Dewberry, a privately held professional services firm, announced that Erica Nelles, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, has been hired as the business unit director and a senior associate in the firm’s Sacramento, Calif., office. Nelles is responsible for the firm’s architecture practices in its Sacramento and Pasadena offices, where she works as a client and project manager and oversees general office operations. She is currently leading multiple efforts on statewide contracts for criminal justice facilities. Nelles has extensive experience in both the design and management of multi-faceted architecture projects, including retail, new construction, adaptive reuse, historic preservation and sustainable policy development. Prior to joining the firm, she worked as a senior vice president for a design group in northern California. Nelles earned a master’s degree in architecture from the University of Florida and a bachelor’s degree in bio-resource engineering from Rutgers University. She is a member of the American Institute of Architects and is certified by the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards.