Cynthia M. Ruiz was appointed to the Board of Water and Power Commissioners by Mayor Eric Garcetti and was confirmed by the Los Angeles City Council on June 8, 2022. Cynthia M. Ruiz is a professor, best-selling author, executive coach, inspirational speaker, and leadership expert. Receiving over 75 accolades and awards for her leadership and service to the City of Los Angeles. Before becoming LADWP Commissioner, Cynthia served as Commission President for LACERS (Los Angeles City Employee Retirement System) overseeing a multibillion-dollar pension portfolio. Cynthia has been an executive in the public sector and is the author (or co-author) of eight books.