Southern California CEO Earns Fellow Status

June 16, 2017


Lisa M. Penna, P.E., F.ASCE, the president and CEO of AndersonPenna Partners Inc., who has more than 30 years of experience in public works engineering, project management, and construction management, has been named a Fellow by the ASCE Board of Direction.

Penna leads over 80 staff members in municipal engineering and construction services throughout Southern California. She is experienced in flood control, transportation, water resources, environmental, and wastewater projects. Her areas of expertise include planning, design, inspection, construction, and the development of short- and long-term capital improvement programs, and her demonstration of successful project management capabilities managing complex multifaceted projects exceeds 25 years.

Her dedication to the field of civil engineering is evident in her involvement with notable organizations such as ASCE, American Public Works Association, the American Council of Engineering Companies Orange County Chapter (of which she will serve as president for 2017-18), City and County Engineers Association, Construction Managers Association of America, Women’s Transportation Seminar, California League of Cities, and the University of California, Irvine’s Civil and Environmental Engineering Affiliates.

Penna’s accomplishments in the field of public works have directly contributed to the civil engineering community. In 2003 she was published by Civil Engineering magazine for co-authoring “Storm-Water Strategy,” an informative article for engineers on how to improve the methods used to manage municipalities experiencing urban runoff problems. APWA awarded her 2016 APWA Top Leader of the Year (Private Sector) for her longtime membership and support of APWA’s mission to develop professionals in the field of public works. Under Penna’s leadership excellence, AndersonPenna Partners placed for a sixth consecutive year on the Orange County Business Journal’s Top 39 Engineering Companies list and for a fourth consecutive year on that Journal’s Top Women-Owned Businesses list for 2016.

Penna started her career with the City of Fountain Valley in 1983. She went on to hold positions of increasing responsibility elsewhere, eventually serving as deputy city engineer for the City of Dana Point from 2000 to 2002 and as capital improvement program manager for the City of Laguna Beach from 2009 to 2013.

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