Region 5 Governor Official Nominee

Portrait of Rebecca Shelton

Vision statement

ASCE has a lot to offer its members, from technical institutes to volunteer student outreach opportunities to legislative input. The opportunities are overwhelming at times and often members do not know all of the services available to them. I have been involved with the ASCE Georgia Section for 15 years and on Society level committees since 2015. My goal is to continue to increase collaboration between the Student Chapters, Branches, Section, Region and Society. The Covid-19 pandemic made this more challenging, but also showed us that we can use virtual platforms to have frequent productive collaboration in addition to less frequent in-person events.

Because of ASCE, I have increased my leadership skills, gone on a humanitarian mission trip to Nicaragua, spoken to many students about civil engineering as a career, been interviewed by media on infrastructure issues, met with my elected officials and toured the Panama Canal locks under construction. I want members to know ASCE can do so much more for them than provide technical content and networking. ASCE provides meaningful volunteer opportunities and a voice for infrastructure investment. Time spent volunteering with ASCE helps the civil engineering profession and can broaden a member’s horizons in ways they never imagined.

Biographical statement

Education

  • M.S. Civil Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, 2002
  • B.S. Environmental Engineering, University of Central Florida, 1996

Certification and licenses

  • Certificate of Local Government Executive Leadership, University of Georgia, 2021
  • Certificate of Local Government Management, University of Georgia, 2014

Work experience

  • Gwinnett County Water Resources, Assistant Director, 2019-present; Deputy Director, 2014-2019; Engineer V, 2011-2014
  • City of Atlanta Department of Watershed Management, Watershed Manager, 2009-2011
  • Cardozo Engineering, Consultant on the City of Atlanta Consent Decree Program, 2008-2009
  • City of Alpharetta Engineering/Public Works, Deputy Director, 2006-2008; Senior Engineer, 2002-2006; Civil Engineer, 2000-2002
  • Black & Veatch, Engineer I, 1999-2000
  • Gwinnett County Public Utilities, Project Coordinator, 1997-1999

ASCE involvement

Society-level

  • Past Chair, Public Agency Peer Review Committee, 2016-present
  • Member, Committee for America’s Infrastructure, 2015-present
  • DC Fly-In, 2012-2020

Local-level

  • Co-Chair, Georgia Infrastructure Report Card, 2008-present
  • Georgia Section Board, 2006-2016
    • YM Director
    • External Director
    • Treasurer
    • Vice-President
    • President-elect
    • President
    • Past President

Other volunteer activities

  • Co-President, Rotary Club of Buford North Gwinnett, 2021-2022; Treasurer, 2017-2021; President, 2016-2017
  • Race Director, Suwanee Sweetheart Sprint Fundraiser, 2015-present

Awards

  • ASCE Georgia President’s Award, 2018, 2012, 2009
  • Rotary District 6910 Governor’s Leadership Award, 2017
  • Georgia Engineering Alliance Volunteer of the Year, 2017
  • ASCE Georgia Civil Engineer of the Year, 2010
  • Georgia Engineering Alliance Engineer of the Year in Government, 2008