Dawn Blackledge (Geological Engineering)
After earning her “dirty boots” in the Gulf Coast petroleum industry, Ms. Blackledge relocated to Jacksonville, Florida, to enter public service with the City of Jacksonville's new Department of Environmental Resources. After ten years of private and public experience along with encouragement from valued mentors, Ms. Blackledge founded Aerostar Environmental Services, Inc. in 1992. Under her leadership, Aerostar has grown to a business of over 80 employees located in 12 offices throughout 8 states.
Ms. Blackledge is a well-respected environmental professional and business owner. She was appointed by the governor of Florida to the State of Florida Board of Professional Geologists in 2000 and served as Board Chairman during her second term ending in 2007. Ms. Blackledge serves on the Board of Directors for the Society of American Military Engineers Jacksonville Post. She is an appointed member of the University of North Florida's Dean Advisory Board, a graduate of Leadership Jacksonville, a founding associate of the First Coast Manufacturers Association, and mentor to new women-owned businesses.
Ms. Blackledge is a certified Construction Quality Manager for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the U.S. Navy. At the state level, Ms. Blackledge is an expert at stormwater permitting and has taught classes throughout the state.