Shannon Hoppes is a native Angeleno, born and raised in San Pedro, attending Leland Street Elementary and San Pedro High School. She is a 26 year veteran of the City and a passionate believer in operational excellence. Shannon is a disrupter in both her personal and professional life, always asking why and challenging the status quo. Previously, as Executive Officer of the City Clerk, she brought about multiple successful systems implementations and process improvements that brought consistency, innovation, and transparency to the City of Los Angeles. She believes her biggest accomplishment has been about shifting the internal culture and empowering employees to bring about innovative change. Shannon was one of the original members of the Mayor’s Operation Innovation Team, where she was instrumental in building the case for a holistic procurement approach in the City of Los Angeles. As the Chief Procurement Officer, Shannon will utilize her strengths in creating a robust, transparent, and fair procurement environment that will allow for increased economic prosperity for the residents of Los Angeles.
Michael Owh is the Chief Deputy Director of Los Angeles County’s Internal Services Department. The Internal Services Department (ISD) supports the mission of L.A. County with an annual budget of over $873M and 2,183 budgeted positions along with over 5,120 contracted workers of varying professions in facilities management, information technology, environmental, administrative, purchasing, and contracting. Previously at ISD, Michael led an office of more than 260 procurement and contracting professionals in a County with approximately $6 billion in spend annually. Michael is a passionate public servant and proven government executive with a track record of success in improving operational performance while prioritizing equity, transparency, and commitment to the public.
Prior to joining the County of Los Angeles, Michael was appointed by Mayor Eric Garcetti to serve as the City of Los Angeles’ first Chief Procurement Officer, where he led the launch of the City’s online certification tool, which replaced a wholly paper-based process, and provided unprecedented transparency into the City’s spend by creating procurement dashboards and analytics. Michael also created the first Citywide professional development curriculum for the City’s procurement staff as well as a library of tools and resources, incorporating best practices in the field.
Previously, Michael was appointed by Mayor Bill de Blasio to serve as the New York City’s Chief Procurement Officer and Director of the Mayor’s Office of Contract Services, responsible for procurement policy and the oversight of more than $20 billion coordinated through 40 city agencies. In this role, Michael revolutionized the City of New York’s procurement business processes and implemented an unprecedented citywide technology project, which transformed the way the city government engaged with businesses, including human service providers and diverse enterprises, and replaced a decades-old, fragmented, paper-based process.
In New York City, Michael was also instrumental in launching the NYC’s Nonprofit Resiliency Committee and worked in partnership with the Office of M/WBEs and the NYC Department of Small Business Services to support NYC’s Minority- and Women-owned Business Enterprise Program. Previously, Michael was General Counsel at the NYC Department of Youth and Community Development and Deputy General Counsel at the Department of Small Business Services. Michael is the recipient of many public service awards, including the Small Business Advocate Award (2019), Community Visionary Award (2018), and Minority and Women owned Business Enterprise Advocate Award (2016).
Michael received his B.A. from the University of California at Berkeley, and his J.D. from the St. John’s University School of Law.
John L. Reamer, Jr. has been the Inspector of Public Works, Director of the Bureau of Contract Administration since August 2004. The Bureau, one of five operating Bureaus in the City of Los Angeles' Department of Public Works, protects the City's interest through serving as an independent quality control and contract compliance agency.
As the City's Inspector of Public Works, Mr. Reamer ensures safe and quality public works construction for all work performed in the City's Public Right-of-Way. This includes construction performed by private contractors under permit and over $6 billion in construction contracts awarded through various City departments.
Mr. Reamer, as the Bureau's Director, has City-wide responsibility to monitor and enforce federal, state and local wage and contracting laws. These responsibilities include overseeing the City's state-approved Labor Compliance Program, negotiating and administering the City's Project Labor Agreements, and administering several city ordinances such as Living Wage, Minimum Wage, and the Fair Chance Initiative for Hiring (Ban the Box).
His responsibilities also include coordination on the City's Business Inclusion Program, promoting opportunities for those who work on City projects by certifying minority, women, local, and small businesses and serving as the City's Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Liaison Officer.
In January 2019, while operating in the BCA Chief Executive role, Mr. Reamer served for one year as the Interim General Manager of the Economic and Workforce Development Department. In this role John led efforts to finalize a Citywide Economic Development Strategy that included establishing a Small Business Commission and coordinating the City’s BusinessSource Centers to provide economic development assistance to small businesses. John also partnered with the City’s Workforce Development Board and coordinated the City’s WorkSource Centers to enhance workforce development opportunities for Transitional and Youth workers.
Elizabeth "Libby" Williams has over 24 years of economic development experience working in Southern California.
Through her consulting practice she provides services to local governments, elected officials, non-profits and small businesses. Her work includes organizing an Economic Opportunity Forum for elected officials in LA County’s 2ndSupervisorial District, B2B Matchmaking events for the City and County of Los Angeles and a Transportation Infrastructure Conference for the National Association of Minority Contractors, Southern California chapter.
More recently Ms. Williams was under contract with the USC Center for Economic Development where she served as project manager for the Advanced Manufacturing Partnership for Southern California (AMP SoCal). In her role she helped support and strengthen the aerospace and defense manufacturing ecosystem by providing needed support services through the partnership.
She worked as the Managing Director of the Office of Small Business, for the City of Los Angeles Mayor’s Office of Economic & Business Policy where she served as an advocate for the Los Angeles small business community within City Hall. Prior to working for the City of Los Angeles Ms. Williams was Director of the Small Business Program at the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD). In 2007, Ms. Williams became the Executive Director of the Los Angeles Economy and Jobs Committee, a private-sector advisory board created by Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa to work with him on key issues of economic development and quality job creation in Los Angeles. From 1996 to 2006, Ms. Williams worked for the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation in the Business Assistance Program, and was responsible for identifying opportunities and developing community economic development programs and initiatives to stimulate economic growth.
Ms. Williams has a BA and an MPA from California State University at Long Beach and a Master in Leadership from the University of Southern California. She has also completed the USC Lusk Center Ross Minority Program in Real Estate.