Richard Fernandez is a project manager, sustainability professional, and senior civil engineer for the city of Seattle. His passion for sustainable infrastructure has guided his decisions and projects throughout his career and his commitment to race and social justice work in equitable contracting has earned him multiple awards with the city of Seattle for outstanding advocacy for women and minority owned businesses and a World Class Award in Diversity. Originally from Southern California, he developed a strong interest in water and wastewater infrastructure at a young age and now focuses his time professionally in these areas.
Licensed as a Professional Engineer in Washington State, California, and Arizona, Richard has worked for 12 years on capital projects, including water/wastewater treatment plants and transmission lines, combined sewer overflow reduction, airfield facilities, and land development. Most recently, Richard is serving as a project manager with Seattle Public Utilities, working on multiple contracts of the Ship Canal Water Quality Project and developing sustainability goals for the program.