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Lupe Valdez joined the Union Pacific as the Director of Public Affairs in July of 2005. She serves the Los Angeles Basin, which includes Los Angeles, San Bernardino, Riverside, Orange, Ventura, Santa Barbara and Imperial Counties. Her responsibilities include working with local elected officials and community groups in Southern California.
She grew up in Lincoln Heights, in Northeast Los Angeles and attended local schools. She continued her education at the University of Southern California where she earned both a B.A. degree and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration.
Prior to joining the Union Pacific, she worked for Southern California Regional Rail Authority- (Metrolink) in Los Angeles and served as a Deputy Executive Officer for the South Coast Air Quality Management District (AQMD) in Diamond Bar. She began her professional career at the Southern California Rapid Transit District (RTD) and continued her transportation work with Los Angeles County Transportation Commission (LACTC) and MTA, now known as Metro. While at these agencies, she had the opportunity to work on many projects and environmental impact reports for rail lines now fully operational in Los Angeles County.
Lupe currently serves as Co-Chair of the Transportation & Goods Movement Committee of the Los Angeles Chamber; serves as Co Chair of the Energy & Environment Committee of BIZFED, Board Member of the City of Commerce Industrial Council and is a member of the San Gabriel Valley Economic Partnership and is now a Board Member of the CA Transportation Foundation. She is a member of the Inland Empire Economic Partnership, the Inland Empire Logistics Council and Inland Action. She previously served as Vice Chair of the City of Montebello Traffic & Safety Commission. She resides in Montebello with her husband and 15 year old son.