Re.engineer Magazine - Winter 2022

Accepting diploma from Chancellor Edward Jackson, Southern University Fall 2002

RANELL FRANKLIN Ranell Franklin is the Recreation Facilities Program Manager within the Natural Resources Management Section, Operations Division of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), Mobile District. He serves as the business line manager providing continuous evaluation, program direction, and coordination of all recreation facilities and related programs at comprehensive water resource development projects within the district’s area of responsibility. He provides technical guidance to the district operations community on recreation strategy, regulations, and standard operating procedures and practices, while coordinating with district, division, and national counterparts. He provides oversight for the Nation’s most visited recreational program with approximately 30M visitors annually, while coordinating the development and execution of $28M annual budget. Ranell began his 20 plus year Federal Civil Service career as a Student Career Employee Program participant with the U.S. Forest Service. There he coordinated city park restoration projects in Seattle, WA in 1999 and trained as a ranger technician for the Salt Lake City Ranger District, Utah in 2000. During his time in Salt Lake City, he also participated in city park planning for the 2002 Winter Olympic Games. In 2001, he accepted a job offer to become a park ranger with the USACE Mobile District Operations Division through the innovative Centralized Cooperative Extension Program. Upon graduating from Southern University and A&M College Baton Rouge in 2002 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Urban Forestry, Ranell accepted a full-time position with USACE as a park ranger, where he continued to support the management and conservation of natural resources on public lands at the Lake Seminole Project, Chattahoochee, Florida. He served as a journeyman park ranger at Lake Seminole for fifteen years. In 2018, he received a promotion relocating him to the Mobile District Office where he served as the principle point of contact for multidisciplinary natural resource program. In this role he worked extensively with the various divisions to streamline land use actions and support the environmental processes required to protect our natural resources. Since arriving to the district office, Ranell has been awarded multiple District Commander and Division Commander coins, along with a Civilian Service Commendation Medal for his leadership and public service. A native of Baton Rouge, LA, Ranell was raised in a small town located in the northeast section of the capital parish, Chaneyville, LA. He is the youngest of five siblings, which includes a twin sister. He currently resides in Mobile, AL with his wife of six years, Cherish Hilton Franklin. He enjoys traveling the globe with his wife and spending time with family. Ranell is also an avid golfer, traveling near and far playing some of the most attractive and prestigious golf courses in the country. He has had the pleasure of playing at TPC Sawgrass, Whistling Straits, Erin Hills, TPC Scottsdale, TPC Summerlin, We-Ko-Pa, Wolf Creek, Harbour Town, and Troon just to name a few.

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