pacific's Advancement/Development team during its record setting $200 million capital campaign. She earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Liberal Studies and Communication from University of the Pacific in Stockton, California.
YADIRA R. SMITH
Yadira Smith provides essential support in accounting and office management at LWA. As the newest member of the team, she assists in data entry and analysis for various projects. Prior to joining the team in 2018, Yadira worked for more than 5 years at a successful start-up company, providing leadership in office management, accounting, overseas production, local warehouse management, brick and mortar store operations, and logistics for worldwide distribution. She earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Chicano Studies from the University of California, Davis, with an extensive background in Microbiology and Gender Studies. In addition, Yadira holds a black belt in Kenpo Karate and taught young students for 5 years.