Jannet Walker-Ford has been named the new national transit and rail leader for WSP USA.
In her new role, Walker-Ford will be responsible for growing the firm’s business in the transit and rail markets; developing client relationships within state and local transit agencies, consultants, industry associations, railroads, and contractors; and establishing strategies that will position WSP for major advisory, planning, design, program management, and construction management assignments. She will also participate in strategic pursuits and serve as principal-in-charge or project director on select projects.
Most recently, Walker-Ford served as a senior vice president for the transit market sector, Americas at an international engineering services firm, and also as vice president of government relations for a technology firm where she provided transportation-focused, executive-level bi-partisan collaboration with elected officials, as well as trade industry associations and nonprofit organizations.
She has served in an executive leadership capacity on programs and projects for large transit and transportation agencies across the U.S., including a public-private partnership for the Massachusetts Bay Area Transportation Agency and a multi-billion-dollar capacity enhancement program for the Philadelphia International Airport. During her tenure within the public sector, Walker-Ford served as the deputy general manager/deputy CEO as well as the chief information officer at the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority, where she led the implementation of the regional smart card fare collection system.
She serves on numerous diverse boards, including as board chair of the American Public Transportation Foundation, and as a board member of the American Public Transportation Association. Additionally, Walker-Ford serves as the vice chair of ITS America’s Sustainability & Resiliency Committee.