Gerard Orozco – LA Member

What is your occupation and how did you come to work in this field?

I am the senior vice president of CH2MHill, a 30-thousand person program management and engineering firm.  The firm has employees on six continents working on some of the most complex and exciting projects on the planet. I joined the firm after working for years in federal and local Government infrastructure leadership.


What is the biggest challenge of your work?

This is my dream job because it’s always exciting and interesting. No doubt, my biggest challenge is time management. With so many projects going on around the world, I often find myself on a plane traveling to various locations and meeting with a number of world leaders.


What leaders, thinkers or doers do you admire most?

Leaders such as Secretary Clinton, Pope Francis and my mentor, Alan Krusi, are people I most admire. Compassionate, hardworking and collected in crisis, they are deep thinkers, courageous and most importantly, they are problem solvers. Government, faith and business fare are better because of their willingness to be more than just actors on the stage.  Each of these leaders will go the extra mile to make sure the world is a better place. It has inspired me to one day want to represent our country abroad one day. I would love the opportunity to pursue a Foreign Service Post.


Where do you see yourself in ten years?

My top priority is to be a good father to my two wonderful children.  They are the most important people in my life. I often tell my two children to find their passion in life and stick to it.


What would be your advice to young people who want their careers and lives to have an impact?

I tell young people to think hard about what they want to achieve and stick to it. Everyone has at least one top-notch quality and you can learn from that and apply it to your mission.


Did you have a mentor or do you mentor someone else? How has that experience changed you?

Along the way certain mentors have been key to cutting my career path. Some are elected and appointed officials with great power who know how to use it correctly.  Over the years they were generous with sharing their knowledge and advice.  That information was both priceless and critical to my life.  The most valuable lesson was learning how to strike a balance between career and family. I try to mentor those who seek advice and I support several organizations that focus on youth development and empowerment. I believe in paying it forward and supporting and mentoring young people along the way.