As Director of Public Works for the City of Lakewood, Calif., Lisa Ann Rapp is responsible for the daily operations of the Public Works Department with a staff of 38 full-time and part-time employees, in four operating divisions including Engineering and Administration, Facilities Maintenance, Tree and Hardscape Maintenance, and Fleet Maintenance. She manages all public works services, provided by a variety of in-house staff and both public and private service providers, including Streetlighting, Animal Control, Solid Waste and Recycling, Environmental Management, Street Maintenance and Traffic Operations. Her department is also responsible for management of all city capital improvement projects.
Rapp was a member of the APWA Southern California Chapter’s Board of Directors and Executive Team from 2004-2018, serves as the editor of the SoCal Chapter’s Insight Newsmagazine, and served as Chapter President in 2009. She was a member of the Program Committee and Co-Chair of the Volunteer/Operations Committee for the APWA Congress in 2012. She serves as the chair of the APWA California Chapters Advocacy Committee. Rapp was a member of the national Government Affairs Committee from 2012 until joining the Board of Directors in 2018 and chaired the GAC for three years. In her first term on the Board, she served on the Strategic Planning Committee, the Foundation Formation Ad Hoc Committee, and served as Board Liaison to the Solid Waste Management and Water Resources Management Technical Committees, and the Center for Sustainability. She was named one of APWA’s Top Ten Public Works Leaders of the Year in 2014.