Monica G. Tibbits-Nutt to Receive 2020 WTS-Boston Woman of the Year Award

Monica G. Tibbits-Nutt, AICP, LEED AP BD+C is the Executive Director of the 128 Business Council. Monica also serves on the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) Board of Directors and is the Vice-Chair of the Fiscal Management and Control Board that currently oversees the MBTA. 

Working in regional planning and transportation, Monica’s areas of specialty are transportation planning, urban design, and transit equity. In both her work and research, Monica is particularly interested in capitalizing upon every opportunity to better educate transportation stakeholders and the public about all aspects of the planning process.

As part of this focus on education, she serves as the Vice President of the non-profit Youth Engagement Planning (YEP!), which brings urban planning and community advocacy into K-12 environments. Monica also commits a significant portion of her time to mentorship through her roles as a member of the Board of Advisors to The Rappaport Institute for Greater Boston; as a mentor with TransitCenter’s Women Changing Transportation program; as a member of the Board of First-Year Advisers at Harvard University; and, less officially, by making herself available to the students and young professionals she has met through guest lecturing and through her membership in the American Planning Association, the Transportation Research Board, and others.

Monica is an active member of the research community. Recent publications include “Technology for All: How Equity, Access, and Affordability Must Feature in Next-Generation Vehicle Policy” (TR News, May-June 2019), “A Road To Somewhere” (Architecture Boston, Spring 2017), and “What Intersectional Equality Really Looks Like” (Equal Pay Massachusetts, July 31, 2017). She is also a frequent speaker at public forums, conferences and educational institutions locally, nationally and internationally.

She is a gubernatorial appointee to the Board of the Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC), having served on the Executive Committee and Legislative Committee, and formerly served as Vice-Chair of the Regional Transportation Advisory Council (RTAC). She is an active member of the American Institute of Certified Planners and a LEED Accredited Professional in Building Design & Construction with the U.S. Green Building Council.

Her past work experience includes public sector transit planning at both the MBTA Advisory Board and as Executive Director of TransitWorks. In addition, Monica has worked in regional planning and development for the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission (MORPC), the City of Columbus Planning and Development office, and the Greater Linden Development Corporation. She received a Masters of City and Regional Planning from the Ohio State University in Columbus and a Bachelor of Science in Political Science and Sociology from the University of Southern Indiana.