Gerald E. “Jerry” Buckwalter will join the ASCE staff in a new role, Chief Operating and Strategy Officer, effective June 4.
Buckwalter will be responsible for helping to shape the Society’s strategic direction and operational effectiveness. Among his key early responsibilities will be continued oversight of ASCE’s new Future World Vision project. He will also oversee several areas of internal operations, including finance and administration, engineering and lifelong learning, and human resources.
“A respected and visible leader within the infrastructure sector, Jerry has the perfect blend of vision, intellect, and pragmatism, and I am really looking forward to working with him,” said ASCE Executive Director Tom Smith. In the new position, Buckwalter will report directly to Smith.
“I feel confident that his proven leadership skills, sound business aptitude, and experience in strategic thinking will strengthen ASCE’s ability to provide value to our members and the profession,” Smith said.
Buckwalter brings more than 35 years of experience leading the development of strategies and solutions in multiple organizations with diverse missions.
Most recently, he worked for Northrop Grumman, where he served in several capacities, including director of corporate strategy, information systems and business development, and as vice president of homeland security.
During his decades of experience working in the infrastructure sector, Buckwalter served in various appointed roles on the National Infrastructure Advisory Council under both Presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush. He is a member of the board of the Center for Public Policy Innovation and has also served on the board of the National Homeland Defense Foundation and the executive committee of Virginia’s Institute for Defense and Homeland Security.
Buckwalter has been a member of the ASCE Industry Leaders Council since 2009 and received the 2018 ASCE William H. Wisely American Civil Engineer Award.