Smart Power Partnership Initiative Team Lead,
Laura Elaine Juette was born and raised in Spokane, Washington. After graduating West Valley High School with honors, she attended the University of Washington. Ms. Juette’s passion for engineering began in 2001 when the magnitude 6.8 Nisqually Earthquake hit the Pacific Northwest.
During college, Ms. Juette’s leadership skills emerged through special volunteer and employment opportunities, including serving as the Team Captain for the ASCE Concrete Canoe Competition, taking first place in the state competition. She was the manager of the campus convenience store and selected for a highly competitive internship program as a transportation safety manager at the Washington State Department of Transportation. Ms. Juette was also chosen for the United States Navy Bachelor Degree Completion Program (BDCP). Through this program, Laura received a college scholarship, and was admitted to Officer Candidate School in Pensacola, Florida upon graduation. She became the first person in her family to receive a college degree and be commissioned as a Naval Officer.
While serving in the Navy, Ms. Juette worked as a Construction Manager on multiple Military Construction Projects, including a $40M road and $5.7M pier on San Clemente Island, California. She also served as a Public Works Facilities Manager for Naval Air Station North Island (NASNI), San Diego, California and the Division Officer in charge of 29 enlisted personnel. Ms. Juette obtained her Masters in Business Administration from the University of Redlands, California and obtained her Professional Engineering license in Civil Engineering while in this position.
After a year in private industry Ms. Juette returned to the government as a civil servant for Naval Facilities Engineering Command Southwest (NAVFAC SW), where she took over a $650 million program of water and waste water infrastructure improvement projects at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton through programming, design, and construction. In 2011, Ms. Juette was promoted to a supervisory position managing 27 civilian and military personnel at the Naval Base Coronado Public Works Department. After a successful tour at Coronado, Ms. Juette was selected in 2012 to stand up the new Smart Power Partnership Initiative San Diego Pilot Program on behalf of the Assistant Secretary of the Navy.
Ms. Juette is currently pursuing her Doctorate in Organizational Leadership and aspires to use her education and experience to make a positive difference in her organization. As an emerging leader at NAVFAC SW, Ms. Juette sets an example with her positive attitude, passion for her work, and ability to empower young engineers to be successful.