Shana Epstein oversees the Public Works Department, which includes Civil Engineering, Project Administration, Street Maintenance, Urban Forest, Parking Services, Solid Waste, the Beverly Hills Water Utility and Wastewater and Groundwater operations. She was appointed Director of Public Works in 2017 and had worked previously in Beverly Hills as the Utility Manager.
Prior to returning to Beverly Hills, Ms. Epstein was general manager for the City of Ventura water utility for six years. In this position, she and her staff built a potable reuse demonstration facility to gather data on advanced water purification and educate the public, provided reclaimed water for non-potable uses, wrote a Water Shortage Contingency Plan and oversaw the creation of a Water Commission among many other accomplishments. The City of Ventura was a National Mayor’s Challenge winner for 2016.
From 2000 to 2011, Ms. Epstein was Beverly Hills’s Environmental Utilities Manager, responsible for water, wastewater, solid waste and storm water services. Previous to Beverly Hills, Ms. Epstein served in the public utilities department for the City of Anaheim.
She holds a master's degree in Public Administration from George Washington University and a bachelor's degree in Political Science from the University of California, San Diego. In 2016, Ms. Epstein was named one of the top 50 Women in Business by the Pacific Coast Business Times.