John D. Porcari is president of U.S. Advisory Services at WSP USA. He directs the firm’s strategic consulting services across all markets, including transportation and infrastructure, property and buildings, energy, and water and environment. He is responsible for integrating the firm’s technical expertise in planning, engineering, program/construction management and operations with the strategic thinking needed by owners, developers and operators to successfully deliver infrastructure programs and projects.
Mr. Porcari served as interim executive director of the Gateway Program Development Corporation (GDC) from July 2016 until early 2019. The GDC oversees the Gateway Program, a comprehensive rail investment program to improve current services, add resiliency and create new capacity for a critical section of the Northeast Corridor – the most heavily used passenger rail line in the country. Mr. Porcari remains an advisor to the GDC.
Prior to joining WSP in December 2013, Mr. Porcari was deputy secretary at the U.S. Department of Transportation. He served as chief operating officer for an executive branch department with a $77 billion annual budget, composed of 10 operating administrations and 55,000 employees worldwide. He twice served as secretary of the Maryland Department of Transportation, from 2007 to 2009 and from 1999 to 2003, managing a state agency responsible for integrated highway, transit, aviation, port, bridge and tunnel authority and motor vehicle administration components, with 9,300 employees and a $3.2 billion annual budget. From 2003 to 2007 he was vice president for administrative affairs at the University of Maryland, serving as chief administrative officer and chief financial officer for the flagship campus of the University System of Maryland.
Mr. Porcari has a master’s degree in public administration from the Nelson A. Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy at the State University of New York at Albany and a B.A. in political science from the University of Dayton. He has served on the board of directors of the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials, the American Public Transportation Association, the World Trade Center Institute and the National Aquarium in Baltimore.
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Amy Conrick is an assistant director at the Community Transportation Association of America, where she works on community support and business development. She also serves as one of the Co-Directors of the National Center for Mobility Management, a technical assistance center funded by the Federal Transit Administration.
Since 2001, Amy has worked as a writer, presenter, trainer, facilitator, and program manager in the fields of employment transportation, health care transportation, mobility management, and transportation innovation. Amy has planned and facilitated many mobility management, transportation coordination, community, and team meetings, and has brought her wide-ranging transportation knowledge into the development and delivery of in-person and on-line training.
She has written and edited educational materials on health care transportation– and employment-related transportation issues, provided direct technical support to communities and individuals, and developed community and agency self-assessment tools that lead to increased collaboration between the transit community and human service and workforce development agencies.
Amy holds a B.A. in English Literature from Georgetown University, an M.Phil in Medieval Irish and English Literature from the University College Dublin, Ireland, and several certificates in human-centered design (“design thinking”). She has thrice mentored teams learning design thinking in an intensive 6-week summer session.
Amy lives in suburban Virginia with her husband John, enjoys outdoor living, traveling, and spending time with their three adult sons.