Dr. Cris B. Liban, P.E., serves as Chief Sustainability Officer at the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (LA Metro). Dr. Liban has worked at LA Metro since 2003 and has grown his agency’s environmental and sustainability practice into one of the most progressive and forward-looking in the country, implementing over 150 sustainability initiatives to date. He is working to ensure that $140B in capital projects that are programmed for the next 40 years are sustainable, climate-adapted, and resilient for the more than 10 million people of Los Angeles County. Many of these are to be completed in time for the 2028 Olympics.
He has held concurrent political appointments in the US Environmental Protection Agency and the State of California since 2016. He is currently the Chair of the County Beach Commission and VIce-President of the LA City Board of Transportation Commissioners.
Cris previously received in 2016 the Philippines’ highest civilian honor for Filipinos living overseas, the Pamana ng Pilipino Award, from Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte. In addition, because of his singular focus on building a sustainable transportation system that is also economically and socially beneficial to all levels of society, Cris was awarded the Engineering-News Record's (ENR) 2020 Award of Excellence. Cris was elected to the National Academy of Construction in 2021.
Dr. Liban has degrees in geology, civil engineering, and environmental science and engineering.