Monica Watkins

Deputy Chief, Engineering, Energy & Capital Improvements

Housing Authority of Baltimore City

Monica Watkins is a professional in the fields of engineering, energy, capital improvements and construction. In addition to a Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering and a MBA in Finance, she holds certifications in energy management, measurement, verification and technology. Monica began her career at Baltimore Gas & Electric as a gas engineer and gained over 18 years of utility experience in the areas of gas engineering & construction, energy accounting & billing and electric policy, rates & regulations. In 2006, Monica began working for the Housing Authority of Baltimore City and successfully established the very first Energy Department within the agency. The department was dedicated to managing the agency’s energy platform, reducing utility and energy consumption, and upgrading public housing units with new utility infrastructure. The goal was a greener footprint for legacy public housing to shift from paying for more and more rising utility costs to leveraging energy savings to pay for various infrastructure upgrades. Her primary projects comprised over $100 million worth of Energy Performance Contracting initiatives for five developments. Just recently, Ms. Watkins was promoted to Deputy Chief for HABC’s Engineering, Energy and Capital Improvements Division. Her responsibilities now span across five departments/units and over 40 employees. As a career professional in the fields of engineering, energy, construction and construction her goals are to utilize strategic planning and identify funding to ensure the viability of HABC’s public housing inventory. She leverages the resources available through various entities (federal, state, local and private) to further agency objectives. This methodology establishes a platform by which HABC can improve and advance within the realm of building, maintaining and constructing affordable housing for communities. Her recent projects include overseeing the implementation of a 2nd Energy Performance Contract for the agency, implementing over $20 million dollars in capital improvement projects for the entire housing/development stock, overhauling the agency archiving facility and designing a new disaster response and recovery facility.