As a sole purpose entity, the Construction Authority is a lean agency with approximately one dozen permanent staff members. To augment the permanent staff for planning and program management activities, the agency contracts with a program management consultant. In 2009, Hill International won a multi-year program management contract with the Construction Authority. Today, as the Construction Authority progresses on planning and construction for all the segments from Pasadena to Ontario Airport, additional capabilities are heavily in use. For a list of staff job classifications and compensation click here.

Below is a current list of staff at the Construction Authority (including permanent and contract employees). To contact staff whose contact information is not listed below, please email or call (626) 471-9050.

from left to right: Chris Burner, John Skoury, Crandal Jue, Mitchell S. Purcell, Habib F. Balian.

Executive Team

Habib F. Balian
Chief Executive Officer

Chris Burner
Chief Project Officer

Crandal Jue
Chief Financial Officer

Mitchell S. Purcell, Esq.
Chief Contracting Officer & In-House Counsel

Lisa Levy Buch
Chief Communications Officer

John Skoury
Hill International Program Manager


Engineering and Systems

Denis Cournoyer
Director of Engineering

Phil Dinets
Director of Systems

Tanya Patsaouras
Station Coordinator

Connie Levinson
Engineering Manager



Construction and Project Management

Reky Hiramoto
Deputy Chief Project Officer

Dain Pankratz
Safety Manager

Richard Espinosa
Project Controls Manager

Natasha Craig
Contract Manager

Margaux Vogel
Submittals Manager

Lesley Elwood
Art Manager

Public Affairs Department

Lisa Levy Buch
Chief Communications Officer
(626) 305-7004

Yesenia Arias
Community Relations Manager
(626) 305-7012

Albert Ho
Media Relations
(626) 305-7038


Chris Lowe
Clerk of the Board & Personnel Manager
(626) 305-7002