Elected Region 10 Director

Portrait of April J. Lander

Vision statement

As an experienced Region 10 Governor elected to serve two terms (2015-2021), and who has led the development of sustainable infrastructure to protect human health and the environment, I have a global vision for the future of civil engineering that aligns with ASCE’s mission to build better quality of life by advancing technology, developing global leaders, and ensuring all infrastructure is safe, resilient, and sustainable.

As Director of Region 10, I will lead strategic change and strengthen ASCE as a global society. I will promote international partnerships, facilitate transfer of knowledge, provide professional development and educational opportunities, and encourage activities that will help society adapt to climate change and become more inclusive and sustainable.

Biographical statement


  • MEM, Water & Air, Duke University, USA, 1990
  • BA, Environmental Management, Knox College, USA, 1989

Certifications and licenses

  • ENV SP, Envision Sustainability Professional, Institute of Sustainable Infrastructure, USA, 2017-present
  • Certificates in business growth and management, New Zealand, 2015-2016

Work experience

  • Independent contractor, New Zealand, 2015-present
  • Manager, Enabling Good Lives, Ministry of Health/ Ministry of Education/ Ministry of Social Development, New Zealand, 2014-2015
  • Strategy Advisor, Environment Canterbury, New Zealand, 2013-2014
  • Manager-Technical Assistance & Environment/Health/Sustainable Development, Border Environment Cooperation Commission, US-Mexico, 1995-1998
  • Forester, Peruvian Foundation for the Conservation of Nature, Peru, 1994-1995
  • Chief, Regional Planning, Texas Water Development Board, USA, 1990-1993
  • Spanish speaker with experience in Costa Rica, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Mexico, and Puerto Rico
  • Experience in India, Philippines, Japan, S. Korea, Singapore, China, Hong Kong, Australia, Middle East, and Europe

ASCE involvement


  • Asian Civil Engineering Coordinating Council (ACECC)
    • ASCE Representative, 2020-present
    • Chair and ASCE Representative to TC-26 Climate Change, Water Resources, and Sustainable Development, 2020-present
    • Vice-Chair and ASCE Representative to TC-24 Gender and Development in Infrastructure, 2019-present
    • ASCE representative to TC-14 Sustainable Infrastructure, 2018-present
  • Governor, Region 10 Board, 2015-2021
    • Secretary
    • Treasurer
    • Responsible for Philippines, Japan, South Korea, and New Zealand
  • International Conference on Sustainable Infrastructure
    • Program Committee, 2020-2021
    • Sustainability Leader, 2017
  • Member, MOSAIC, 2019-present
  • EWRI Desalination and Water Reuse Committee
    • Vice-Chair, 2021-present
    • Member, 2017-present
  • Member, Committee on Anti-Corruption and Ethical Practice
  • Member, Committee on Adaptation to a Changing Climate, Hydroclimatology and Engineering Adaptation, 2021-present
  • Member, Climate Safe Infrastructure Committee, 2021-present
  • Member, Planning Committee on Global Sustainability, 2017-present
  • Member, Sustainability Expand Capacity/Certification Committee, 2017-present
  • Member, Global Strategy Council, 2017-2020
  • Member, Sustainability Liaison Committee, 2016-present
  • Member, EWRI Border International Water Quality Committee, 1996-present
  • ASCE member for 25 years, 1996-present


  • Region 10
    • Lead, Region 10 sustainability activities and R10 sustainability colleagues
    • Member, Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Committee
    • Member, Region 10 Distinguished Service Medal Nominations Committee
    • Member, Elections Nominations Committee
  • Past President and Founder, ASCE New Zealand Group, 2012-2015
  • Visited India, Philippines, Japan, S. Korea, Australia, Colombia and UAE Sections

Other volunteer activities

  • Reader/Writer for high school students taking exams, 2019-present
  • Justice of the Peace, 2018-present
  • Civil Defense Team Leader and Welfare Centre Supervisor, 2013-present


  • Oak Ridge Associated Universities Research Fellowship
  • Duke University Scholarship
  • Szold Scholarship


  • Co-Editor and Co-Author, Concentrate Management in Desalination: Case Studies, Second Edition, EWRI/ASCE 2021
  • Co-Author, Comprehensive Transboundary Water Quality Management Agreement with Guidelines for Development of a Management Plan, Standards, and Criteria, EWRI/ASCE Standard 33-09 (and 33-01)