Establish collaboration with the Los Angeles Region’s solid waste management leaders to develop, implement, and advance current strategies and new initiatives that promote sustainable solid waste management practices and remove barriers to the development of regional recycling and organic waste management infrastructure.

Coby Skye, Chair

Coby Skye is Deputy Director of the Los Angeles County Public Works Environmental Services Core Service Area. Coby has responsibility for the Environmental Programs, Sewer Maintenance and Fleet Management business areas.

With an annual budget of more than $3.6 billion and a workforce of 4,000 employees, Los Angeles County Public Works is the largest municipal public works agency in the United States, providing vital public infrastructure and civic services to more than 10 million people across a 4,000-square-mile service area.

Coby has 24 years of experience with Public Works in the field of environmental programs, including environmental policy, solid waste management and recycling programs.

Coby is a licensed Professional Engineer in the state of California. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from Polytechnic University in New York and a Master of Public Administration degree from California State University, Long Beach.

Will Chen, Vice Chair

Will Chen is the Head of the Energy Recovery Section for the Los Angeles County Sanitation Districts. He and his staff are responsible for managing the agency’s energy portfolio which include renewable power, natural gas and transportation fuel, developing the Food Waste Recycling Program, operating and maintaining landfill gas-to-energy facilities and conducting the Household Hazardous/E-Waste collection events held throughout Los Angeles County. Mr. Chen started his career with the Districts in 2009 as an operations engineer at the Calabasas Gas-to-Energy Facility and was promoted to Supervising Engineer and Section Head in 2019 and 2022.

He graduated from UCLA with a B.S in Mechanical Engineering and from USC with an M.S. in Environmental Engineering. He is a Registered Mechanical Engineer with the State of California and is a Board-Certified Environmental Engineer.