Kelli Bernard, Executive Vice President, National Cities Leader, AECOM
Kelli Bernard is an Executive Vice President and leads the national cities initiative at AECOM, a premier, fully integrated global infrastructure firm headquartered in Los Angeles. With AECOM embedded in nearly 50 major cities throughout North America and with almost 30,000 employees across all practice lines, Kelli is responsible for creating strategies and solutions to address our cities’ most challenging problems by leveraging AECOM’s integrated delivery platform with innovative models across various market sectors. Her extensive background in economic development, urban planning and government relations has positioned her as a leader in city-shaping initiatives working across the public and private sectors. Kelli joined AECOM in June 2016 as Chief Executive of the Los Angeles Metro+ region, responsible for driving strategic vision and market growth for the region’s robust portfolio throughout Southern California, Hawaii and Guam. Prior to joining AECOM, Kelli served as the deputy mayor of economic development for Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti. In this role as the city’s top economic advisor, Kelli championed business growth, economic development and job creation in Los Angeles. She managed eight city departments including the Los Angeles World Airports and the Port of Los Angeles, with combined budgets of more than $6 billion and more than 7,000 employees. Kelli is the former chair of the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA), and the co-chair of LAHSA’s Ad-Hoc Committee on Black People Experiencing Homelessness. LAHSA was created in 1993 to address the challenges of homelessness in Los Angeles. Kelli serves as a Governor Brown appointee on the Designated Local Authority for the former Redevelopment Agency Commission and is on the board of the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce. Kelli holds a master’s degree in Urban Planning from University of California, Los Angeles, and a BA in Sociology from University of California, Berkeley.