Pamela Townsend will direct strategic planning and growth opportunities for the firm’s Southeast operations
Dewberry, a privately held professional services firm, named Pamela Townsend, P.E., to the firm as senior vice president and director of Southeast strategic planning and growth.
Townsend comes to Dewberry from AECOM, where as senior vice president, she has held responsibilities for the Southern States District operations, including the profitability and overall direction of the $120 million, 500-person division. She has also been responsible for the Southern States and Florida transportation operations
“We have gotten to know and respect Pam over the years through her reputation for client and project management and her community outreach,” says Darren Conner, president of Dewberry’s southeast division. “Her passion and dedication to our profession will make her a great fit at Dewberry.”
“I am excited to join Dewberry,” says Townsend. “We’re going to be focusing immediately on expanding our services and growing our capabilities in the Southeast region. It’s a good time to be here.”
Townsend’s nearly 30-year career in the consulting engineering business includes program and project management of major federal, state and local government projects. Noteworthy projects Pam has managed include complex environmental studies and permitting, major transportation infrastructure projects and multiple infrastructure projects delivered through design-build and public-private-partnership contracts.
Townsend is a past president of Professional Engineers of North Carolina (PENC). She has also served as a director in American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) of North Carolina. She was a director on the WTS National Scholarship Board, chairing the scholarship selection committee, and served on the board of North Carolina Beautiful. She was appointed to the NC State University (NCSU) Civil Engineering Advisory Board, and in 2012, she chaired the NCSU Zia Lecture series on the Panama Canal Expansion attended by more than 700.
Townsend has recently accepted a board position with the North Carolina Chamber of Commerce. She also will be serving on the executive committee of NCGO, a coalition of transportation advocates whose mission is to support efforts to improve transportation funding and improve the state’s transportation infrastructure.
Townsend co-chairs the Business Advisory Board for the new STEM WAKE/NCSU High School focusing on Engineering Grand Challenges, included in legislation developed by the JOBS Commission. Townsend received a Gubernatorial appointment to this joint legislative commission. She also currently serves on the Pathways to Prosperity Statewide initiative.
Townsend’s awards include WTS North Carolina Triangle Chapter’s Woman of the Year; Triangle Business Journal’s Women in Business; PENC President’s Award; and PENC Central Carolina Chapter Engineer of the Year.
Townsend received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in civil engineering from NCSU. She holds professional engineering licenses in North Carolina, South Carolina, Alabama and Georgia, and National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES).