Metropolitan Water District Student Outreach 2020 (Real Property)

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The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California

700 North Alameda Street

Los Angeles, CA 90012

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The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California (Metropolitan), Real Property Group, is hosting a student outreach event.

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The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, Real Property Group, invites you to participate in its Student Outreach 2020. This panel and networking event is a chance for college students to learn about public agencies and the right-of-way industry, Metropolitan's role and work in the field, its student internship program, and featured guest speakers.

We will cover the topics below:

1. Introduction to:

  • The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California (Metropolitan)
  • Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro)
  • International Right of Way Association (IRWA)
  • Public Agencies and the Right-of-Way Industry

2. Metropolitan's Real Property Group 2020-21 Student Internship

IMPORTANT NOTE: Please arrive 15 minutes early to allow enough time to check in and to obtain a temporary access pass from Security at the front desk in the building lobby.


The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California

Octavia Tucker

(Interim Group Manager, Real Property Group, Metropolitan)

Octavia Tucker is responsible for the acquisition, management and protection of all of Metropolitan's Real Property Assets and for developing additional revenue generating opportunities related to real property management. In addition, the group supports key projects such as the Diamond Valley Lake Recreation and Development Project, Bay-Delta Initiatives, the Regional Recycled Water Supply Program and the Right-of-Way and Infrastructure Protection Program.

Tucker joined the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California as a data entry clerk with Water System Operations in 1989. She also served as team manager within the Business Management section where she managed the facility maintenance staff, storekeepers, and machinists as well as administrative staff. Tucker was promoted to Administrative Services section manager overseeing corporate functions such as facilities management, contracting and procurement, and document services. She then served as a section manager in Human Resources, where she was responsible for recruitment and classification/compensation, benefits and workforce training.

Tucker earned her bachelor's and master's degrees in business administration from the University of La Verne.

The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California

Stephen Vollucci

(Acquisition & Disposition Team Manager, Real Property Group, Metropolitan)

Steve Vollucci manages the acquisition and disposition of all Metropolitan Real Property Assets for both capital and operations projects in support of Metropolitan’s facilities. He brings over 30 years of private and public sector experience in real estate acquisition and disposition, commercial and multi-family property asset management, and complex title and transaction coordination to Metropolitan’s Real Property Group. He has extensive knowledge in the areas of negotiation, property exchanges, and real estate investment, and has been a California real estate broker for 35 years.

Steve has a degree in Real Estate Finance from Cal State University Long Beach, and holds the SR/WA (Senior Right of Way Agent) designation from the International Right of Way Association.

Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority

Holly Rockwell

(Senior Executive Officer, Community Mobility Planning, Metro)

Holly Rockwell is a Senior Executive Officer in the Planning Department of the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority. She oversees real estate acquisition and management (including Los Angeles Union Station), transit-oriented community programs, first/last mile solutions and transportation demand management.

For the 18 years prior to joining LA Metro, she was president of a real estate and right of way firm, which provided consulting services to public agencies throughout the west coast. Holly has been named Professional of the Year by IRWA, Los Angeles chapter and Woman of the Year by the Women in Transportation Seminar, Inland Empire chapter.

Holly graduated with a bachelor's degree in Accounting and Business/Management from Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania.

International Right of Way Association

David Graeler

(Past President, Los Angeles Chapter - IRWA; Partner, Nossaman LLP)

David Graeler serves as Chair of Nossaman’s Litigation Department and Co-Chair of its Real Estate Practice Group. He has been a member of the International Right of Way Association – Los Angeles Chapter since 2003 and has served in all of its executive board positions, including President of the Chapter.

David focuses his legal practice on representing public agencies, property owners, and businesses in a variety of real estate and eminent domain matters, including complex land acquisition and valuation disputes. He has successfully handled hundreds of condemnation matters, including numerous multi-million dollar eminent domain cases in California.

Over the past 20 years, David has worked on some of the largest public works projects in California, having tried cases for the Los Angeles Unified School District, Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority, the Alameda Corridor Transportation Authority, and the Exposition Metro Line Construction Authority. In addition to representing clients in eminent domain litigation, David also litigates high profile, complex business cases. He was previously recognized with a California Lawyer Attorney of the Year (CLAY) Award for litigation and was named one of The National Law Journal’s Top 50 Litigation Trailblazers & Pioneers.

David graduated with a Juris Doctor degree from Loyola Law School and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California, Irvine.


Where and when is the event?

Date: Friday, February 28, 2020

Time: 11:30 pm to 2:00 pm

Location: The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California

700 N. Alameda St., Los Angeles, CA 90012

Room 2-145 & 2nd Floor Gallery

What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?

RSVP by Tuesday, February 25, 2020 if you would like complimentary parking in our building. Carpooling is highly recommended. Visitor parking locations are available around Union Station. Most start at $2 per 15 minutes. We highly encourage attendees to also take public transportation, if possible. LA County Metro Rails/ Buses and Metrolink conveniently stop at Union Station, which is directly adjacent to the event building.

Do I need to RSVP?

RSVPs are highly encouraged to ensure we have enough space and refreshments to accommodate everybody.

Will there be refreshments?

Yes, there will be light refreshments!

Is there a dress code?

Yes, please wear business casual attire.

Is there information on the Real Property Student Internship?

The job posting will be open from February 10, 2020 to March 9, 2020 at the website here:

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