As L.A. Business Journal's "Developer of the Year," the past President of the Police Commission for the City of Los Angeles, Conejo Valley's "Man of the Year," and the youngest Commissioner for the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (DWP) in the city's history, Rick Caruso has earned his reputation as an extraordinary businessman and a compassionate member of the community. Before entering the real estate development industry, Mr. Caruso was "Of Counsel" to one of the country's largest law firms as a member of the corporate finance department until 1988. Mr. Caruso received a Bachelor of Science Degree with honors from the University of Southern California in 1980, and graduated from Pepperdine University School of Law in 1983 with his Juris Doctor degree. During his law school career, Mr. Caruso was designated a Brock Scholar. In 1995, he was recognized as the Alumnus of the Year from Pepperdine School of Law.