Antonia Castro-GrahamVice President

Antonia has twenty years of experience working for local government and leading sustainability initiatives.   She previously served as the Chief Operating Officer for the Orange County Power Authority a four city Joint Powers Authority implementing a Community Choice Energy program to nearly 300,000 customers; an endeavor that she helped lead going back to 2015.  Prior to her role at the Orange County Power Authority, Ms. Graham held increasingly responsible roles in local government including serving as the Deputy City Manager for the City of Fullerton and the Assistant to the City Manager/Energy and Sustainability Manager for the City of Huntington Beach, overseeing a variety of administrative programs including leading the Citizen Academy, Intergovernmental Relations, and all environmental and sustainability related programs. Ms. Graham also implemented regional efforts collaborating with Orange County cities to create the Orange County Recycling Market Development Zone, which is an economic development program aimed at creating an innovative circular economy.

Ms. Graham has successfully secured millions of dollars in grant funds during her time in local government and while at the City of Huntington Beach partnered with the University of California, Irvine and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) to create an advanced energy community in a disadvantaged part of the City; this project was one of four selected in the State for funding.  Additionally, after leading the acquisition of 11,000 streetlights from Southern California Edison, she led the effort to work with telecommunications carriers to embark on deploying smart city solutions that will improve city services and connectivity for residents in Huntington Beach. This included the deployment of 200 Smart Fusion Poles, a first-of-its-kind smart pole that will be deployed in the City – the 1st in the nation.  While in Fullerton she led the Sifi project a fiber to the premises project throughout the entire City.

She holds a BA in Political Science and American Studies, an MPA with a concentration in Public Finance, and a Master’s degree in Sustainability from Arizona State University. Ms. Graham also teaches courses focused on sustainability at California State University Fullerton and Irvine Valley College. Ms. Graham recently had a case study published in the book, Sustainable World: Approaches to Analyzing & Resolving Wicked Problems and was selected as the Arizona State University School of Sustainability Alumni of the Year (2018).

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