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2019 Emerging Professionals

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 three selected participants.  WTS-Boston selected Birgit Wurster, Michelle Cantor and Jasmine Meadows as our 2019 Emerging Professionals.


Birgit Wurster is a Graphics Coordinator in Capital Delivery at the MBTA. Her role with the Graphics and Wayfinding group at the T includes working with project managers, architects, and engineers throughout the design process to implement MBTA wayfinding standards at both new and existing stations. She believes that wayfinding and other placemaking elements are a vital component of a transit system, critical to both passenger experience and accessibility.

Birgit received a Master of Architecture from the Harvard Graduate School of Design, where her thesis project was the design of a co-housing typology for small, urban sites. Following her graduate studies, she worked in the offices of Anmahian Winton Architects, Harvard University Office of Physical Resources and Planning, and MASS Design Group.

A dedicated city-dweller, Birgit lives in downtown Boston with her fiancé and one-year-old son.


Michelle Cantor is a Capital Policy Analyst at the MBTA, where she is involved in conducting budget and data analyses, as well as assisting with grant reporting for capital projects. She had always planned to be a children’s talent manager, but a move to Cincinnati three years ago, and a position as an executive assistant to the Chief Operations Officer at their transit authority, opened her eyes to the huge role that access to transit can play in providing a better quality of life. She has been passionate about pursuing a career in transit ever since.

Michelle holds a BFA in film from Florida State University and is working toward a Master of Public Administration from Ohio University’s Voinovich School. Originally from Philadelphia, she has lived in five different states, and enjoys road trips and spending time with her husband and cat.


Jasmine Meadows is a Document Control Manager for the GLX program at the MBTA. Jasmine began her journey in the transportation field as a Green Line trolley operator for the MBTA. She served as an operator for four years before being promoted to her position as Document Control Manager within the Capital Delivery Department.

Jasmine is a native of Boston, MA. and is a graduate of Pine Manor College, where she received her BA in Communications, with a concentration on electronic Media. She worked in the healthcare management field for ten years and helped initiate a publication on customer experience before joining the world of transportation.

When Jasmine is not working, she can be found attending her son's sporting games, participating in her daughter's fundraising events at school, or just simply reading a good book. Jasmine's enthusiasm for growth and development is never ending and is something that she embraces both personally and professionally.



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