Mel Paret – Principal

 As founder and Principal of Public Works Solutions (PWS), Mel has 30 years of consulting experience with local governments - directing many projects with complex management, financial and/or operational issues. Mel worked with KPMG Consulting for 20 years and served as the company's national resource for municipal utility/environmental services. He has significant experience in management and financial consulting as well as technical areas of strategic systems planning, application/database design and requirements definition. Throughout his career, he has served numerous municipal public works clients, including Washington D.C., City of Indianapolis, Miami-Dade County, City of Phoenix, City of Dallas, and Fairfax County as well as many federal (USEPA) and state (MA, FL, IN, SC, MS, MD, RI, ME) environmental agencies. 

At PWS, Mel and his team developed the Trakster® application to provide customer services, field operations and inspection/enforcement functions specifically for public works departments. Trakster® is a proven, highly flexible tool that encompasses operations such as MSW/recyclable collections, container tracking, street sweeping, graffiti cleaning and nuisance abatement. Mel holds MBA (finance/accounting), MPH (environmental sciences), and BA degrees from Tulane University and is a member of the Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) and the American Public Works Association (APWA).

Edouardo Etienne – Senior Management Analyst

 Edouardo Etienne is a senior management analyst with PWS. Edouardo specializes in qualitative and quantitative data analysis; business and workflow reengineering; benchmark analysis and strategy development. His project work includes rate studies, equipment life and efficiency studies, municipal revenue and cost studies and workflow development and customer services improvement.  He is highly experienced with PWS’s Trakster software including software implementation/setup, business process and procedures, user training and output data analysis. Edouardo has 9 years professional consulting experience working in the environment and energy sectors with financial institutions, utilities and municipalities.  Edouardo earned his BA in both business administration and economics at American University in Washington D.C.