The King of Clean
- Major: Civil engineering
- Class Of: 1985
Enrique C. Zaldivar
In the city of Los Angeles, Enrique Carlos Zaldivar is the king of clean. The Cal Poly Pomona alumnus was appointed as the city’s director of the Bureau of Sanitation in 2007 by then-Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and reappointed last September by current Mayor Eric Garcetti.
Zaldivar oversees the city’s clean water, solid resources and watershed protection programs, with a revenue value of more than $1 billion and a staff of nearly 3,000. The Bureau of Sanitation is the lead agency in support of most of the city’s environmental and sustainability policies and initiatives.
Zaldivar earned a bachelor’s degree in civil/environmental engineering in 1985 and has been involved with several professional and trade organizations. In 2012, the Friends of Ballona Wetlands in Playa del Rey honored him with its Passionate Pickleweed Award.
In his spare time, Zaldivar coaches Little League Baseball and other sports. He and his wife, Brenda, are parents to three children, sons Enrique Jr. and Alonzo and daughter Carina.