April 2022 - DC Government & Agencies Virtual Event
Presentation File & Attendee List
District Department of Transportation (DDOT)
Dawit Muluneh - Interim Chief Project Delivery Officer/Chief Engineer, Infrastructure Project Management Division
Previously, Mr. Muluneh served at different levels of management at DDOT including program manager positions, responsible for a wide array of roadway and bridge design and construction projects. Currently, he oversees a program valued over $1 billion dollars. Previous to DDOT, Mr. Muluneh worked at both a private firm and state DOT. He has more than 23 years of experience in highway engineering.
Mr. Muluneh holds a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from South Dakota State University and a master’s degree in Civil Engineering from The Catholic University of America. He is also a registered Professional Engineer in the District of Columbia.
Saesha Carlile - Chief Administrative Officer
In her prior role, Saesha was the Deputy Budget Director within the Executive Officer of the Mayor, where she led the capital and operating budget team, spearheading the development of the Mayor Muriel Bowser’s $15.5 billion annual budget process.
Saesha spent nearly nine years in the federal government, most recently as the Director of the Office of Financial Management within the U.S. Department of the Treasury where she directed the budget formulation, execution, travel services and data and analytics teams for Treasury headquarters operations. Within that role, she led the development of a dedicated appropriation to fund cybersecurity and technology improvements across Treasury and worked with the team to automate significant portions of the financial management and reporting process. Saesha was also selected as the first Director of Shared Services for the Treasury Department, where she was responsible for the corporate oversight, performance, strategic planning, budget, governance, and financial management of the Treasury Franchise Fund.
Saesha has served numerous roles in State and Regional agencies prior to her federal experience, including as a Business Development Analyst within the New Jersey Economic Development Authority, as an Analyst within the State of Alaska Department of Motor Vehicles, and as a fellow at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey working on the Port Authority Bicycle Master Plan.
Department of Energy & Environment (DOEE)
Jeffrey Seltzer, PE - Deputy Director, Matural Resources Administration
As Deputy Director for the Natural Resources Administration at the Department of Energy and Environment (DOEE), Jeff Seltzer is responsible for programs that conserve, protect, and improve the water, soil, and living resources of the District of Columbia. Jeff is a Professional Civil Engineer with over twenty-five years of experience in environmental restoration, transportation and construction management. Jeff lives in the District with his wife and two children and looks forward to the day when his family and other residents can safely swim in the District’s rivers.
Department of General Services (DGS)
Gbolahan Aganga-Williams - Operations Manager, Capital Construction
DC Water and Sewer Authority (DC Water)
Rudy Gonzalez - Director of Procurement, Capital Programs
Mr. Gonzalez serves the Authority as Director of Procurement, Capital Programs. Before joining DC Water in August 2019 he held similar positions at Chesapeake Utilities Corporation and the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission.
In his role he is responsible for enhancing DC Water’s Capital Programs procurement capabilities, working in collaboration with the Authority’s Engineering and Construction groups to introduce best practices designed to impact the success of capital-intensive investments. Mr. Gonzalez is also tasked with leading the sourcing of Capital Programs include procurement planning, market outreach, developing sourcing strategies, solicitation approval, pre-bid conference coordination, bid and proposal evaluation, and approval of contracts and modifications.
His work in Capital Programs concentrates on the strategic functions of the procurement process including category management, negotiations, supplier relationship management and supporting the Authority’s Business Development Plan.
Mr. Gonzalez holds a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering, Route to Business from the University of Texas at Austin. He is a member of the Institute for Supply Management where he is a Certified Professional in Supply Management. Mr. Gonzalez co-authored a 2019 cover article for Water Finance & Management magazine titled At A Crossroads: Is Now the Time for Water Utilities to Rethink Procurement and Delivery of Capital Projects?