19. August 2020 - 18:30 till 20:30

ASCE OC Branch/Government Relations Panel on Funding During COVID-19, Online, Wednesday, 19. August 2020

ASCE Government Relations leadership discuss infrastructure funding efforts during the current budgeting season and COVID-19 pandemic.

About this Event

Join the discussion about funding with ASCE experts on government relations.

Now is a critical time for infrastructure funding! The federal transportation funding bill, called the FAST Act , is set to expire in September of this year. COVID-19 has disrupted the normal flow of business and governments are focused on economic recovery. The annual California state budget has just been signed into law and the annual federal government budgeting process is ongoing. How do these events affect the future of civil engineering?

Moderated by Dr. Cris Liban, Chief Sustainability Officer, LA metro

Panelists include:

  • Caroline Sevier, ASCE Director of Government Relations

Caroline has over a decade of experience in federal, state, and local government affairs. Most recently, Caroline served as the Manager of State and Local Government Affairs at ASHRAE, where she lead the organization’s engagement with state, city, county, and local government officials and agencies. Prior to her tenure at ASHRAE, Caroline spent 5 years as the Legislative Director of Economic Development and Commerce at the National Governors Association (NGA). At NGA she was responsible for directing the development and implementation of governors’ strategic federal priorities and represented state interests in Washington DC.

Prior to her positions at NGA and ASHRAE, Caroline worked for the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). At ASCE, she focused on transportation and water resources infrastructure, leading the organization’s transportation policy committee and advocating on behalf of the nation’s civil engineers on Capitol Hill. During her tenure at ASCE, she was instrumental in the development and launch of the 2013 Report Card for America’s Infrastructure.

Caroline holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from Villanova University and originally hails from New Jersey.

  • Kenneth Rosenfield, Assistant City Manager at the City of Laguna Beach, ASCE Region 9 Vice-chair and Director-Elect

During his career, Mr. Rosenfield has worked in both the private and public sectors and has evaluated and processed substantial private developments, overseen multimillion-dollar public works construction projects, initiated Engineering Departments in newly established cities, and directed the design of numerous street and infrastructure improvement projects. He believes in the tenet that civil engineers are here to serve the public good, to work to improve everyone’s quality of life and to use their knowledge, training and experience to solve problems in a positive manner. Mr. Rosenfield is currently the Vice-chair and Director-elect of the Board of Governors of Region 9 (California) of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), Chair of the ASCE Public Policy Committee, Chair of the Region 9 Government Relations Committee and a member of the Committee on Preparing the Future Civil Engineer. Formerly, he held the positions of an ASCE Region 9 Governor, President of the Los Angeles Section, and President of the Orange County Branch, as well as several other ASCE positions.

He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the University of California, Irvine, and a Master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of California, Riverside.

  • Jeff Cooper, Director of Infrastructure at Irvine NV5, ASCE Region 9 Governor

Mr. Jeffrey M. Cooper is a registered Professional Civil Engineer with over 40 years of consulting engineering experience. Jeff’s resume highlights include the planning, design and construction of a wide range of public infrastructure projects, to the financing and acquisition of special districts for major projects and developments throughout Southern California.

Jeff’s educational background includes a Dual Bachelor degree in Economics and Civil Engineering as well as a Masters Degree in Civil Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley. He has been active in ASCE and is currently a Region 9 Governor. He has also been active in APWA including serving as the Southern California Chapter President, as well as the San Diego Chapter President and currently on the Board of Directors for PWSI, “Greenbook” and serves as Treasurer.

For questions, please contact Adeleine Tran and Patrick Tierney at email.


Wednesday, 19. August 2020, Online, ASCE OC Branch/Government Relations Panel on Funding During COVID-19

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