Lisa Metheney serves as the Deputy District Engineer for Programs and Project Management for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Charleston District. She assumed the position in January 2014 and is responsible for leading 250 employees around the state in developing and facilitating innovative and effective solutions that meet the engineering, environmental and emergency management needs for South Carolina, the U.S. Army and the nation.
A 28-year Corps veteran, Metheney oversees projects and services in an area spanning 32,000 square miles from the coast to the foothills of South Carolina, encompassing seven congressional districts, valued at approximately $350 million annually to sustain navigation economics that are vital to the nation, while managing coastal risk reduction, ecosystem restoration, regulatory functions, emergency operations, military construction, and interagency and international services mission areas.
Metheney previously served as Assistant Chief, Programs and Project Management Division in Charleston, from June 2009 to January 2014. In this role, she supervised and managed product and service delivery valued at approximately $275 million annually for civil works and military construction clients. She facilitated the effort with the Corps’ national civil works transformation to modernize and streamline the Charleston Harbor Post 45 Deepening Feasibility study, which is one of the President’s “We Can’t Wait” initiatives.
Previous to this position, Metheney served as a planner, economist and a project manager for both civil works and military construction projects in the Huntington and Europe Districts. Metheney’s focus in Huntington was on flood damage reduction projects, including major studies along the Greenbrier, Tug, Levisa Fork River and the West Columbus, Ohio, Local Protection Project. She has also been active with the Corps’ emergency management response to many natural disasters, including Hurricanes Ivan and Dennis, as well as the flooding in West Virginia in 1993.
A native of West Virginia, Metheney graduated from Marshall University in 1992 with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Economics and followed that with a Master of Business Administration in 1994. She is a proud member of the Alpha Kappa Psi Business fraternity where she served as both a District and Regional Director for the group. Metheney is a graduate of the 2012 Riley Institute Diversity Leaders Initiative whose focus is on diverse leadership, community building, and communication and collaboration skills.
Her awards include the Order of the Palmetto from the State of South Carolina in 2018 and the USACE Small Business Champion Award in 2015. She has also been awarded five Achievement Medals for Civilian Service, a Commander’s Awards for Civilian Service, two Superior Civilian Service Awards, and she was named the Charleston District’s Employee of the Year in 2007 in the category of engineering and science.