Frances E. “Beth” Coffey is the interim Programs Director for Northwestern Division, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, a role she assumed on March 31, 2019.
Through the Division's headquarters in Portland, Oregon, and a Missouri River regional office in Omaha, Nebraska, Ms. Coffey oversees approximately a $3 billion annual program of water resource projects and environmental restoration activities throughout the Columbia and Missouri river basins in an area comprising about a fourth of the continental United States.
A large part of the $900 million annual civil works mission is used to maintain and operate Corps projects for flood risk reduction, hydroelectric, navigation, and recreation purposes along with emergency response to natural and man-made disasters and the enhancement of fish and wildlife activities in 12 states. The program also includes implementation of the Clean Water Act 404(b) regulatory permit program. The program is implemented through five district offices in Kansas City, Missouri; Omaha, Nebraska; Portland, Oregon; and Seattle and Walla Walla, Washington. A nearly $2 billion military construction program supports Army Modularity, Transformation, and Base Realignment and Closure activities. An annual $600 million environmental clean-up program, which includes cleanup of formerly used defense sites, encompasses 14 states.
Ms. Coffey has over 28 years of experience with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, through a variety of assignments in engineering, program and project management, Regulatory and operations. Her career started in 1990 as an engineering intern with the St. Louis District. Coffey served for five years as an environmental engineer, providing environmental engineering support to nine operating projects as well as other federal customers in St. Louis District. She has experience as a planner/project manager in the Seattle District, working on variety of Civil Works and IIS projects. Coffey also served as South Application Review Section chief in Regulatory Branch and then as Civil Works Branch chief, Planning, Programs & Project Management Division in Seattle District. As Chief of Operations Division for Seattle District, Ms. Coffey was responsible for the leadership, management and execution of the annual Operations and Maintenance program of over $100 million, including direct funded Bonneville Power Administration and 350+ employees. Ms. Coffey has served as the chief of Programs Support Division at Northwestern Division , where she oversaw the Operations, Maintenance and Regulatory programs within Northwestern Division, and as the chief of Civil Works Integration Division, where she oversaw program development and execution, as well as Congressional engagement.
Ms. Coffey is also an engineer officer in US Army Reserves. COL Coffey has over 26 years, serving in both the Army National Guard and Army Reserves. She is currently serving as an Emergency Preparedness Liaison Officer for Region X. Previously she served as the Chief of Staff for the 104th Training Division, US Army Reserves. Past assignments include platoon leader for the 220th Engineer Combat Support Equipment Company, S/1 of the 1138th Engineer Battalion, all with the Missouri National Guard. Her career also includes 12 years with the Washington Army National Guard where she commanded the 951st Maintenance Company, served as the operations and executive officer for 116th RAOC, followed by assignments in the 96th Troop Command as the S4 and then the assistant S3 and then as S1 in the 205th Training Regiment. LTC Coffey deployed to Iraq during Operation Iraqi Freedom as part of the Washington National Guard unit to Iraq from 2004-2005. In recent years she has served as an Emergency Preparedness Liaison Officer (EPLO) in the U.S. Army Reserves.
She received a Bachelors of Science degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Missouri in 1992 and received her Master’s in Strategic Studies from the U.S. Army War College in 2017. She graduated from the Seattle District leadership development program in 1999. She also earned her Professional Engineer (PE) accreditation from the State of Washington in 1999 and her Project Management Professional certificate in 2011.