Chief Practice Officer
Ms. Shepherd is Executive Vice President and Chief Practice Officer at Michael Baker International. In this position, she is a member of the Executive Leadership Team and leads the firm’s strategic planning process. She also oversees Michael Baker’s overall practice leadership, spearheads communication and collaboration across practices, and engages practice leaders in the exchange of expertise and capabilities to develop innovative and cost-effective solutions for clients. Previously, Ms. Shepherd served as Michael Baker’s Senior Vice President and National Market Lead in the Railroad and Transit practice where she directed all activities related to the firm’s rail and transit national market.
Ms. Shepherd’s extensive business experience spans nearly 30 years in fast-growing firms in the transportation industry. She is an established rail and public transit professional with proven capabilities in developing successful bid strategies, fostering teaming opportunities, and nurturing client relationships. She also possesses a keen understanding of multimodal transportation and managing marketing and proposal teams.
Ms. Shepherd has worked in multiple modes of transportation, including transit, freight, highways and bridges, tunnels, federal markets, ports, environment, planning and aviation. Before her roles at Michael Baker, Ms. Shepherd served as vice president of corporate strategy at Systra, USA, where she worked with a specialized team of professionals to provide engineering consulting services with a focus on track, infrastructure, electrical and systems.
Ms. Shepherd is an active member of the American Public Transportation Association (APTA) and a past Chair and current Board member of the American Public Transportation Foundation. In addition, she is a participating member of the APTA mentorship program providing coaching and motivation for our younger generation as they advance in the transportation industry. She also is an active member of the Women’s Transportation Seminar (WTS) in the New York and Washington, D.C. chapters, as well as several transportation industry associations.