Virginia Grebbien is Chief of Staff of Parsons Corporation, a global engineering, construction, technical, and management services firm headquartered in Pasadena, California, with nearly 14,000 employees and revenues exceeding $3 billion. In this role, she oversees the corporation’s government relations, marketing and communications, and strategy functions, reporting to the Chairman and CEO.
Prior to this position, Virginia was President of Parsons Environment & Infrastructure (PE&I), now known as Parsons Industrial, and was responsible for the business unit’s global operations in the environmental, water, and sustainable energy infrastructure development markets. 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. Virginia has 30 years of experience in both the public and private water sectors in North America and the Middle East. In addition to her extensive water sector expertise, she has considerable experience in government relations, public policy, strategic customer development, business development, project development and finance, and project management.
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 was General Manager for the West Basin Municipal Water District (WBMWD), where she successfully implemented a $500 million Capital Improvement Program, including WBMWD’s “Designer Water” recycled water system.
Virginia is a registered professional engineer in the state of California, and she holds a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona (Cal Poly Pomona).
Virginia’s public sector experience includes authoring state and federal legislation relating to water resources and water policy issues. She serves on the boards of numerous organizations, including the Los Angeles Business Council and the Los Angeles Sports Council, and is co-chair of the Southern California Water Committee’s Delta Task Force. She is past president of the WateReuse Association, founding president of the WateReuse Research Foundation, former court-appointed Santa Ana River Water Master, past board member of the Santa Ana Watershed Project Authority, past board member of the California Urban Water Agencies and Western Urban Water Coalition, former member of the Association of California Water Agencies’ Groundwater and Legislative Committees, and former member of the College of Engineering Dean’s Leadership Board at Cal Poly Pomona.