I’m pleased to share I was selected by the Washington State chapter of the Conference of Minority Transportation Officials (COMTO) to receive its 2018 Ambassador Scholarship! I’m honored to be part of an inspiring community of transportation professionals focused on planning, developing, and operating Washington State’s expanding transportation network. In an age of climate change and rapid urbanization, the need for reliable, high quality, and fast transportation options is more important than ever.
A little background on COMTO, its mission is to ensure a level playing field and maximum participation in the transportation industry for minorities, businesses, and people with disabilities through transportation advocacy, professional development, growth and retention, and diversity and inclusion. COMTO was created in 1971 at Howard University for senior minority professionals in the transportation industry. Today COMTO is a multi-ethnic, nonprofit organization encompassing the professional, educational and business development of transportation professionals at every level of the industry in a variety of fields and disciplines. The organization’s membership includes transportation agencies, private sector corporations and Historically Underutilized Businesses (HUBs), groups, individuals, and nonprofit organizations.
As family, friends, and colleagues can attest, I am deeply passionate about transportation networks and how they can play a role in shaping our cities and communities. I am honored and thankful for this opportunity. Upon graduating from the University of Washington’s Human Centered Design and Engineering (HCDE) Master program, I’d like to take what I learned from it and help further humanize travel experience for everyday people and build smarter cities.