Sofia Berger has been named executive leader of the Transportation national business line at WSP USA, according to the company’s press release.
Berger will assume her new role leading the company’s business line on Sept. 20.
She is currently the deputy director of the Advisory national business line.
“Sofia brings a versatile background in construction, engineering and project management to the WSP USA executive leadership team,” said Lou Cornell, president and CEO of WSP USA. “Sofia has a clear vision for the Transportation business line’s future as an interdisciplinary group and how to leverage the versatility of our people to deliver on that value proposition. Her experience leading integrated, multi-faceted programs, along with her commitment to delivering climate, sustainability and equity solutions for communities, position us well for long-term growth.”
Berger will succeed Joseph G. Pulicare, PE, who will retire at the end of 2021. He provided over 40 years of leadership in the private and public sectors. Pulicare has led Transportation since 2016 and served on the WSP USA executive leadership team.
“Over the past five years, Joe’s strong leadership has been essential to the growth and performance of the entire company,” Cornell said. “His legacy will live on in the world-class expertise of the WSP people he developed and mentored. We wish him the very best.”
Berger has helped with project performance and strategic growth for the national business line since January.
Berger currently serves as project manager for the New York Penn Station master plan, a project in partnership between New York’s Metropolitan Transportation Agency, New Jersey Transit, and Amtrak.
“This is such an incredible time in transportation, not only due to the promise of new funding, but because of the important role transportation plays in combatting climate change, building more equitable communities, and incorporating constantly evolving technologies,” Berger said. “I’m looking forward to championing the incredible capabilities that WSP has to help our clients and communities.”
Berger previously served as a senior VP for U.S. transportation at Louis Berger.
She graduated from Columbia University with bachelor’s degrees in civil engineering and economics-operations research. She also earned a master’s degree in business administration from Harvard Business School.
Berger is a board member of the American Road and Transportation Builders Association, VP of the Women’s Transportation Seminar Greater New York Chapter, vice chair for the International Road Educational Foundation Board, and a member of the External Advisory Committee for Northwestern University’s Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering.
In 2019, Berger was named to Engineering News-Record’s national “Top 20 Young Professionals Under 40” list.