Deena Ghaly is ethics officer for the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California. She is responsible for proposing rules concerning disclosure, conflicts of interest, contracts, gifts, lobbying and campaign contributions as well as providing and overseeing training and advice to board members, staff, contractors and subcontractors. Ghaly also investigates ethics-related complaints and establishes procedures to protect employees filing complaints, the confidentiality of sources and the due-process rights of accused parties.
Prior to joining Metropolitan, Ghaly served as an administrative law judge for the California Office of Administrative Hearings. She previously was head of enforcement and general counsel for the Los Angeles City Ethics Commission, which administers and enforces the laws regarding campaign contributions, lobbying, and government ethics for the city of Los Angeles. Before moving to Southern California in 2001, Ghaly lived and worked in New York City, where she headed the labor department in the general counsel’s office of a large city agency.
Licensed to practice law in California, New York and New Jersey, Ghaly is knowledgeable in workplace investigations, government ethics, regulatory affairs, and labor and employment matters. She has lectured throughout the nation on various topics, including parallel criminal and administrative prosecution, due process in administrative procedures, and effective internal investigations.
Ghaly earned a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from Wellesley College in Massachusetts and a law degree from Cornell Law School.