Palencia Mobley, P.E.
Field of work: Engineering
Palencia Mobley, P.E., a native Detroiter and graduate of Renaissance High School, earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Michigan in 2001. She went on to earn a Master of Science in Civil Engineering from Wayne State and at the age of 26, becoming one of the youngest women of color to be licensed as a Professional Engineer (P.E.) in the state of Michigan.
As an engineer, Mobley worked as a designer for water and waste treatment facilities at Tetra Tech in Detroit. In 2005, she ran for Detroit city council and was endorsed by the Detroit News. In 2010, Mobley was the Vice Chair of Fusion, a division of the Detroit Regional Chamber for young professionals. She has volunteered for the Water Access Volunteer Effort (WAVE), which provides assistance to low income families in Detroit for their water bills. Additionally, she has served on the Junior Board of Boys Hope Girls Hope of Detroit, which provides residential and academic scholarships for Detroit youth to attend parochial schools throughout the metropolitan area. Currently, she works as the Mayor’s Office Liaison to the Detroit City Council.
Among her honors, the U-M African American Alumni Council recognized her in 2007 with the Five Under Ten Award. In 2008, she was honored with the Young Engineer of the Year Award given by the Michigan Society of Professional Engineers. Mobley also received the Michigan Chronicle’s Front Page Forty Under Forty Award in 2012. As a resident of Detroit, she is highly regarded by her peers for her dedication and commitment to her community.