Serena Stafford, PE

Deputy Director, Water Resources Engineering


Ms. Stafford is a Senior Water Resources Engineer with 16 years of experience in the management and design of civil, roadway, and water resource engineering for Federal, State, and local construction projects. She is licensed as a Professional Engineer in both Maryland and Virginia, and MDE certified in erosion and sediment control. Ms. Stafford has been involved in many transportation projects managing stormwater, drainage, erosion and sediment control, and permitting. She is a member of the American Society of Highway Engineers and the Women’s Transportation Seminar. Serena specializes in:

  • Stormwater management (SWM)
  • Erosion and sediment control (ESC)
  • Roadway and site drainage
  • Shoreline restoration
  • Cost estimating
  • NPDES compliance
  • Permitting
  • Roadway design
  • Preparation of construction documents
  • WIN TR-20, TR-55, HY-8, ICPR, Projectwise, MicroStation, and GeoPak software

“The most rewarding part of my work is helping our communities. Knowing that our work connects people with where they need to go, improves water quality, and reduces flooding impacts.”

Tell us about your most exciting or rewarding project at Straughan. 

Working on the Purple line and similar transit projects was exciting and has the potential to transform how people move around our region in a more sustainable direction. 

Best wildlife encounter?

Watching a bald eagle chase an osprey away from the eagle’s nest in Caladesi Island State Park.

When you are not working, what do you enjoy doing?

Gardening and visiting botanical gardens and parks for inspiration.