ACEC 2020-2021 Executive Committee


Charles J. Gozdziewski
Chair, 2020-2021

Charles J. Gozdziewski

Mr. Gozdziewski is Chairman Emeritus of Hardesty & Hanover in New York.

He is active on ACEC’s Planning Cabinet, the Design Professionals Coalition, and was Chair of the national ACEC/PAC Champions Committee. He has served as President and National Director of ACEC/New York.

He holds a BS in Aerospace Engineering from the Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn.

 

 

 


Linda Bauer Darr
President and CEO

Linda Bauer Darr

Ms. Darr is President/CEO of ACEC, joining the Council in August 2018. She came to the Council after serving as president of the American Short Line and Regional Railroad Assocation (2014-2018) and the American Moving & Storage Association (2007-2014). She also held senior positions from 2001 – 2007 with the American Bus Association, and from 1998-2000 served as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Budget and Programs at the U.S. Department of Transportation.

She holds a Bachelor's of Science degree from the University of Maryland.

Ms. Darr is a member of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Committee of 100 Top Association Executives.

 

 

 


Robin Greenleaf
Chair-elect, 2020-2021

Robin Greenleaf

Ms. Greenleaf is Chief Executive Officer of Architectural Engineers, Inc. in Boston, MA.

She has served as President of ACEC/MA, and serves as PAC Co-Champion for ACEC/MA. She is former Chair of CAMEE, the Coalition of American Mechanical and Electrical Engineers.

She holds a BS in Civil Engineering from Oregon State University, and an MS in Structural Engineering from Drexel University.

 

 

 


Keith A. London
Senior Vice Chair, 2020-2021

Keith A. London

Mr. London is President and CEO of Kennedy/Jenks Consultants in California.

He is active on ACEC’s Planning Cabinet, Environment and Energy Committee, Tax and Regulatory Affairs Committee, and on the Design Professionals Coalition.

He holds a BS in Civil Engineering from Purdue University.

 

 

 


Matt Hirst
Treasurer, 2020-2022

Matt Hirst

Mr. Hirst is President & CEO of CRS Engineers in Salt Lake City.

He is active on ACEC’s Sales and Marketing Forum, the Small Firm Council, ACEC’s Transportation Committee, and regularly moderates the medium firm CEO forums. He has served as Board Member, President and National Director of ACEC/Utah.

He holds a BS & MS in Civil Engineering/Project Management from the University of Utah

 

 

 


Ed Alizadeh
Vice Chair, 2020-2022

Ed Alizadeh

Mr. Alizadeh is CEO of Geotechnology, Inc. in St. Louis, MO.

Mr. Alizadeh is active in the Transportation Committee and Geoprofessional Coalition and previously served in all the major leadership positions in ACEC Missouri.

He holds a BS in Petroleum Engineering from the University of Tulsa and a JD from St. Louis University.

 

 

 


John L. Carrato
Vice Chair, 2019-2021

John L. Carrato

Mr. Carrato is President and CEO of Alfred Benesch & Company in Chicago, Illinois

He is Chair of the ACEC/PAC Champions Committee, Chair of the ACEC Research Institute, Vice Chair of the Management Practices Committee, and active on ACEC’s Transportation Committee and the Design Professionals Coalition.

He holds a BS and MS in Structural Engineering from the University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign.

 

 

 


Michael Cooper
Vice Chair, 2020-2022

Michael Cooper

Mr. Cooper is President and Managing Principal of HED in Michigan.

He is active on ACEC’s Planning Cabinet and ENR 500 Executive Steering Committee, in addition to serving as the Executive Committee Liaison to the ACEC Life Health Trust. He has also held all major leadership positions within ACEC Michigan.

He holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Michigan and an MBA from the University of Phoenix.

 

 

 


Gary W. Raba
Vice Chair, 2020-2022

Gary Raba

Dr. Gary W. Raba is President of Raba Kistner, Inc. in San Antonio, Texas.

He is active on ACEC’s Planning cabinet, the Design Professional Coalition and is Chair of the national ACEC/PAC Committee. Gary has served as ACEC/Texas Chairman and PAC Chair.

He holds BS, MS and Doctor of Engineering degrees in Civil Engineering from Texas A&M University.

 

 

 


Kenneth Wm. Smith
Vice Chair, 2019-2021

Kenneth Wm. Smith

Mr. Smith is CEO of T. Baker Smith in Houma, Louisiana.

He serves as ACEC/PAC Champion for ACEC/Louisiana, and is active on ACEC’s International Committee, COPS, and CFO Council. He is a graduate of the Senior Executives Institute.

He holds a BS in Civil Engineering from Louisiana Tech University.

 

 

 


James Smith
NAECE President, 2020-2021

James Smith

Mr. Smith is Executive Director of the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) of North Carolina and is the current President of the National Association of Engineering Council Executives (NAECE). NAECE is comprised of the Executive Directors of the 52 member organizations affiliated with ACEC National, as well as the Executive Directors of several other related international organizations.

 

 

 


Mitchel W. Simpler
Chair Emeritus, 2020-2021

Mitchel W. Simpler

Mr. Simpler is Managing Partner of Jaros, Baum & Bolles in New York.

He is active on ACEC’s Budget Committee, Planning Cabinet, Government Advocacy Coordinating Committee and CAMEE. He has served previously on the Executive Committee as Vice Chair.

He holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Lehigh University.

 

 

 

 

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