Young Professionals in Transportation (YPT) is an international 501(c)(6) nonprofit coalition of organizations, which helps professional development, fellowship, and networking for young professionals in the transportation field.
Since 2008, YPT-DC has been the local chapter for Northern Virginia, DC, and Southern Maryland transportation practitioners, students, and partners. This chapter aims to put into practice YPT's mission.
To foster professional development, YPT-DC hosts regular lectures, panel discussions, and on-site tours with local experts. Because this chapter is located in the seat of the Federal government, members are also able to learn from national lawmakers and thought leaders. This feature is unique to YPT-DC.
To promote fellowship, YPT-DC sponsors casual outings and fun events for members and friends, including a monthly "Beers with Peers" and group outings to sporting events and recreational activities.
To build its network, YPT-DC's 2,000 members and friends work together to sustain an environment that will usher in the next generation of thought leaders and experts who are prepared to lead.
What's New with YPT-DC
Recent Events: Shared Use Mobility Panel
Each year, candidates submit qualifications and are selected by YPT's members to carry the mission forward. Elections are held each autumn and terms are one year. For 2017-2018, YPT's Board is as follows:
Lucas Muller, Chair
Lucas Muller is a Multimodal Transportation Planner for Kimley-Horn, based in Reston, VA, at the current terminus of the Silver Line. He has been involved in several of the region’s critical multimodal projects and planning, including moveDC – the District’s Long Range Multimodal Transportation Plan and has a passion for innovative public engagement. Lucas holds a Bachelors in Engineering in Civil Engineering from Vanderbilt University. As Chapter Chair, Lucas leads initiatives to grow the presence of YPT in the region, strives for continued membership growth, and leads the scholarship initiative. A District resident, Lucas enjoys exploring DC’s growing restaurant and bar scene and playing/following sports in his free time.
Xavier Harmony, Deputy Chair
Originally from Australia, Xavier Harmony has been working in transportation in the US for over 6 years. With experience in both the public and private sector, Xavier currently works as a Lead Service Planner at Amtrak. He has earned degrees in Business Management and Civil Engineering from the Queensland University of Technology as well as a master’s in Transportation Engineering from Penn State.
Xavier has been on the YPT-DC board for over two years, first as Deputy Vice Chair for Administration followed by Vice Chair for Administration. He currently holds the Deputy Chair position for YPT-DC as well as the Director of Membership position for YPT International.
In his spare time Xavier enjoys spending his spare time hiking, riding transit, and exploring cities.
Matthew Cahill, Vice Chair for Finance
Matthew Cahill manages major transit and intercity passenger rail capital projects as a Principal Technical Specialist for global professional services firm WSP (formerly WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff). Prior to joining WSP, he oversaw a $2.5 billion portfolio of high-speed rail grants for the Federal Railroad Administration as a consulting program manager with Booz Allen Hamilton. He has worked with the Federal Transit Administration, state and municipal agencies, a commercial rolling stock manufacturer, and the private intercity bus industry in various management consulting, transportation policy, and communications roles. Matthew graduated with honors from Eureka College, Eureka, Ill., where he earned a B.S. in Business Administration and was a Ronald W. Reagan Leadership Fellow.
David Koch, Vice Chair for Administration
David Koch is a Transportation Specialist for the District Department of Transportation, where he is a member of the DC Circulator team. He first joined DDOT as a Capital City Fellow in 2015. Previously, he was a Regional Planner with the Northern Virginia Transportation Commission, and prior to that worked as a Commuter Services Coordinator with Central Maryland Regional Transit. He holds a Master's of City and Regional Planning from the Bloustein School at Rutgers University. David has lived abroad in three countries, including a stint as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Macedonia, and a fellowship with The Louis Berger Group in Cameroon.
Stefanie Brodie, Vice Chair for Communications
Stefanie Brodie has a love for cities. After graduating from the University of Maryland with a BS in Civil Engineering, she worked as a consultant for several years until that love lead her to enter a dual master’s degree program at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Civil Engineering and City and Regional Planning.
At this time she also discovered her love for research and continued to a PhD in Civil Engineering, completed in 2015. Since then, Stefanie has held a Marie Curie Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of Nottingham U.K. and is currently a research program specialist at the District Department of Transportation. Her professional interests center on transportation planning and policy and she has an express interest in transportation equity. She believes that research should help public agencies make informed decisions. Stefanie is originally from Waterbury, CT and has a rather adorable feline roommate.
Will Resch, Vice Chair for Sponsorship
Will Resch is an Associate with Chambers, Conlon and Hartwell, where he advises transportation clients on federal regulatory, legislative and project finance strategies. He works closely with several of the firm’s association clients where he is responsible for PAC fundraising, compliance, and grassroots advocacy. Will has an extensive background in policy analysis and an in-depth understanding of current legislative issues including transportation policy and the appropriations process. He holds a Master’s Degree in Public Policy from the Rochester Institute of Technology.
Jessa Paruch, Vice Chair for Programs
Jessa Paruch is an Associate at Booz Allen Hamilton. At BAH, she supports the Federal Aviation Administration as they work to meet a congressional mandate to reduce capital and operating costs through air traffic control facility consolidations. She also supports the USDOT, ITS Professional Capacity Building Program as they work with ITS Program Managers to provide trainings, outreach, and tech transfer activities for state and local entities deploying ITS. Prior to BAH, Jessa worked in intelligent transportation systems on various USDOT contracts to support the deployment of connected vehicles.
Jessa holds a B.S. from Saint Vincent College and a Masters of Public Policy and Management from Carnegie Mellon University’s Heinz College. Originally from Western PA, she is a lover of all things Pittsburgh but particularly the Steelers and pierogis. When not talking about transportation, she is traveling, playing tennis, or exploring DC.
Michael McGonagle, Deputy Vice Chair for Sponsorship
Michael McGonagle was born in Alexandria, VA and attended James Madison University in Harrisonburg, VA from 2013-2017. He graduated with a BS in Marketing, along a concentration in Professional Sales. Before joining the transportation world in March of 2018, Michael worked as a Sales Associate for Healthcare best practices firm, the Advisory Board Company in Georgetown, Washington, D.C.
While in college Michael interned for Chambers, Conlon, & Hartwell, where his affinity for transportation and railroad-related interests began. After joining the team at CC&H in March Michael became involved in the Young Professionals in Transportation, where he now serve as the Deputy Vice Chair for Sponsorship.
Sam Sklar, Deputy Vice Chair for Communications
Sam Sklar grew up in Fort Lee, NJ, outside New York City, where he also worked in Real Estate sales and finance for two years after a Bachelor's Degree in Finance from Boston University. While working in Manhattan, he developed a love of cities and the built environment and pursued his interests with a Master's Degree in City and Regional Planning with a Concentration in Transportation and Environmental Planning from the University of Pennsylvania's School of Design.
Sam has worked for local, regional, and non-profit agencies, most recently with Smart Growth America, where he assisted with transportation technical assistance and led an effort to restore daily passenger rail service to the Gulf Coast, which has been sporadic since Hurricane Katrina in 2005.
Carolyn Dorf, Deputy Vice Chair for Programs
Carolyn Dorf is the Program and Events Associate at the Eno Center for Transportation. She handles the planning and execution of Eno’s events and training programs. She received a B.A. in Political Science from Muhlenberg College in Allentown, Pennsylvania. As Deputy Vice Chair for Programs for the YPT-DC chapter, Carolyn assists the Vice Chair for Programs with planning and logistics for all YPT events. In her spare time, Carolyn enjoys running, reading, and traveling any chance she gets.