Bridging 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 contact
Charlie Hetland, GAC Chair
Phone: (213)-228-8260
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Founded in 1852, the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) represents more than 145,000 members of the civil engineering profession worldwide and is America's oldest national engineering society. The Metropolitan Los Angeles Branch (MLAB) is dedicated to serving its more than 3,000 members locally. MLAB's membership is the largest is the country and its breadth of engineering experience is demonstrated in the many volunteers who give their time and efforts to the betterment of the profession and the society.