College of Engineering Distinguished Lecture Series

75th Anniversary

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Ms. Virginia Grebbien
President, Parsons Environment & Infrastructure
Civil Engineering, ‘86

Ms. Grebbien discusses current issues within engineering, including
water and environment, and the impact of these on society.

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Sponsored by the College of Engineering


Virginia GrebbienVirginia Grebbien is the President of Parsons Environment & Infrastructure (PE&I), a primary business unit of Parsons Corporation, an international engineering, construction, technical, and management services firm with more than 11,500 employees and revenues of $2.7 billion in 2010.  PE&I provides customers worldwide with full-service engineering, construction, and management services in environmental, water, and sustainable energy infrastructure development. 

Virginia is responsible for PE&I’s global operations, including sales and marketing.  She joined Parsons in 2008 as Executive Vice President and Global Business Development Manager of Parsons Water & Infrastructure Inc. (PWI).  She was named President of PWI in 2011—PWI and Parsons Commercial Technology Group were combined into PE&I in January 2012. She has 25 years of experience in both the public and private water sectors in North America and the Middle East.  Her particular areas of expertise include water resource management; water treatment, conveyance, and storage; groundwater management; desalination; and water reuse. She also has experience in strategic customer development, business development, project development, project management, and water utility general management. In addition, she has financial experience in large organizational budgeting, rate setting, project financial planning, municipal bond financing, and project finance on the private sector side.  Over the course of her career, she has developed large local water supply projects, grown organizations, and led numerous government legislative initiatives.

Prior to joining Parsons, Virginia held several executive management positions at world-class water management agencies in Southern California.  Most recently, she served as General Manager at the Orange County Water District, where she implemented the Groundwater Replenishment System and led an effort to successfully refill the Orange County Groundwater Basin.  Before that, she worked for the West Basin Municipal Water District (WBMWD) where she ultimately rose to the position of General Manager.  At WBMWD, she successfully implemented a $500 million Capital Improvement Program, including WBMWD’s “Designer Water” recycled water system.  In addition to her public sector experience, Virginia has worked with another leading water industry engineering company and has also worked as a developer for an infrastructure fund.

Virginia is a registered professional engineer in the state of California, and she holds a B.S. in civil engineering from Cal Poly Pomona.

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