Michael Baker International, a global leader in engineering, planning and consulting services, today announced that Bonnie D. Shepherd has joined the firm as Senior Vice President and National Market Lead in the Railroad and Transit practice. In this role, Shepherd will be based in the firm’s Baltimore office and will direct all activities related to Michael Baker’s rail and transit national market to better serve the public and private demands of the industry and the firm’s growing client base.
Shepherd brings to Michael Baker almost 30 years of experience that includes work in the rail and transit industry with a focus on multi-modal transportation in architecture and engineering. Her expertise also includes strategic marketing and analytics of transportation systems, teaming partners and intelligence related to transit authorities and commissions for ports of America, the Department of Defense and municipal and Federal Governments.
“Bonnie’s extensive knowledge in railroad and transit operations, leveraged with Michael Baker’s more than 76 years of leadership in the industry, make for a powerful combination, “ said James Twomey, Michael Baker Executive Vice President and National Surface Transportation Lead. “With the growing demand we see for transportation solutions that offer increased fuel efficiency and yield a lower carbon footprint, coupled with an upswing in the demand for bulk-freight transport, Bonnie’s expertise will further position Michael Baker to deliver innovative and cost-effective solutions as We Make a Difference for our clients and the communities we serve.”
Before joining Michael Baker, Shepherd was Vice President of Corporate Strategy at Systra, USA, where she collaborated and developed strategies focused on track, infrastructure, electrical and systems for new work in the Northeast region of the United States as well as the broader North American market. Prior to her role at Systra, Shepherd served as Vice President of Marketing and Business Development at Hatch Mott McDonald where she specialized in multiple disciplines within the transportation industry.
“As a results-focused leader, I am pleased to join the experts at Michael Baker,” said Shepherd. “I look forward to collaborating across the firm’s national network to develop strategies and cost-effective solutions for clients that leverage technology, optimize opportunities for success and impact the industry.”
Shepherd holds a BS degree in marketing and communications from Weston Business College.
Shepherd supports numerous transportation-related causes and others through active membership and volunteerism including: board member and past chair of the American Public Transportation Foundation (APTF); member of the American Public Transportation Association (APTA); coach for the APTA mentorship program, where she provides motivation for the next generation of transportation professionals; co-chair of the International Conference of WTS, D.C., Philadelphia and New York chapters, where she advocates for women in the transportation industry; executive volunteer for the Conference of Minority Transportation Officials (COMTO); member of the American Council of Engineering Companies; and as an advisory board member of the Association for the Recovery of Children (ARC).
About Michael Baker International
Michael Baker International is a leading global provider of engineering and consulting services, which include planning, architectural, environmental, construction, program management, and full life-cycle support services as well as information technology and communications services and solutions. The company provides its comprehensive range of services and solutions in support of U.S. federal, state, and municipal governments, foreign allied governments, and a wide range of commercial clients. Michael Baker International has more than 6,000 employees in more than 90 locations across the U.S. and internationally. To learn more, visit www.mbakerintl.com.