Samson Mengistu is Chief Operating Officer for Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA). As COO, Mengistu is responsible for oversight over all LAWA’s activities involving Operations and Emergency Management, Finance and Budget, Administration, Information Technology, and Facilities and Maintenance.
Mengistu joined the City in 1989 after working extensively in the property management field. In an early assignment, he established and managed LAWA's widely acclaimed Soundproofing Program.
Immediately prior to his current position, he served as Deputy Executive Director for Finance and Administration and as LAWA's Acting Executive Director from February to June 2007.
Mengistu was appointed Deputy Executive Director of Board Relations and Special Programs in 2003, serving as BOAC liaison. In addition, he was in charge of LAWA's $500 million Property Acquisition Program and the Risk Management and Procurement divisions. As Deputy Executive Director for Administration from 2006 to 2015 he was in charge of the functions of Finance, Comptroller, Board of Airport Commissioners (BOAC) Office, Human Resources, Risk Management and Contract Services.
Mengistu earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and a Master of Science in Public Administration from California State University, Los Angeles.
Mengistu lives in the Los Angeles community of Westchester with his wife and two daughters.