What is your educational background?
University of California, Irvine, Master in Urban and Regional Planning
University of California, Irvine, B.A., Urban Studies
Why did you choose a career in transportation?
I chose a career in transportation because I was interested in helping improve the safety and efficiency of transportation options in California.
What is the most challenging project you have worked on and why?
The most challenging project I have worked on is on-going, so it shall remain anonymous. However, the most challenging parts of this project include a tight project schedule, an ever-evolving project footprint, and local and regional stakeholders who do not always agree on a path forward. These challenges keep the project interesting and keep our team on our toes as we move forward to ensure that our client's needs are met.
What attracted you to WTS?
My initial attraction to WTS came in the form of encouragement from my coworkers at LSA to join WTS because of the friendly atmosphere and the multiple opportunities that WTS provides for women in transportation to meet and learn from others in the industry.
What impact has WTS made on your life?
Through attending the monthly luncheons and the yearly scholarship Gala, as well as participating as a mentee in the mentorship program, WTS has made a positive impact on my career and improved my professional confidence through the relationships I have had the opportunity to make and the friendships I have built.
Why would you encourage others to join WTS?
I would encourage others to join WTS because this organization offers multiple opportunities to meet and gather with others in the industry outside of a project setting. While professional interactions and experiences are valuable, personal relationships are just as important and through joining WTS you are opening yourself up to the opportunity to foster those relationships.
Tell us a fun fact about yourself.
I grew up running cross country and long distance track and field, so I was excited when my coworkers at LSA wanted to run the SoCal Ragnar race together. I was even more excited after the 200-mile relay race that we all remained friends.