At A Glance: The New Virginia Municipal Committee

Erin Donovan, Chair of the Virginia Municipal Committee, discusses her new committee and it's mission.
I am honored to chair the new ACEC/MW Virginia Municipal Committee.  We held our first meeting on January 17, 2020 at Summer Consultants in Tysons, Virginia.  Many people attended with representatives from across the engineering community.  After some initial introductions and administrative items, the meeting focused on the mission of this new committee and a collective brainstorming of the varied localities within Northern Virginia. 
The mission of the Virginia Municipal Committee is to engage with representatives within localities such as Arlington and Fairfax Counties, the Cities of Fairfax, Alexandria, and Falls Church, and the Towns of Herndon and Vienna across technical business lines such as transportation, facilities, schools, and environmental/stormwater, as well as procurement and legislative issues that could impact the engineering industry. We want to be the voice of the engineering community as we interact with these localities.
In these efforts, the committee will face challenges including ensuring close coordination with other ACEC/MW committees as well as ACEC Virginia to ensure that we are working together efficiently to better the engineering community. Our initial meeting focused on establishing a list of the departments with each of the localities and assigning committee members to gather information about each. Next steps will include establishing points of contact within the agencies and creating a plan of action for reaching out to each. 
The committee has already garnered a good deal of interest and there was great energy at the first meeting.  If you are interested in getting involved, please reach out to me or ACEC/MW.  I am excited to lead the group as we embark on this very important mission for ACEC/MW!

The Virginia Municipal Committe at Its First Meeting

Erin Donovan, PE, CQA, is Director of Engineering at T3 Design, a woman-owned engineering consulting firm located in Fairfax, Virginia. Erin earned a B.S. in Civil Engineering from The Catholic University of American in Washington, DC and a M.S. in Civil Engineering from Virginia Tech. Erin is responsible for managing a staff of engineers with a business practice that includes Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia.  Erin has been active in many professional organizations including holding leadership roles in ASCE and TRB as well as WTS-DC.  Erin is an ACEC/MW member and currently serves as Chair of the  Virginia Municipal Committee. 


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