Lara E. Beasley, SES

Programs Director

South Pacific Division
Published Nov. 28, 2023

Lara E. Beasley is the Programs Director for the South Pacific Division, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Programs Director (PD), a US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Senior Executive at South Pacific Division, has primacy over a 5-state geographic area, as well as partial responsibilities for 5 additional states. The PD has oversight and direct accountability for delivering military installation products and services, civil works water resources management, and interagency support programs to include flood risk management, navigation, recreation, environmental support, ecosystem restoration, and regulatory permitting under the Clean Water Act.  Under broad authority from the Commanding General, the Programs Director is steward for executive direction and management through four regional USACE Districts delivering $11.5 billion in capital investments.

Prior to joining the South Pacific Division, Ms. Lara E. Beasley was appointed Chief of the Environmental Division at Headquarters, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) in February 2020.  As Chief of the Environmental Division, Ms. Beasley oversees USACE’s environmental mission and a team of professionals who enable its worldwide military and civil works environmental responsibilities. The program provides technical management, design, and execution of approximately $2.5 billion annually in environmental services to include environmental cleanup, compliance, pollution prevention and natural and cultural resources management for the Department of Defense, Army and Air Force installations and other interagency partners. She also served as the leader of the Environmental Community of Practice, whose activities focus on professional development, technical competency enhancement and sharing of lessons learned and innovations across the more than 4,000 environmental specialists across USACE.    

Beasley has more than 20 years combined Department of Defense and private industry experience working environmental/energy policy and national security issues. Prior to her current assignment, she served as the Environmental Support Branch Chief for the Headquarters, USACE Environmental Division from 2018 to 2019, overseeing the annual execution of $1 billion in Environmental Service work for Department of Defense and federal agency partners. Other assignments include: serving as the National Program Manager for Sustainability and Program Manager for the Formerly Used Defense Sites Management Information System (FUDSMIS) Program at Headquarters, USACE Environmental Division; and Military Munitions Program Manager and Environmental Geologist at the USACE Albuquerque District. Prior to working for the Department of Defense, Ms. Beasley worked as a Staff Geologist with Shaw Environmental, Inc.

Ms. Beasley is a graduate of the U.S. Naval War College, receiving a Master of Arts in National Security and Strategic Studies in 2017. She also received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Environmental Science with an option in Geology from the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology in 2002.

Ms. Beasley also completed the Defense Senior Leader Development Program in 2018. During this assignment she served as a policy analyst and advisor to the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense-Russia, Ukraine and Eurasia and other senior Department of Defense officials on the political-military-security aspects of U.S. security relations with Armenia and Azerbaijan.