Hammond, first woman to lead ARTBA; Berger Wins Leadership Award

NASHVILLE — WSP USA, a leader in engineering, environmental and professional services, celebrates Paula Hammond and Sofia Berger, whose dedicated service and contributions to the American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA ) were recognized at the organization’s annual national convention in Nashville.

Hammond, Senior Vice President of WSP and National Multimodal Market Leader, was officially announced as the first woman elected to the ARTBA Chair at a banquet today.

Berger, Senior Vice President of WSP and National Business Line Leader for Transportation, received a Leadership Impact Award from the Industry Leaders Development Program (ILDP) in recognition of her contributions to the transportation industry. transportation.

Based in Washington, D.C., ARTBA represents members of the public and private sectors of the transportation design and construction industry before Congress, the White House, federal agencies, the media, and the general public and advocates responsibly for infrastructure investments and policies that meet the country’s security needs. and efficient travel.

Paula Hammond

Hammond assumes her new leadership role with ARTBA after serving a one-year term as the organization’s senior vice president.

“I am incredibly honored to be the first woman elected to this prestigious position, and I look forward to representing the transportation industry at this time of historic change and unprecedented opportunity,” Hammond said of her leadership role within ARTBA.

A national figure on transportation issues, Hammond joined WSP after a 34-year career with the Washington State Department of Transportation, where she served as secretary of transportation from 2007 to 2013 and chief of staff in the secretary’s office from 2001 to 2007. She is Past Chair of the Women’s Transportation Seminar (WTS) International Board of Trustees.

Hammond, who is based in Seattle, was the 2016 recipient of ARTBA’s Ethel S. Birchland Award, given annually to a woman who has demonstrated outstanding leadership and long-term service in the sectors public or private transport design and construction industry.

She has won numerous awards throughout her career, including a 2012 Lifetime Achievement Award and 2011 Woman of the Year Award from the Puget Sound Chapter of WTS. She received the Roy Morse Award from the American Public Works Association of Washington State in 2011 and was named one of the Top 10 Public Works Leaders of the Year by the American Public Works Association in 2012.

Sophie Berger

Berger, who was a board member of ARTBA and completed ILDP, won the award for his contributions to transport design and construction; visionary thinking; mentor colleagues and industry peers; and efforts to promote diversity and inclusion in transportation.

Sophie Berger“ARTBA is a leading voice in our industry, Berger said. “I am grateful to receive this honor as a representative of all of our dedicated ILDP graduates who work tirelessly to sustain and improve our nation’s transportation infrastructure.”

ARTBA’s ILDP annually provides participants with a solid understanding of the economics of the industry, how transportation work in the United States is funded and funded, the impact of federal government actions about the industry and how they – and their company or agency – can engage politically.

Based in New York, Berger oversees WSP’s strategic direction, business development performance, client management, and project delivery for the U.S. transportation market, including highways, bridges, tolls, transportation public transport and rail, tunnels and aviation, as well as ports and maritime transport.

Previously, she served as Deputy National Business Line Leader for the firm’s consulting business with a range of responsibilities from strategic planning, operational management and management of complex projects across all the types of infrastructure.

Berger served as vice president of the Greater New York chapter of the Women’s Transportation Seminar; administrator of the ARTBA Foundation; and as a member of the external advisory board for the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Northwestern University.

This is only the second year that ARTBA has presented its Leadership Impact Awards. In his inaugural presentation last year, Rolando Amaya, Senior Vice President and Capital District Leader of WSP, was recognized for his visionary thinking and efforts to promote diversity, equity and inclusion. .

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