Amber Shah

Outstanding Civil Engineer in Legislative Activities
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Amber Shah
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City of Laguna Hills


Lawrence Technological University, Michigan





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Amber has been actively involved in ASCE since 2007, where she has consistently demonstrated her commitment to the Civil Engineering profession and is currently serving as LA Section Secretary. She has held many roles within ASCE starting with the Los Angeles Younger Member Forum (LA YMF) as the Membership Chair and quickly advanced her involvement to serve as Vice President, President-Elect, President and Past-President between the years 2008 to 2012. From 2011 to 2013, she took on the role of LA Section YMF Liaison representing the seven YM Groups within LA Section. From 2013-2015, Ms. Shah accepted an appointment to serve at the regional level as the YM Liaison to the 12 YM Groups within California. Amber was chosen for this important role due to her past record of successful leadership with the YM Groups in the LA Section. In 2014, she was selected to attend Emerging Leaders Alliance and received the Carl Blum Award for her dedication and involvement in the success of YM Groups in LA Section.

Ms. Shah has also been actively involved with legislative activities since 2008 when she was involved with organizing the first Metropolitan Los Angeles Branch (MLAB) Engineers in Politics workshop and was a part of the effort to lobby ASCE to consider changing their status from a 501(c)(3) to a (501(c)(6). Currently, she serves as a Federal Advocacy Captain for the Society and as part of her involvement has participated in several State and Federal Fly-Ins. In 2015, she co-presented a session on the importance of Legislative Advocacy at the ASCE Construction Institute Annual Summit. Most recently, she was involved with the “No on Prop 6” campaign to protect billions of dollars in existing funding for infrastructure spending under SB1 on the November 2018 ballot.

Ms. Shah has also been actively involved with the Construction Institute (CI) at the Society level since 2008, where she contributed in helping successfully plan two CI YM conferences in Los Angeles and New York. From 2013-2016, she served as the CI YM Secretary, Vice-Governor and Governor.  Over the years she has also been involved with organizing and serving as a mentor and judge at several CI Annual Student Days. In 2016, she worked with the Orange County Branch to establish a local CI chapter and still serves as its chair. In 2017, she also began serving an appointment to the Member Communities Committee (MCC) as the Technical (Institute) representative.

Ms. Shah has maintained her heavy involvement in ASCE while maintaining a balance with her work commitments as an Associate Engineer at the City of Laguna Hills since 2016. Prior to joining the City, she had 10 years of experience in construction management working as an integral part of the teams delivering projects including the $1.5B Gerald Desmond Bridge Replacement Project at the Port of Long Beach and the $300M South Airfield Improvement Program and $80M Crossfield Taxiway Project, both at Los Angeles International Airport.


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