President's Message From Carlos Castellanos

President's Message From Carlos Castellanos



The beginning of 2021, like every new year, is an opportunity to reflect and transform. 2020 has forced us to see the world in a different light. It has pushed us further apart physically but brought us closer together emotionally and allowed us to better appreciate what is important in life. We have so much to be thankful for in life.

I am privileged to serve the American Public Works Association, Southern California Chapter, which is the fifth largest chapter in the United States, as President for 2021 with the ultimate goal of moving our profession forward. For the past 80 plus years, the American Public Works Association has focused on supporting those who operate, improve and maintain public works and infrastructure through advocacy, education and member engagement. Our agenda for 2021 aligns with these priorities. 

  • Focus on our members by providing meaningful educational programs and networking possibilities.
  • Focus on young professionals and students by offering more opportunities to be part of the network through programs and mentorships.
  • Focus on technology, which starts with an accessible and user-friendly website to connect our members with our countless resources.

But 2021 won’t be any easier unless everyone becomes a stakeholder in upholding our mission. We are only as strong as our membership. Find ways to support the chapter by volunteering, attending education sessions and advocating for Public Works. Invite a colleague and encourage a young professional to tap into our strong network. Meeting these challenges will allow our membership to grow and the association to greater serve. In part, the success of our chapter is also due to the generous contributions our annual sponsors make to fund many of our programs, including the scholarships awarded to high school seniors and college students.  

Tran Tran (immediate Past President), thank you for taking this past year head-on and pivoting the entire chapter on short notice to stay connected and provide services to our members. And to all those involved in delivering 2020, thank you for your countless hours of hard work and dedication.

To the 2021 Board of Directors and Committees, let us use this moment to reinvent ourselves, to find new ways to effectively reach our members and further make our members the top-priority. We welcome input from anyone on how to better serve our member’s needs. The chapter appreciates your commitment.  

APWA has benefitted my career in many ways and can be part of your success story too. I hope to see everyone prosper in 2021. I look forward to meeting many of you virtually in the next few months and in-person eventually. Take care. 


Carlos Castellanos, P.E.

Southern California APWA Chapter President

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