Steve Lawitts was appointed Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Public Health Solutions in July 2016.
Prior to joining PHS, Steve served as First Deputy Commissioner, Chief Financial Officer, and Acting Commissioner of the New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), the largest public water and wastewater utility in the U.S., beginning in 2006. He was responsible for a $1.4 billion annual operating budget; a $15 billion, 10-year capital budget; the billing and collection of $3.7 billion in annual customer revenues; procurement of $1.5 billion in design and construction contracts and $450 million in operating services and goods; human resources; labor relations; information technology; health and safety; fleet management and facilities maintenance. During this same time period, Steve was also the Executive Director of the New York City Water Board, which sets the rates paid by the water system’s 835,000 customers, and served on the board of the New York City Municipal Water Finance Authority, which has more than $30 billion in outstanding bonds to fund the capital investment in the water and wastewater systems.
Before DEP, Steve served as the Senior Vice President for the New York City School Construction Authority (SCA), overseeing a $13 billion, five-year capital plan. Prior to SCA, Steve was Deputy Commissioner of the NYC Department of Sanitation, planning and implementing productivity improvements, the privatization of waste-disposal services and the closure of the Fresh Kills landfill. He also spent fifteen years in the transportation sector at the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA), the Consolidated Rail Corporation (Conrail) and the National Railroad Passenger Corporation (Amtrak).