William Mulholland Public Service Award

2012-2013 Award Recipient:

Phyllis E. Currie

Phyllis Currie is currently (2012) the General Manager of Pasadena Water and Power and has held that position since April 2001.  Prior to that Ms. Currie held the position of Chief Financial Officer for the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power from 1992 to 1999. During her 30-year career with the city of Los Angeles, Ms. Currie also served as Assistant City Administrative Officer.

In June 2012, Ms. Currie was installed as Chair of the American Public Power Association (APPA) Board of Directors. 

APPA was founded in 1940 as a nonprofit, non-partisan organization representing more than 2,000 community owned electric utilities that together serve more than 46 million Americans.  The group’s mission is to shape public policy to provide consumers with adequate, reliable electricity at a reasonable price while protecting the environment. In addition to APPA, Ms. Currie serves on the boards of the Southern California Public Power Authority and the California Municipal Utilities Association. 

From 2004 to 2009, she served on the board of directors of the Electric Power Research Institute, a non-profit organization dedicated to research for the electric power industry, during which she chaired the audit committee.  She is also a member of the American Water Works Association, the Government Finance Officers Association, the American Association of Blacks in Energy and the National Forum of Black Public Administrators.  Past professional affiliations include the Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board and the California Debt Advisory Commission.

Her community affiliations include the board of directors of the Pasadena-Foothill YWCA; the board development committee of the Girl Scouts of Greater Los Angeles; and Pasadena Rotary.

Ms. Currie earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from UCLA and a master of business administration degree from UCLA’s Anderson School of Business.  She also completed the Program for Senior Executives in State and Local Government at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.




Mulholland Public Service Award Recipients

Rick J. Caruso (December 12, 2001)
Phyllis E. Currie (September 12, 2012)