I am a planner and project manager with 10 years of experience in the public and private sectors. My work to date has focused on the Boston area through positions with private firms, the state department of transportation and transit authority, but I have worked on projects across the country and internationally.
Specifically, my experience includes service planning, alternatives analysis, economic development, environmental review, and the integration of engineering services. I have extensive project management experience, having managed multi-million-dollar planning studies and P3 efforts, most of which are now in the implementation phase. Having advised a number of MassDOT Secretaries and MBTA General Managers. as well as elected officials across the country, I'm well positioned to understand the interface between technical planning and political reality. My policy work for both MassDOT and the MBTA has progressed into investment strategy for both agencies.
My key areas of focus include fare and pricing policy, passenger facility design, transit micro-investments, the integration of emerging technologies into existing networks, the interface between planning and engineering, business case analysis, consensus building for transit alternatives, bridging the gap between government regimes, and P3 financing strategy.
I graduated MIT with two degrees from the Department of Urban Studies and Planning - a Bachelor's in Planning, and a Master's of City Planning. My undergraduate thesis was on the Jubilee Line Extension in London, while my Master's thesis focused on Boston's Green Line Extension project, which I had worked on as an intern at MassDOT.
Professional Certifications and Activities
I serve on a number of committees and boards, including:
Transportation Research Board (TRB) Standing Committee on Public Transportation Marketing and Fare Policy (since 2012)
Transit Cooperative Research Program (TCRP) Synthesis Panel, Comprehensive Bus Network Redesign (2017-2018)
Urban Land Institute, Associate Member, Infrastructure Product Council (since 2018)
Occasionally, someone will ask me to speak about my experiences, the future of transit, or how our transit networks truly function.
Since October 2017, I have been a Senior Planner with the internationally-renowned design firm Arup. With Arup, I lead the Boston Integrated Planning team as we provide services to public and private sector clients around the world. Our team focuses on service planning, masterplanning, alternatives analysis, economic development, pedestrian planning, environmental review and transportation engineering.
While at Arup, I've been involved in a number of projects, including:
Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA)
From May 2016 to October 2017, I was the Manager of Technology Policy for the MBTA, This primary involved serving as the Program Manager for Installation and Policy for the Automated Fare Collection (AFC 2.0) project. AFC 2.0 will deliver the next generation of MBTA fare collection through a P3 delivery. While working on this project, I directed a team in development of technical specifications, coordinated with ongoing construction and planning projects, analyzed the applicability of cutting-edge technologies, and developed the structure of the P3 deal framework and drafted the program contract. I also conducted extensive public outreach, constituent services, leadership briefings and policy development to ensure that the MBTA was properly prepared for installation of the forthcoming program.
I also served as summer intern in the MBTA's Service Planning Department in 2007.
Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT)
From September 2010 to May 2016, I was a Transportation Program Planner within the Office of Transportation Planning at MassDOT. This means that I was a transportation planner, project manager and policy analyst for some of the largest programs in the Commonwealth. Alongside my team, I performed program management; policy development; project and staff oversight, management and coordination; long-range analysis, decision-making for statewide goals and objectives, constituent services, consultant management and agency coordination.
While at MassDOT, I worked on the following projects, and had the following roles:
South Station Expansion - Project Manager
Green Line Extension - Deputy Project Manager
Kendall Square Mobility Task Force - Project Manager
Ports of Massachusetts Strategic Plan - Project Manager
Grand Junction Transportation Study - Project Manager
Beyond Boston: Statewide Transit Plan - Deputy Project Manager
Gubernatorial Transition Coordinator
MBTA Policy Adviser (fares, service changes, strategic vision, bus planning)
State Implementation Plan - Project Coordinator
Commuter Rail Service Procurement Evaluation - Researcher and author
Self-Powered Railcar Evaluation - Researcher and author
Economics of Vehicle Manufacturing in MA- Researcher and author
I also served as a summer intern in the Office of Transportation Planning in 2008.
From June 2009 to September 2010, I was a Transit Planner/Analyst at Jacobs Engineering (formerly Edwards & Kelcey, formerly KKO and Associates). I worked on a variety of high-profile projects across the country performing service design, routing, scheduling, station location determination, project oversight, operations and maintenance cost estimation, capital cost estimation, project evaluation, stakeholder meetings and presentations, and proposal development.
While at Jacobs, my major projects and clients included:
South Florida East Coast Corridor Study - Florida DOT
Bus Rapid Transit Running-Time Estimation Tool - Florida DOT
Denver FasTracks - Denver RTD
Honolulu High Capacity Transit Cooridor Project - Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation
Foxboro Commuter Rail Study - MBTA
Nassau Hub Alternatives Analysis - Nassau County, NY
San Juan Carolina Corridor BRT Study - Puerto Rico Department of Transportation