COMTO National HUB Sub-Committee Webinar: How to Do Business with LA Metro
June 25 @ 3:00 pm
On Friday, June 25, 2021 at 3:00 pm EDT, the COMTO Historically Underutilized Business (HUB) Sub-Committee presents a webinar that will provide small, minority and disadvantaged businesses information on how to do business with LA Metro.
We welcome you to join us and learn about:
- Access to Contracting Opportunities
- Information on the LA Metro Certification Program
- SB Prime Set-Asides
- LA Metro’s Vendor Portal
- LA Metro’s Success Tools
Principal, Post Award Compliance/PAC UNIT, LA Metro
Jerry Jacobsen is Principal at LA Metro, responsible for Post Award Compliance for over 1,000 active contracts valued at more than $15 Billion. Having worked with four concurrent design-build mega projects, Mr. Jacobsen’s responsibilities have ranged from small business goal establishment and subsequent Board Report assessment – to strategic engagement with Metro’s Primes & Subcontractors to ensure project compliance. He also spearheaded the 2014 launch of Metro’s SB Prime Set-Aside program, one of the most successful among US Transportation agencies.
Prior to LA Metro, Jerry worked with some of the most popular and successful brands across the globe, including FOX Broadcasting, 20th Century Fox, HarperCollins Publishing and Dow Jones, among others, where he established a Fortune 100’s supplier diversity initiative, driving more than $750 million in diverse procurement expansion. Jerry has served as a voting member of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (Emmys) and lives in the Hollywood Hills with his rescued cat “Gucci.”
Olga Mireya López
Senior Diversity & Economic Opportunity Department (DEOD) Representative, Strategic & Construction Career Services, LA Metro
Ms. López has dedicated her professional career to public service. Over the last 25 years, she has worked in local government and the nation’s leading nonprofit organization that facilitates the full participation of Latinos in the American political process, from citizenship to public service.
Most recently, Ms. López has served the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority for 18 years. Today, she serves as Senior Representative in the Strategic Business and Construction Career Services unit within the Diversity & Economic Opportunity Department (DEOD). As a spokesperson for DEOD, she is responsible for hosting and participating in numerous outreach events where she aims to increase awareness of contract opportunities available through Metro. At these events, small business owners learn about vendor requirements, the certification process, contract opportunities, engage in networking with other small business owners and large contractors and develop relationships with Metro.
The Small Business Workshop Series, How to do Business with Metro workshops, Meet the Buyers and Project Managers Program and the Meet the Primes events are just a few of the programs that Ms. López is responsible for.
Ms. Lopez, however, began her career at Metro in Construction Relations. As the Construction Relations Manager leading the public outreach, stakeholder communication and construction impact mitigation programs on three major capital projects, she was the face of the project and maintained the quality control of public information related to construction activities.
Ms. López holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and is a recipient of Regional Hispanic Chamber of Commerce’s, 2015 “Mujer Del Año” Award for Women Making a Difference.
Ms. López resides in the city of Downey with her husband Mauro. They have three amazing children and a beautiful granddaughter.