Region 9 Governor Official Nominee

Portrait of Elizabeth Z. Bialek

Vision statement

As Governor, I will serve members and advance our profession by supporting the Region’s strong legislative advocacy efforts including legislative visits, advocacy letters and promotion of the Key Contacts program. I will also support the Region’s infrastructure policy initiatives, including the California Infrastructure Symposium and the activities of the Region’s committees. ASCE provides members with valuable professional resources, networking opportunities as well as the ability to shape infrastructure policy and the direction of the profession, which I will continue to uphold.

I will also promote activities that provide member value and foster engagement. ASCE must maintain a strong membership base to remain vibrant. Member engagement is the key to retain members and it provides value to each of us individually. I will proactively engage new graduates to encourage membership retention. I also plan to bring ASCE leadership and mentoring resources, such as the Professional Skills Series, to the Region and its Branches.

With over 30 years of experience, including service to ASCE at all levels, I have a record of collaborative involvement in the development of events, programs and policies and I look forward to continuing to serve and advance Region 9’s initiatives.

Biographical statement

Education

  • M.S., Geotechnical Engineering, University of California, Berkeley, 1991
  • B.S., Civil Engineering, University of California, Berkeley, 1989
  • Exchange Student, Gdansk Technical University, Gdansk, Poland, 1988
  • Management Leadership Academy, EBMUD, 2006

Work experience

  • East Bay Municipal Utility District
    • Engineering Manager, 2006-present
    • Senior Civil Engineer, 2001-2006
    • Associate/Assistant Civil Engineer, 1995-2001
  • City of Oakland, Assistant Engineer, 1994-1995
  • Roger Foott Associates, Inc., Project Engineer, 1991-1994
  • California Department of Water Resources, Assistant Engineer, 1989-1990

ASCE involvement

Society-level

  • Chair, Committee on Developing Leaders
  • Past Chair and Peer Reviewer, Public Agency Peer Review
  • Past Corresponding Member, Committee on Diversity and Inclusion

Local-level

  • Vice-Chair, Region 9 Water and Environment Committee
  • Dams Chair and Water Committee Member, Region 9 California Infrastructure 2019 Report Card
  • Past Chair, Region 9 California Infrastructure Symposium Committee – Water Track
  • Past President, San Francisco Section

Other volunteer activities

  • Polish Community Volunteer Youth Leader

Awards

  • ASCE HJ Brunnier Award Recipient, San Francisco Section, 2020