How did you begin working at TRA? Who was your first client?
I found out about TRA and the work we do through networking with another Rutgers Law School alumnus. I wanted to change tracks into a career that better aligned with my interests and passion for public transit. My first clients at TRA were Missouri Department of Transportation, Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation, and West Virginia Department of Transportation. I don’t like to play favorites with my clients, but West Virginia has given me a cool opportunity to see places I might not have visited otherwise.
What do you like most about your job?
I really enjoy some of the more creative aspects of the job. I like being able to create and give presentations to help organizations better understand some of the changes that are happening with Federal regulations. I also enjoy research assignments. With my background in law, these assignments make me feel like I can bring a unique perspective or insight to my team. I think having a diverse set of backgrounds and experiences is important for any project.
What would people be surprised to know about you?
When I retire, I want to get a part-time job as a play-by-play commentator for a minor league baseball team.
What do you enjoy doing when you’re not at work?
When I’m not at work I enjoy working on my model railroad, checking out new restaurants and trying new dishes, playing guitar, or exploring all of the cultural attractions that Philadelphia has to offer. I also really enjoy cooking, so as time allows I like to make fancy dinners for myself and my partner. I also volunteer at the Wilmington & Western Railroad in Delaware.
If you could travel anywhere, where would you go?
Not surprisingly, many of my dream vacations involve train trips. I would love to take the Empire Builder to Seattle or the Caledonian Sleeper to Scotland. I would also love to do a more ferry-centric trip exploring Scandinavia and the Baltic States.