Parsons Brinckerhoff names new Washington, D.C. area manager

Written by Carolina Worrell, Senior Editor
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Parsons Brinckerhoff has named Marsha Kaiser area manager of its Washington, D.C. office. In her new position, Kaiser will be responsible for leading all aspects of the firm’s Washington, D.C. operations, including business development and marketing, client relationship management and project performance.

Kaiser has more than 30 years of experience in planning and finance, specializing in the development and implementation of complex, public-sector programs that involve technical analysis, policy guidance and building collaborative partnerships. Previously, Kaiser served as managing principal of the PlaceMaking group at Parsons Brinckerhoff, which is dedicated to building and revitalizing communities through the integration of land use and transportation investment. In that position, she led such projects as the Tysons Corner, Virginia urban center study; Amtrak’s Baltimore Penn Station planning; the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) joint development task on property development; and numerous transit-oriented development plans.

Prior to joining Parsons Brinckerhoff in 2006, Kaiser served as director of the Maryland Department of Transportation’s office of planning and capital programming. She served as the primary liaison with federal, regional, local and private agencies involved in transportation projects and played a key role in numerous transportation investments in the Washington, D.C. and Baltimore regions.

Kaiser holds a Masters of Science degree in public administration/urban planning from Shippensburg University and a Bachelors of Science in social welfare from Lock Haven University. She is active in the Urban Land Institute and the ITS International and serves on the multimodal statewide planning committee at the Transportation Research Board.

Recent Parsons Brinckerhoff projects in the D.C. metro area include the Woodrow Wilson Bridge project, for which Parsons Brinckerhoff, in joint venture, served as general engineering consultant; an ongoing role as program manager to WMATA for the agency’s $5 billion, 6-year capital improvement program; and the current First Street Tunnel for the District of Columbia Water and Sewer Authority, and several projects for the District of Columbia Department of Transportation, including the 16th Street Prioritization Study and the South Capitol Street Corridor Project.

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