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Jennifer Jacka-Taylor, P.E., ENV SP, M.ASCE

2019 Region 7 Governor

Vision Statement

I hope to inspire change by focusing on the grassroots level to increase communication, collaboration, and the exchange of ideas between Sections, Regions, and the Society.  By truly listening and giving a voice to everyone, including the smaller sections and diverse member groups, I hope to work with the other Region 7 Governors to help unify the membership of ASCE and promote growth of both members and activities at the local section and branch level.  I am dedicated to fostering member engagement and leader development and passionate about educating our elected officials about the desperate need for infrastructure funding.  By helping ASCE constantly evolve to support the needs of the members I hope that we, as Civil Engineers, can better serve as expert resources assisting elected officials and communities at all levels.  My experience at the local, regional, and national levels as a Section President, Assembly Delegate, six-time Fly-in Delegate and member of Society's Sustainability Advocacy and Communication Sub-Committee will help me work towards making this vision a reality.

Education

  • BS Civil Engineering, KSU, 2004
  • BS Business Administration, KSU, 2000

      Work Experience

      • Senior Civil Engineer, Burns & McDonnell; 2012-present
      • Stormwater Management Coordinator, City of Hutchinson, KS; 2010-2012
      • Highway Engineer, HDR Engineering; 2005-2010

          ASCE Involvement

          Local Level

          • KC Section
              • President, 2015; President-Elect, 2014; Secretary, 2009
          • ASB-Bridge Kiosk Committee, 2015-2016
          • Founding Member, Government and Public Relations Committee, 2007-2010
          • Liquid Assets Champion, 2008
              • Political Forum, KCPT Panel Discussion and Community Outreach
          • Presented 2009 Report Card on "Water Water Everywhere" talk radio show, 2009
          • Chair, School Outreach YMG, 2006-2007
              • Future City and First Robotics Mentor
          • Chair, History and Heritage Committee, 2005-2007
          • Secretary KSU Section, 2003
          • Steel Bridge Team, KSU Section, 2001-2004

        National Level

        • Sustainability Committee
            • Advocacy and Communications Subcommittee, 2009-present
            • Presented, Iowa Section Annual Conference, 2013;
            • Planning Committee, International Conference on Sustainable Infrastructure;
            • Codes and Standards Subcommittee, 2016-present
        • KC Section Assembly Delegate, 2015
        • National Convention, Panama, 2015
        • Governors and Presidents Forum, 2014
        • Government Relations Fly-In, 2006-2009; 2014-2015
        • Multi-Region Leadership Conference, 2003; 2007-2008; 2014-2015
        • New Face of Civil Engineering, 2010
        • Society Award for State Public Relations, 2009

            Other Volunteer Activities

            • Blue River Watershed Association (BRWA) Board
                • Vice-President, 2017
                • Fundraiser Committee Chair, 2015-2017
                • Membership Chair, 2017
              • Girl Scouts, Daisy Leader, 2017-present
              • Formed Clean Stream Team
              • BRWA Water Quality Testing with Kids

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