I've spent the last 30 years in the transportation planning and engineering industry, helping dozens of public agencies with the most challenging and innovative transportation initiatives. With a focus on transportation technology and operations, I’ve worked with leaders of state departments of transportation, transit agencies, cities and counties, and consulting firms, planning, designing, and implementing transportation systems, projects, and programs that have significantly modernized the transportation network. With my balance of technical and people skills, I’m sought after for my role in leading teams, facilitating change management processes, thinking strategically, getting things done, and engaging partners and the public so they all have a voice and feel heard.
I started my professional career working with the City of Bellevue in traffic operations before moving to a consulting firm where I spent 28 years quickly advancing to project management and leadership roles, including the Director of the Transportation Technology Team, Chief Business Development Officer, and Chairman of the Board.
In addition to my background and experience in transportation planning and engineering, I’ve been studying the art and science of leadership, particularly servant leadership, or what I like to call compassionate leadership. I believe the transportation and engineering profession needs great leaders to deliver the projects that truly meet the needs of our communities. We need leaders who are compassionate, listen well, are humble, inclusive, show appreciation, and empower others.
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Outside of work, I have an amazing, resilient, compassionate wife, and two incredible sons (young men) pursuing their passions. I love being outside in nature, I’m passionate about helping others, and you’ll often find me riding my bike, which is one of my other great joys.
As the Managing Director of Citizen Engineers, I come from a background of transportation engineering, planning, and project management. I have worked for both public and private entities in the transportation space and pride myself on bringing an interdisciplinary lens to every project to identify the most holistic solution for my clients.
I love to work on collaborative teams that bring together diverse perspectives and creative thinking. It’s important to me that the projects I work on leave a lasting positive impact on the surrounding communities, and I believe that transportation has the potential to influence public health, quality of life, and a more regenerative built environment. I promise to bring a positive, curious attitude to every conversation and to be striving for a more sustainable, equitable, and technologically responsible future.
Outside of work, I am a mom to one son and one fur baby. My family and I live in Happy Valley, Oregon. I like to spend my time drinking coffee, going on walks, and eating cupcakes. :)
To create a community of compassionate transportation leaders that address today’s transportation challenges with compassion for people and the community.
To integrate leadership development and transportation engineering/planning to navigate the most pressing transportation challenges.
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