AECOM, the world’s trusted infrastructure consulting firm, today announced Ken Billups has been appointed as Vice President of Economic Inclusion and Social Impact for the Company’s LA Metro and Southern California region. He will be responsible for managing the regional strategy and execution in areas spanning business inclusion, workforce development, career pathways, the implementation of youth and educational programs, and strategic endeavors related to community and stakeholder engagement.
“Ken is an all-around champion for business inclusion, workforce development, community engagement and strives to implement strategic efforts to diversify talent,” said Matt Crane, regional chief executive of AECOM’s U.S. West region. “Born and raised in Los Angeles, Ken brings significant knowledge and relationships through his work with municipalities, agencies, schools, subcontractors, and strategic partnerships to maximize opportunities in business inclusion, workforce development and project execution.”
Mr. Billups has nearly a decade of experience as a dedicated leader in equity, diversity and inclusion. During his tenure at AECOM, he has played an active role in supporting impactful inclusive initiatives across the West Region. Most recently he served as Vice President for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion for the AECOM Turner Joint Venture’s Intuit Dome project, the new world-class home of the LA Clippers. This project will remain a key focus of his expanded responsibilities, while he also leads the regional strategy for key clients such as the city and county of Los Angeles, Los Angeles Metropolitan Transportation Authority, Los Angeles World Airports, and LA28. A champion for ED&I, Mr. Billups is also part of the national leadership team for BeBold, an employee resource group dedicated to providing opportunities for leadership and development for Black employees at AECOM.
“Economic Inclusion and Social Impact are cornerstones of AECOM’s values and business,” said Mr. Billups. “In this new role I look forward to supporting this work for our clients in Southern California as we all work toward a stronger, diverse workforce and contracting marketplace.”
Mr. Billups’ role is effective immediately.
AECOM is the world’s trusted infrastructure consulting firm, delivering professional services throughout the project lifecycle – from advisory, planning, design and engineering to program and construction management. On projects spanning transportation, buildings, water, new energy and the environment, our public- and private-sector clients trust us to solve their most complex challenges. Our teams are driven by a common purpose to deliver a better world through our unrivaled technical and digital expertise, a culture of equity, diversity and inclusion, and a commitment to environmental, social and governance priorities. AECOM is a Fortune 500 firm and its Professional Services business had revenue of $13.1 billion in fiscal year 2022.