Executive Staff

Lauren Buckler is an accredited professional in energy and environmental design, a certified energy manager and a licensed mechanical engineer. In just five years with DGS, she advanced from Director of Energy, to Director of Energy & Engineering, to her current role with the agency. Prior to joining state government, Assistant Secretary Buckler managed energy and sustainability initiatives, both internal and external, for a Maryland-based consulting firm.

In her work at DGS, Ms. Buckler leads 70 staff across eight units, all focused on different aspects of the design and construction of state-funded facilities. During any given year, she is responsible for 100+ active state agency construction projects valued at over $150 million and is overseeing several dozen projects in the planning or design stages. Ms. Buckler also has oversight for all state-funded K-12 and community college technical design reviews.

Ms. Buckler began her career in the construction industry as a project engineer on a LEED facility. From there, she moved to the design industry where she produced energy models, conducted feasibility studies, designed mechanical systems and managed projects for a variety of facility types.  

She earned an undergraduate degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County and a Masters in Project Management from George Washington University in Washington D.C.

Ms. Buckler’s commitment to the engineering profession extends beyond the office. She regularly volunteers with organizations focused on expanding opportunities for young people and women in the engineering profession.

Lauren T. Buckler
Assistant Secretary, Facilities Planning, Design, & Construction Division

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