About the GWP Commission
The GWP Commission acts as an advisory body to GWP. It consists of five
Glendale residents who serve without compensation and are appointed by a
majority of the City Council for three-year terms. Their duties are
outlined in the Glendale Municipal Code.
Hugh Yao - President
Hugh Yao has served on the GWP Commission since 2007 and has lived in
Glendale for over 30 years. He is currently employed as a manager for
the Southern California Gas Company and San Diego Gas & Electric. Hugh
is responsible for marketing and outreach for SoCalGas' utility discount
and energy efficiency programs. In addition, he led SDG&E's Smart Meter
projects for low-income customers. Hugh has been with SoCalGas since
graduating from UCLA. He has worked in the company's Gas Facilities
Engineering, Market Strategy, and Commercial & Industrial Marketing
Hugh earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from
UCLA in 1996, a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree from USC
in 2003, and a California Professional Engineer (P.E.) license in
Mechanical Engineering in 1999. Hugh was a four-sport letterman in high
school (volleyball, basketball, soccer and cross-country) and has
completed several marathons since college. Now, he trains in martial
arts and has competed at the US national level in Taekwondo and
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. He currently resides in Glendale with his wife of
17 years, Tessa, and their nine-year old daughter.
Contact President Hugh Yao
Armen Adjemian - Commissioner
Armen Adjemian is the co-founder and managing partner of Venture Group,
a consulting firm located in Glendale, California specializing in
corporate finance and transaction advisory. Armen began his career at
PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, where he focused on financial statement and
internal control audits, primarily in the financial services sector. His
primary undertakings were audits of Venture Funds, Mutual Funds, and
other major institutional money managers in Southern California, such as
PIMCO and Western Asset. After leaving PwC, Armen started his own tax
and consulting practice. Later, he founded Venture Group after realizing
his passion for working with entrepreneurs and innovative early stage
companies looking for capitalization and growth.
Armen received his Bachelor of Science and Master of Accounting degree
from the University of Southern California. He is a Certified Public
Accountant in the state of California and is also a Board Member of the
Ishtoyan Foundation, a non-profit organization that provides afterschool
athletic programs for youth in the community.
Contact Commissioner Armen Adjemian
Terry Chan - Commissioner
Terry has been a resident of Glendale for 28 years and was appointed
Commissioner of Glendale Water and Power in 2008.
As a registered electrical engineer, Terry has worked for the City of
Los Angeles for 29 years in a number of capacities, from distribution
system engineering to load forecasting for the 7,300 MW power system
serving four million customers, rate design, and the promotion of energy
efficiency and alternative energy systems.
Terry received an electrical engineering degree from University of
California at Los Angeles, a Masters degree in power engineering from
University of Southern California, where she also received an Executive
Masters in Business Administration.
For the past ten years, Terry has studied energy efficiency and
renewable energy developments throughout the United States, and in Asia
and Europe, with special concentrations on Scandinavia, Iceland, and
China. She is certified by the Association of Energy Engineers as a
Certified Energy Manager and Green Building Engineer. She currently
lives in a solar-powered home.
Contact Commissioner Terry Chan
Matthew Hale - Commissioner
Matt Hale was recently appointed to the Glendale Water and Power commission and serves
as Policy Director for Los Angeles City Councilmember Paul Krekorian. Matt’s previous
experiences include working as a legislative staffer for former Assemblymember Simon
Salinas and Former Assemblymember Paul Krekorian. As a Legislative Consultant to
Assemblymember Krekorian, Matt staffed a variety of legislation, tackling issues like
intellectual property theft, campaign finance, securing free speech online, and, most
significantly: sustainability, water conservation and renewable energy. From 2008 to 2009,
Matt was the lead staffer for the Assembly’s Select Committee on Renewable Energy and AB 64,
which was a prototype for the current Renewable Portfolio Standard in California. Over the
course of staffing AB 64, Matt became an expert in energy policy and coordinated hundreds of
stakeholders from some of the largest energy interests in California, and the world. When
Assemblymember Krekorian won a seat on the Los Angeles City Council, Matt relocated to
Southern California and currently staffs Councilmember Krekorian on the budget and on matters
related to Energy and the Environment. Matt graduated from CSU Sacramento’s Government program
in 2007. He has resided in Glendale since moving to Southern California.
Contact Commissioner Hale
Manuel C. Camargo Jr. - Commissioner
Manuel C. Camargo Jr. is a public affairs and communications professional with more than
25 years of business experience. He currently serves as Principal Advisor of Public Affairs
for Southern California Edison (SCE), where he leads public engagement on major initiatives
for the investor-owned electric utility. He also is an Adjunct Professor at Cal Poly Pomona.
Earlier in his career, he was a Partner at The Rogers Group, a top-10 independent PR firm
where he led communications for major brands such as AT&T Wireless, Bosch, HealthNet, and
Honda. His volunteerism presently includes serving on board of directors for Jumpstart, La
Salle High School, and the Pasadena Casting Club (previously, for the Los Angeles Police
Foundation, Hispanic Scholarship Fund, and American Marketing Association). He is a longtime
coach and referee for the local region of AYSO. He earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in
Communication Arts from Cal Poly Pomona. A Glendale resident for 15-plus years, he and his
wife Irene have two teenage children.
Contact Commissioner Camargo
Attending a Commission Meeting
Glendale residents are encouraged to attend monthly GWP Commission meetings to share suggestions,
compliments, complaints, ideas and provide feedback on our programs. Meetings are held on the
first Monday of each month in the Glendale City Council Chambers at 4:00 p.m., and usually last
Presentations made to the GWP Commission can be seen by viewing
City of Glendale's
Streaming Video Archive page.