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2018 Emerging Professionals

Author:   WTS Mentoring Committee:   Teryne Alexander-Massport, Kristen Whitman-Jacobs and Gina Solomon-U.S. DOT/Volpe Center

As part of WTS-Boston’s mission to advance women in transportation, the annual Program for Emerging Professional Women aims to assist in the development of our future leaders. This competitive program supports transportation professionals through a year of free membership and attendance at luncheons and events to two selected participants.  WTS-Boston selected Samantha Roddy and Nikki Tishler as our 2018 Emerging Professionals.


Samantha Roddy is an Environmental Planner in the Highway Division of the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT). She received her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Massachusetts in Environmental Sciences and her Master’s degree from the University of New Hampshire in Earth Sciences. In her undergraduate career, she worked at the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in the Airports organization where she provided environmental research and data collection for the noise study program, exposing her to extensive federal regulatory policies and procedures in the transportation sector. Samantha has been with MassDOT for just over a year where she has learned? how the environmental process fits into the greater picture of planning and advertising a project.  At MassDOT, her responsibilities include environmental reviews, project organization and oversight, the development of a shared use path planning and design guide, and managing a set of climate change initiatives. She has played an active role in managing and organizing project statuses for efficient and proactive reporting and strives to find ways to continually improve processes and deliver projects in a timely manner. She is always looking at the goals and objectives of MassDOT to ensure her projects integrate with other departments and help to ensure departmental success.  With a long family history in the federal transportation sector, Samantha’s goal is to follow in these footsteps and build her career in this field.


Nikki Tishler is a Transportation Planner and Title VI Strategist with MassDOT’s Office of Transportation Planning, supporting capital planning and civil rights compliance activities at the agency. With a background in public policy and community organizing, Nikki is passionate about promoting civic engagement and improving public participation processes so that public sector activities reflect the needs and wants of the public. In her role as Title VI Strategist, she sees the consideration of civil rights and transportation equity as an opportunity to improve the customer experience for the diverse constituencies served by MassDOT. Nikki holds a Joint Master of Public Policy and Master of Arts in Women’s and Gender Studies from Brandeis University’s Heller School for Social Policy and Management and a BA in Civic Engagement and the Politics of Representation from the University of Massachusetts – Amherst.


We are very excited to have Samantha and Nikki participate in the Emerging Professionals program.  Please welcome them and help us support these fantastic transportation professionals!



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