Meet Our Staff
Burbank Water and Power (BWP) is a community-owned utility that serves the businesses and residents of Burbank with water and power. Burbank has some of the highest reliability and lowest utility rates in Southern California.
Jorge Somoano, General Manager
Mr. Jorge Somoano holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the California State Polytechnic University, Pomona and a Masters degree in Business Administration from Woodbury University. He has been in the municipal utility field for over 30 years having held significant positions with the City of Vernon Light and Power Department and Riverside Public Utilities. Mr. Somoano’s previous experience included managing conservation programs, rates, resource procurement & planning, and engineering. Mr. Somoano joined Burbank Water and Power on November 2, 2009 as one of BWP’s Assistant General Managers.
Daniel Tunnicliff, Assistant General Manager/Customer Service and Marketing
Mr. Daniel Tunnicliff, P.E., holds a Bachelor of Science degree and Master of Science degree from California State University, Long Beach, and is a registered Professional Civil Engineer. He has been involved in the utility industry for over 26 years, including 21 years in the electric power industry. He has worked for utilities such as Orange County Sanitation District, Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, and Southern California Edison. Mr. Tunnicliff’s previous experience involved managing customer care operations, providing strategic customer solutions, managing regulatory issues, and providing safety and environmental engineering expertise. Mr. Tunnicliff joined Burbank Water and Power on April 2, 2018.
James Compton, Assistant General Manager/Chief Technology Officer
Mr. James Compton holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. He has been in the Electrical Engineering, Electronics, Communications and Computer field for over 35 years having held significant positions within the Media and Entertainment industries. Mr. Compton’s previous experience included VP of Engineering and CTO of a major media and distribution company in Burbank for over 18 years. Mr. Compton joined Burbank Water and Power on June 1, 2010.
Bob Liu, Chief Financial Officer
Mr. Bob Liu holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance and a Master of Business Administration from Utah State University. He worked for the California Power Exchange prior to joining BWP. Bob came to the Utility as a Financial Analyst, promoting to Financial Planning and Risk Manager in 2003. His primary focus at BWP has been in the areas of financial reporting, budgeting, financial planning, and energy risk management.
Richard H. Wilson, Assistant General Manager/Water
Mr. Richard H. Wilson, P.E., holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Worcester, Massachusetts. He has over 30 years of design and construction experience in several industries including shipbuilding, oil, mining and public utilities, including the East Bay Municipal Utility District and the City of Vallejo. He holds licenses in both Civil and Mechanical engineering in the State of California. Mr. Wilson joined Burbank Water and Power on November 26, 2018.
Lincoln Bleveans, Assistant General Manager/Power Supply
Mr. Lincoln Bleveans holds a B.A. from Kenyon College and a J.D. from Northwestern University School of Law. He has worked in the global electric power industry for 22 years, focusing on private sector renewable and conventional power supply. Lincoln joined BWP in 2012 as Power Resources Manager.
Cesar Ancheta, Assistant General Manager/Electric Services
Mr. Cesar Ancheta holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from the California State University, Sacramento and an Executive Management Certificate from the University of California, Riverside as well as registered as a Professional Electrical Engineer. He has been involved in the public power industry for over 28 years having worked for utilities such as Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, Merced Irrigation District and Riverside Public Utilities. Mr. Ancheta’s previous experience involved managing electrical engineering design and standards, technology implementation as well as business development. Mr. Ancheta joined Burbank Water and Power on April 2, 2012.
Sean Aquino, Administrative Officer
Mr. Sean Aquino holds a Masters degree in Organizational Leadership from Woodbury University. He has been in the municipal government field and the utility industry since 2000. Sean began his career in the Water Division of BWP in 2000, before moving to the Customer Service and Marketing Division in 2003. At BWP, Sean developed training, administered programs, and managed teams to reach key organizational goals.