PASADENA, CA (April 26, 2016) – Parsons is pleased to announce that Jannet M. Walker Ford, Vice President and North America Director of Policy & Strategic Programs for the corporation’s transportation market, has been elected to the Executive Board of Directors of Women in Transportation Seminar (WTS) International, an organization dedicated to building the future of transportation through the global advancement of women. Ms. Walker Ford will begin her 2-year term as Secretary on May 20, 2016, at the close of the WTS Annual Conference in Austin, TX.
“Through Jannet’s volunteer service on the WTS International Executive Board of Directors, I am confident she will make a major contribution to WTS’ mission of advancing both the transportation industry and the professional growth of the women who are part of it,” said Michael Johnson, Parsons Group President.
Ms. Walker Ford added, “I look forward to serving on the WTS International Executive Board of Directors, supporting its efforts to attract, retain, and advance women in transportation.”
Ms. Walker Ford has more than 20 years of transportation leadership experience, including program management and management consulting in the public and private sectors. Her diverse background includes aviation as well as rail and transit systems. She has expertise in developing and implementing business, technology, and financial solutions and strategies for organizational change, stakeholder engagement and communications, as well as government relations and business development. Ms. Walker Ford has served as Deputy Program Director for the Philadelphia International Airport’s multimillion dollar Capacity Enhancement Program and as the Deputy CEO/Deputy General Manager for the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority, during which time she provided leadership for the design and installation of the Breeze Program, a $200 million, state of the art, smartcard based regional fare collection system—the first in North America.
Parsons is a long time supporter of WTS at both the international and local levels, and many of its employees hold memberships or leadership positions in the organization. As a WTS International Champion Corporate Partner, Parsons makes a substantial commitment in support of WTS’ programs and operations. In addition, through Parsons’ support of the WTS “Transportation YOU” program, girls ages 13 to 18 are introduced to various transportation careers through hands-on, interactive mentoring. The corporation also partnered with the WTS Toronto Area Chapter to launch its scholarship program and provided two academic scholarships for students focused on transportation-related studies. For more information about WTS, visit https://www.wtsinternational.org.Parsons is a technology-driven engineering services firm with more than 70 years of experience in the engineering, construction, technical, and professional services industries. The corporation is a leader in many diversified markets with a focus on infrastructure, defense, security, and construction. Parsons delivers design/design-build, program/construction management, systems design/engineering, cyber/converged security, and other professional services packaged in innovative alternative delivery methods to federal, regional, and local government agencies, as well as to private industrial customers worldwide. For more about Parsons, please visit www.parsons.com, and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and YouTube.