Harris is pleased to announce that Director Frank Lopez, PE, QSD, CFM will receive the national American Public Works Association (APWA) Young Leader Award. Recipients receive the award at the national APWA annual conference or Public Works Exchange (PWX) which is taking place in Minneapolis, Minnesota in late August.
Frank has held several leadership positions within the APWA Monterey Bay Chapter, including serving as the 2014 President of the Monterey Bay Chapter. Additionally, he was a part of team that won the 2013 Central Coast APWA Chapter’s Project of the Year award for their work on the Charolais Creek Restoration in Paso Robles, CA.
Frank currently serves as part of a committee tasked with developing a stormwater BMP assessment tool to be used by agencies on the Central Coast in order to comply with the Phase II Stormwater Permit. He collaborated with the Central Coast Low Impact Development Initiative (LIDI) to obtain a Prop. 84 Grant to redevelop sections of Old Town Gonzales to address stormwater runoff. The project is ranked #2 in the State.
Frank continues to focus on his development as an engineer and public works professional, participating in several leadership training programs, including the 2014 APWA Leadership Training in Kansas City, Floodplain Managers annual training, and last year, he was selected to participate in Harris' Leadership Academy, a comprehensive leadership training program offered to a select number of individuals each year. Frank also continues to give back to the community. He serves on the Board of Directors for the City of Gonzales Little League- District 9 and is serving as a Mentor to 9th grade Math, Engineering, Science and Achievement students at Gonzales High School and Watsonville High School.