Maria Mehranian is Managing Partner and Chief Financial Officer of Cordoba Corporation, a California based full-service engineering, construction management and program management firm specializing in transportation, water, energy, education and facilities with offices in Sacramento, San Francisco, Chatsworth, Los Angeles, Santa Ana, and San Diego. Cordoba Corporation is ranked by Engineering News-Record (ENR) as a Top 50 Program Management Firm and a Top 100 Construction Management-for-Fee Firm.
Maria is directly responsible for the firm’s strategic financial planning and operations overseeing the company’s statewide financial operations. For 35 years Maria has dedicated her career to building Cordoba Corporation into one of the nation’s top specialty services firms with its staff of engineers, designers, managers, environmental specialists, and construction professionals from all over the world. For her efforts, Maria caught the attention of academic institutions and was featured in a case study by Harvard Business School and Kellogg School of Business at Northwestern University.
Maria holds a Masters of Urban and Regional Planning from the University of California, Los Angeles. She previously served as Senior Vice President of Cordoba Corp’s Transportation planning division and during that period she conducted research on the travel patterns of Downtown Los Angeles’ workforce. Her study was used to develop Regulation XV, a city ordinance promoting alternative commute modes in Downtown Los Angeles. As an urban planner she contributed to a number of large scale infrastructure development projects such as the Downtown Strategic Plan, a blueprint of development that planned for 100,000 housing units in the area, used to preserve and protect industrial zones while re-zoning underutilized areas for office spaces.
Formerly chairing the Los Angeles Regional Water Quality Control Board, where she was appointed to two consecutive terms by Governor Brown, Maria led the Board in adopting the region’s landmark MS4 Permit. She participates in numerous water policy panels on water quality and supply issues and serves as a guest lecturer for universities throughout the state. She continues to collaborate with teams of water engineers to develop state of the art guidelines for stormwater facilities throughout California. As a water policy expert Maria plays a pivotal role in the development of California’s water supply, quality, and resource policies.
Recognized by legislators of the 43rd and 44th Assembly and 21st Senate Districts of California, Maria received the prestigious Corporate Woman of the Year Award. Mujeres De La Tierra declared her an environmental champion and recipient of the 2016 Healer of La Madre Tierra award. Maria received the Ellis Island Medal of Honor for exemplifying outstanding qualities in both her personal and professional life while continuing to preserve the richness of her Armenian heritage.
Maria serves in leadership positions for several educational institutions and non-profit organizations. She is the Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees at Woodbury University, is a member of the Dean’s Leadership Board at Cal Poly Pomona College of Engineering, and is a member of the Board of Trustees at Southwestern Law School. In addition, Maria is the international Chairperson of Armenia Fund, Inc. which has raised more than $120M for humanitarian and infrastructure development in Armenia.