Government Affairs Committee

ascebuildingBridging the gap: Engineers, Public Policy, and Politics

Civil engineers are challenged with improving the infrastructure and quality of life in Los Angeles. However, much of L.A.'s vast and complex infrastructure of water, transportation, structures, and energy are in a state of disrepair and unable to meet the demands of the region. Investing in infrastructure is a matter of public policy and legislation, which at times can be favorable or obstructive to financing and building infrastructure. As experts and leaders in infrastructure, civil engineers must be involved in the policy making process at all levels of government to champion the major water, transportation, structures, and energy needs of Los Angeles. The ASCE MLAB Government Affairs Committee (GAC) is dedicated to developing and advocating a comprehensive infrastructure agenda for the region. To accomplish our goals, GAC meets and contacts elected officials each year to discuss and inform on issues such as:

  • Critical Projects for the Future
  • Infrastructure Policy and Legislation
  • Sustainability
  • Funding and Financing
  • STEM Education


If interested in advocating these types of issues and becoming involved with GAC, please feel free to attend our monthly meetings:

When: 1st Tuesday of every month
(Next meeting (12/2/2014)

Where: CH2M HILL office
1000 Wilshire Blvd, Suite 2100
Los Angeles, CA 90017

For more information, please contact:
Charlie Hetland, GAC Co-Chair
Phone: (213)-228-8260
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Jason Zhang, GAC Co-Chair
Phone: (626) 458-3138
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