Region 9’s Nominations Committee
By Yazdan T. Emrani, P.E., ENV SP
Chair, Nominating Committee
Do you want to become a Region 9 Governor?
This is a question that may or may not have crossed your mind. Some of you may be thinking what does a Region 9 Governor do? Some of you may be asking what does Region 9 do? Well, as the former Region 9 Governor representing the Los Angeles Section, and the current Chair of the Nominating Committee, I am hoping this brief article will answer at least some of your questions, so that you do think about opportunities to get involved with Region 9 at all levels, including becoming a Region 9 Governor.
ASCE has 10 geographical regions. Each region is typically composed of several states, with Region 10 being ASCE’s international region. Unlike other ASCE regions, however, Region 9 is composed entirely of only the State of California. There are four sections within Region 9; these being Sacramento, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and San Diego. We are the largest membership region in North America in ASCE with over 17,000 members.
Region 9 is governed by a seven-member Board of Governors. There is one governor representing each of the four sections within the region, plus two At-Large Governors, and a Director, who chairs the Board. In addition to the governors, the presidents of all four Region 9 Sections are also part of Region 9 Board. Region 9 also includes many committees, whom their chairs also participate in Board meetings. Some examples of these committees include Government Relations, Water and Environment, Transportation and Development , Infrastructure Policy Committee, and Nominating Committee, to name a few.
So, what does the Board of Governors do? The Board serves a variety of functions, some of these functions include:
- Assisting in development and implementation of Society’s strategic plan.
- Reviewing Annual Reports from the Region organizational entities, and help resolve issues of concern
- Providing leadership and directions for Region’s technical, professional and educational activities
- Serving as a resource to Sections, Branches, and Student Chapters for Society-level programs
- Providing input to ASCE’s Board of Direction on policy initiatives
- Being in the forefront of legislative activities and issues of concern to Civil Engineers
- Facilitating Region Governor and Director elections
Region 9 Governors serve a 3-year staggered term to ensure continuity on the Board. ASCE’s fiscal year begins on October 1st, and we are currently accepting applications for one Region 9 Governor from the Sacramento Section and one Region 9 Governor from the San Francisco Section for terms beginning October 1, 2022. To be considered for this position, you must be a Society member in good standing and have an Address of Record within the Section being represented. It is helpful to also have prior service as a Branch, Section or Institute officer, member of a Section or Branch committee, or a member of a Society-level Committee with demonstrated leadership skills. These are elected positions under the election procedures and rules of ASCE.
To apply for either one of these positions, please submit the following documents by the deadline of December 1, 2021, to myself at Yazemrani@gmail.com and 2) Patricia Jones, Managing Director, Executive and Board Operations, ASCE, at PJones@ASCE.org:
- A Letter of Intent to apply for this elected office
- Signed Governor Commitment document (you can contact me for this form)
- Biographical Statement, not to exceed 200 words
- Vision Statement, not to exceed 200 words
- Any endorsements
- Color head shot photograph
All nominees will be requested to attend a virtual interview before the Region 9 Board of Governors on January 20, 2022, at a time to be set.
I hope that I have been able to at least pique your interest in getting involved with Region 9. There are many additional resources that are available to you if you would like to learn more about Region 9, its governance and how you can get involved. I would recommend starting with our web site at https://regions.asce.org/region9/
Also, feel free to contact me with any additional questions or comments at firstname.lastname@example.org and I look forward to hearing from you!