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ACEC California Staff

Brad Diede

Executive Director 


The Executive Director focuses on ACEC California's external relations, including ACEC California chapters, ACEC national, public officials, and industries and professions that affect the membership. He also oversees the ACEC California staff, finances, and implementation of the association's policies and programs. He serves as staff liaison on the following committees: Executive, CA-ACEC-PAC Board of Governors, Organization & Planning, Nominating, Architects & Engineers Liaison, Infrastructure Delivery Council, Prevailing Wage Law and Associated General Contractors Liaison.




Christian Anger

Membership Director


Christian is responsible for the recruitment and retention of ACEC California's member firms, oversees  the marketing and delivery of ACEC California's  member services, and facilitates internal association communication with the 22 local regional chapters. In addition, Christian manages social media communication, serves as managing editor of the association magazine Engineering and Surveying Business Review, and is the staff liaison to the Membership Committee, the Business Management and Insurance Committee, as well as the Land Use/Environmental Sustainability Committee.




Kelly Garman

Director of Government Affairs


Kelly Garman is the Director of Government Affairs for the American Council of Engineering Companies – California.  Kelly is responsible for managing ACEC California's state legislative activities and external public relations efforts, tying together the organization’s policy agenda and political objectives with the promotion of the engineering and land surveying profession. Prior to joining ACEC California, Kelly served four and a half years as Legislative Director for the State Senate Minority Leader and had worked on legislative issues in the State Capitol for more than 10 years while representing multiple state legislators. 




Jennifer Horne 

Policy Outreach Coordinator


As the Policy Outreach Coordinator for ACEC California, Jennifer Horne is the point of contact for all issues related to Qualifications-Based Selection; the procurement method that federal, state, and local agencies are required to utilize in their selection of engineers, land surveyors, and other design professionals. Jennifer is spearheading a campaign to equip ACEC California's members with an understanding of QBS law and educate local agencies about QBS statute and benefits. She also accepts RFPs/RFQs that contain QBS violations and confidentially engages with agencies on behalf of member firms.  Before coming to work for ACEC California, Jennifer was the Deputy District Director for a United States Congressman and worked closely with agencies at all levels of government on behalf of constituents.


Stephanie Reed 

Office Manager


Stephanie oversees the day-to-day functions of the office.  She manages the clerical staff and organizes special projects such as major mailings, convention and seminar preparations, and yearly updates of ACEC California’s statute books, Membership Directory and Leadership Manual.  Stephanie plays a vital role in events management and Engineering Excellence Awards (EEA). She oversees the membership database and is responsible for preparing, sending out and maintaining all dues records.  Stephanie is the Executive Secretary to the Health Insurance Trust and maintains employee records. She is also responsible for overseeing the procurement and maintenance of office equipment and supplies.  Contact Stephanie at

Holly Cole 

Accounting Manager


Holly maintains the financial records, payables and investments for ACEC California, the Health Insurance Trust, the Political Action Committee, the Communication Foundation, Scholarship Foundation, and the 401K Plan. She is also responsible for reporting all political and lobbying activities to the required governmental offices as well as the Fair Political Practice Commission. Holly also coordinates our EEA judging program and banquet.

Lauren Jeglinski

Executive Assistant


Lauren assists the Executive Director. She provides administrative support to committees within the Services Program Area and works closely with the Prevailing Wage Committee and the Political Action Committee. She distributes the ACEC California's monthly newsletter, News & Events. Lauren maintains current lists of committees and chapter officers and tracks political fundraising events. She compiles the Board of Directors meeting packets and assists in preparation with the Engineering Excellence Awards. Additionally, she handles legislative appointments for the Executive Director.

Breanna Pineda
Legislative & Programs Coordinator


Breanna assists the Director of Government Affairs. She manages the Director of Government Affair's calendar and provides support for tracking of legislation and other legislative tasks. Breanna assists in the distribution and administrative matters to the Caltrans Liaison Committee, BPELSG Committee, Grassroots Committee and Legislative Action and Review Committees. She also coordinates the planning of Legislative Visit Day.

Paige Madden

Membership and Communications Coordinator

Paige assists the Membership Director here in the ACEC California office. She is responsible for maintaining ACEC California's membership database, distributing ACEC California's monthly chapter rosters, and assisting with the recruitment of new members. Paige updates and maintains the ACEC California website along with being the contact person for Job Postings. Plus, she helps with the organizing and planning of the annual Strategic Summit.

Beckie Liu


Beckie carries out general office responsibilities while answering phones for our busy office. She also handles the processing and shipping of publication orders. Beckie updates the annual statute publications, assists with various mailings and participates with assembling packets for a number of ACEC California events. Contact Beckie at

Jenny Devine

Events Specialist


Jenny is the contracted Events Specialist for ACEC California  The Events Manager's key responsibilities are to plan, promote and evaluate various ACEC California meetings, including ACEC California's Annual Conference, quarterly Board of Directors meetings, seminars and committee meetings.

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