Natalie A. Meeks, P.E.

Status:
Awarded
Awarded:
Government Engineer of the Year
Nominated Categories
Lifetime Achievement in Civil Engineering
Other Categories
Awards:

2010 Woman of the Year, Women’s Transportation Seminar
2006 Government Engineer of Merit, American Society of Civil Engineers

Additional Files
Additional Information

Candidate Information

Name:
Natalie A. Meeks, P.E.
ASCE Member?:
Yes
Company:

City of Anaheim
Department of Public Works
200 S. Anaheim Blvd. Suite 276
Anaheim, CA 92805

Supervisor:
Education:

Master of Arts, Organizational Leadership, Chapman University, 2003
Bachelor of Science, Civil Engineering, California State University, Fullerton, 1984

Experience:

Natalie Meeks was appointed to the position of Director of Public Works in June 2007.  She is responsible for overseeing operations of 250 employees and a $240 million budget.
Areas of service provided by Meeks’ department include: Engineering, Transit Planning, Traffic and Transportation, Development Services, Records, Real Property, Construction Services, Financial and Administration Services, Fleet and Facility Services and Public Works Operations.  Additionally, Meeks is responsible for the development of the City’s annual five-year Capital Improvement Plan.
Currently, the Public Works department is taking the lead on major transportation projects that will provide residents and visitors greater options for traveling in and around Anaheim. 
In partnership with the Orange County Transportation Authority, the Anaheim Regional Transportation Intermodal Center (ARTIC) will convert a 16-acre site into a transportation gateway and a mixed-use activity center.  ARTIC is designed as a LEED platinum facility.
ARTIC serves the greater purpose as a large transportation hub with one of its main components being the Anaheim Rapid Connection (ARC).  ARC will be a modern streetcar system that will transport commuters and travelers to Anaheim’s major destinations in the Platinum Triangle and the Anaheim Resort®.  Natalie was instrumental in the trasformation of the Anaheim Resort in the 90s to the world class destination it is today.

Comments:

Natalie has not only been a remarkable engineer in her career but also a great leader and visionary.  She was a key part of the transformation raw land in the east end of Anaheim to the Anaheim Hills of today, she transformed the blighted streets around Disneyland to the Anaheim Resort of today, and now she will be transforming transit in Orange County with the construction of ARTIC and the Anaheim Rapid Transit streetcar for tomorrow.

Contribution to the Profession:

Orange County Transportation Authority, Technical Steering Committee Vice Chair
City Engineers Association of Orange County, Member and Past President
2012 International Congress Co-Chair, American Public Works Association,
American Public Works Association, Member
American Society of Civil Engineers, Member

Civic:

Natalie’s civic contributions have been through her continued annual support of promoting Public Works and Engineering in the community.  She uses National Public Works Week and the Anaheim 4th of July Parade to bring Public Works to the community through outreach, education and activities that instill pride in the residents and staff that live in the community.  She partners with organizations such as the Rotary Club, the School Districts and Faith Based Groups to enhance the quality of life in Anaheim though short term and long range planning to achieve the vision in Anaheim.  She has been a long time employee and resident of Anaheim and uses this to remain close to the community and engage issues promptly.  Natalie is also a great supporter of our local charities not only though personal monetary and time contribution, but also through personal sacrifice.  She recently took the “Ice Bucket Challenge” in what many have called the longest pour they have ever seen.  The video is available upon request!

Suggested Award Summary:

Natalie Meeks was appointed to the position of Director of Public Works in June 2007.  She is responsible for overseeing operations of 250 employees and a $240 million budget.
Areas of service provided by Meeks’ department include: Engineering, Transit Planning, Traffic and Transportation, Development Services, Records, Real Property, Construction Services, Financial and Administration Services, Fleet and Facility Services and Public Works Operations.  Additionally, Meeks is responsible for the development of the City’s annual five-year Capital Improvement Plan.
Currently, the Public Works department is taking the lead on major transportation projects that will provide residents and visitors greater options for traveling in and around Anaheim. 
In partnership with the Orange County Transportation Authority, the Anaheim Regional Transportation Intermodal Center (ARTIC) will convert a 16-acre site into a transportation gateway and a mixed-use activity center.  ARTIC is designed as a LEED platinum facility.
ARTIC serves the greater purpose as a large transportation hub with one of its main components being the Anaheim Rapid Connection (ARC).  ARC will be a modern streetcar system that will transport commuters and travelers to Anaheim’s major destinations in the Platinum Triangle and the Anaheim Resort®.  ARC is currently in the environmental review process.
Prior to being appointed Director of Public Works, Meeks served the City of Anaheim as City Engineer, overseeing Anaheim’s Capital Improvement Program, a Traffic Management Center and the Development Services staff. 
Meeks received her bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from California State University, Fullerton and a master’s degree in Organizational Leadership from Chapman University. 
Meeks has resided in and worked for the City of Anaheim for the last 25 years.

Project Awards

Burris Pump Station Project, Phase 1Skimming the Waters of Newport HaborSunset Ridge ParkLake Forest Sports ParkCoyote Creek Class I BikewayThe Anaheim Regional Transportation Intermodal Center (ARTIC) Corona del Mar Water Transmission MainSanta Ana River Interceptor (SARI Line) Relocation ProjectState Route 57 Northbound Widening (Central Phase)20 Story Office Tower and 8 Story parking Structure @ 650/670 Newport Center DriveTustin Ranch Road ExtensionBalboa Boulevard BeautificationPark PlaceSR 57 Widening North SegmentAnaheim Regional Transportation Intermodal Center (ARTIC)Irvine Regional Park Maintenance Building Replacement ProjectSand Canyon Avenue Grade SeparationSR-57 ImprovementsNewport Forcemain ProjectEmergency Roof Stabilization, Tustin Hangar 1Lower Santa Ana River Reach 9 Phase 2B ProjectNewport Beach Civic Center & ParkCity of San Clemente Recycled Water Expansion ProjectGroundwater Replenishment System Initial ExpansionCerritos Avenue Reconstruction and Sanitary Sewer Improvement Project Bristol Street Improvements Phase IINew Ocelot Exhibit at the Santa Ana ZooNewport Beach's Harbor Litter Removal ProjectBrookhurst Street Widening ProjectI-5/SR-74 Interchange Improvement ProjectOso Creek Multi-Use TrailPCH/Del Prado Street ImprovementsMarina ParkNewland, Edinger, and East Garden Grove Wintersburg Storm Channel Confluence SystemGobernadora Multipurpose BasinLincoln Avenue Widening over the Santa Ana RiverGilbert Street ImprovementsLAGUNA BEACH FESTIVAL OF ARTS FAÇADE/ENTRANCE PROJECTALEGRE AFFORDABLE APARTMENTSCow Camp Road Design – Phases 1A & 1BWest County Connectors ProjectWaste to Energy - Bowerman Power ProjectGlassell Yard Campus Stormwater Low-Impact Development Retrofit ProjectEsencia, Rancho Mission ViejoIrvine Boulevard Pedestrian BridgeOrange County Water District La Palma Groundwater Recharge BasinStanton Central ParkJeffrey Open Space Trail Emerald Bay Entrance WideningPeters Canyon (Wash) Channel Water Capture and Reuse Pipeline Project 91 Express Lanes Pavement Rehabilitation and CMS ReplacementMemory Lane Park, Santa AnaLa Pata Extension Project SR-91 Westbound WideningNewport Beach Country Club Clubhouse400 Spectrum Center Drive Soil Nail WallMyra 3 Stormwater Pump StationSunset/Huntington harbour Dredging and Waterline ProjectHuntington Beach Senior Center In Central ParkNewport Boulevard WideningCrown Valley Park Channel Entry ImprovementsAnaheim Convention Center Betterment VIIMackay ParkTesoro Zone II and Zone B Water FacilitiesPark Avenue Bridge over Grand CanalI-5/La Novia RoundaboutDairy Fork Wetland and Habitat RestorationJeffrey Road Park n' Ride Lot Expansion ProjectTustin-Rose Grade Separation Project, Part of the OCTA OC Bridges Grade Separations ProgramArgyros Girl Scout Leadership CenterWagon Wheel Creek Restoration and Stormwater ManagementOCTA OC Bridges ProgramABC Green Home 3.0 ProjectLaguna Beach Festival of the Arts Grounds RenovationOrtega Highway Emergency Repair ProjectThe Tracks at BreaBaker RanchCity of Buena Park Fire Station No. 61Arlington Drive Bioswale & Dry Weather Diversion ProjectAltair IrvineVillage Pond Park/Veterans Park RenovationMid-Basin Injection: Centennial ParkAgua Chinon CorridorTarbut V’ Torah Phase III & Phase IVRancho Mission Viejo Joint-Use PavilionI-5 HOV Improvement Project between Avenida Pico and Avenida Vista HermosaOrange County Great Park Sports ComplexCrawford Canyon Road Drainage Improvements & ReconstructionSouth Cove DevelopmentGreat Park Ice & FivePoint ArenaLido House HotelBroadcom Corporate Campus (now FivePoint GatewayWest Orange County Water Board Feeder No. 2 RelocationNewhope-Placentia Trunk Sewer Replacement Project State College Boulevard Grade SeparationLos Patrones ParkwayRancho Mission Viejo Multipurpose Path Urth Caffe - OrangeSR91 Widening from SR-55/91 Separation to SR-241/91 SeparationEdwards Lifesciences Parking Structure

Candidate Awards

Natalie A. Meeks, P.E.Tasha M. Kamegai-KaradiYazdan (Yaz) T. Emrani, P.E., Byron Tobey, PE, QSD, LEEP APEric WalkerGidti Ludesirishoti Victoria PilkoPratanu GhoshSteven R MarvinPhil Jones, PE Joshua Nelson, PEVictor AguirreKenneth H. Rosenfield, PEGeorge A. Jurica, PETom BogardRavi Shah, PE, QSP/QSDAmy Choi, EITElizabeth Ruedas, EIT, ENV SPMujahid ChandooRoxanne FollisAmir Aghakouchak, Ph.D., M-ASCE, P.E.Fred MinagarJeffrey Okamoto, PEHarvey GobasChloe GhariosKevin Onuma, P.E.Ryan ChamberlainDr. Adrian MooreMichael Pierce, A.M.ASCERemi Candaele, PE, MS, QSD/QSP, M.ASCEThomas A. Broz, P.E., S.E, F.ASCEKaren Cervantes, S.M.ASCEIsamar Escobar, A.M.ASCEKevin Kondru, P.E., M.ASCEDouglas J. Johnson, P.E., M.ASCEJeremy Redman, PhDChristopher HaireMojgan Hashemi, P.E., M.ASCEOC Report Card Executive CommitteeSteven J. Huff, P.E., M.ASCEWilliam Bennett, P.E., M.ASCEBruce Phillips, P.E.Brad Dybel, PEBryant WongGyssela (Jazzy) Quinabo, E.I.T.Nestor Godinez, PEProfessor Joel LanningElizabeth RuedasDave LoweWei KooBill LawsonAmber GanapathyBob KallenbaughState Senator Josh NewmanGary UrbanDr. Sudarshan KurwadkarClint Isa, PEJason Fix, PEChirath "Chuck" KarunathilakeAmber ShahAshlyn AlexanderJohn C HoganMarionne Philline LapitanDr. C.T. Bathala, PhD, P.E.Kevin Du Mont, P.E.Ziad Mazboudi, P.E., D.WRE, MBADavid Frattone, P.E.Lisa BartlettJennifer BohenGyssela (Jazzy) Quinabo, E.I.T.Andrew Pham, PE, City of IrvineMatthew Cugini, PE, CaltransFarzian Zareian, Ph.D.Thomas T. Kim, PEDon Hoppe, PEDoug Staley, PERavi Shah, PEMark Vukojevic, PEDavid Naish, PhDLacy KellyGary L. Miller, PEKenneth RosenfieldAndrew Easterling, EITSteven L. King, PESteven R. Marvin, PEJose G. Jimenez Jr.
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