Samson Mengistu is the Deputy Executive Director for Administration at Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA). In this position he oversees the functions of the Comptroller, Board of Airport Commissioners (BOAC) Office, Human Resources, Risk Management and Contract Services.
Mengistu joined the City in 1989 after working extensively in the property management field. In an early assignment, he established and managed LAWA’s widely acclaimed Soundproofing Program.
Immediately prior to his current position, he served as Deputy Executive Director for Finance and Administration and as LAWA’s Acting Executive Director from February to June 2007.
Mengistu was appointed Deputy Executive Director of Board Relations and Special Programs in 2003, serving as BOAC liaison. In addition, he was in charge of LAWA’s $500 million Property Acquisition Program and the Risk Management and Procurement divisions. As Chief Assistant to the Executive Director from 1999 to 2003, he assisted in managing and directing a staff of approximately 2,500 professional, technical, and support personnel.
Mengistu earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and a Master of Science in Public Administration from California State University, Los Angeles.
Mengistu is a member of the Board of Directors of the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce, the American Association of Airport Executives, the Southern California Leadership Network and the Governing Board of Open Charter School.
Mengistu lives in the Los Angeles community of Westchester with his wife and two daughters.