Sound Transit Announces Search Team’s Choice for New CEO Is Julie Timm of Virginia :: NPI’s Cascadia Advocate
Greater Richmond Transit Company executive Julie Timm is the candidate Sound Transit’s board CEO selection committee would like to see hired as the agency’s next chief executive, the agency announced today. today.
Publicly known before today only as “Candidate A”, Timm was identified as a potential successor to current CEO Peter Rogoff through a national search process led by a group of board members including the three Puget Sound County leaders (Dow Constantine of King County, Bruce Dammeier of Pierce County, and Dave Somers of Snohomish County) as well as Auburn Mayor Nancy Backus, Seattle City Councilmember Debora Juarez, Renton City Council member Ed Prince and University Place council member Kent Keel, who chairs the board of ST.
“Julie Timm’s extensive experience, leadership skills and passion for public transit will make her an excellent leader for Sound Transit as we strive to deliver the largest transit expansion program ever.” across the country and significantly expand our operations in the years to come,” said Sound Transit Board. University Place President and Mayor Kent Keel in a statement sent to NPI.
“I am thrilled and honored to be considered for the opportunity to support the Sound Transit Board and its staff in making investments that are truly transformative and historic in their scale and impact,” Timm said in response to his selection by the research team. “Public transportation is about serving people and improving lives, and I look forward to working alongside communities across the region to continue to realize the region’s vision for its future.
The entire Sound Transit Board will need to approve the rental and authorize a contract with Timm. The board is expected to discuss the search committee’s recommendation at its June 23 public meeting.
Sound Transit offered the public and media the following introduction to Timm’s employment history and work experience:
Timm is currently CEO of Greater Richmond Transit Company, where its more than four hundred employees successfully operate regional bus routes serving the Richmond, Virginia area.
Timm is known as a highly collaborative leader who forges strong relationships with community groups and partners, and for building an agency culture of dedication to public service and equity.
From 2016 to 2019, Timm served as Director of Development for WeGo Public Transit in Nashville, Tennessee.
His efforts included leading the agency’s development activities and staff in all functions, including engineering, outreach, customer service, planning, grants, marketing, communications, service quality and innovation. She oversaw the implementation of major regional capital projects associated with the more than $6 billion nMotion strategy that the Nashville area adopted in 2016.
From 2012 to 2016, Timm served as the Transit Development Officer and Title VI Compliance and Environmental Justice Officer for Hampton Roads Transit in Norfolk, Virginia.
She has worked with state and local partners and the Federal Transit Administration to manage capital projects and strategic planning processes supporting light rail and other transit projects through approval, funding and Implementation.
From 2000 to 2012, Timm worked in North Carolina in leadership positions developing transit, highway and other projects for Moffatt and Nichol, Carter and Burgess, and URS Corporation.
From 1996 to 2000, she worked as a contract employee managing projects and programs for the United States Air Force Air Combat Command Headquarters in Virginia.
Timm received an MBA from Vanderbilt University as well as a bachelor’s and master’s degree in biology from Old Dominion University.
Our NPI team is looking forward to meeting Julie and learning more about her vision for implementing Sound Transit 3 and solving some of the thorny issues facing the agency, such as elevators and escalators. Line 1 frequently fails, a problem the Sound Transit Board doesn’t seem to solve. take it seriously enough.
We’re heartened that the selection committee appears to have found a candidate who, at least from the agency’s description, shares many of the attributes that made legendary former CEO Joni Earl one of of NPI’s Lynn Allen Award winners, such success during his long tenure. at Sound Transit.
Earl was known for being collaborative and for getting results. She had a great work ethic and built strong relationships with the people who worked for her. His sincere leadership and responsible stewardship secured the future of Sound Transit in the early 2000s. Today, the agency oversees a massive expansion of bus and rail transit in Central Puget Sound.
One of the great benefits of recruiting a new leader through a national search is that it allows an organization to find new talent outside of the region it serves. Timm comes from Virginia to Sound Transit and could bring a valuable new perspective to the agency’s C-suite at a critical time in the agency’s history.
We will follow the meeting on the 23rd here on the Cascadia Advocate and look forward to the board’s discussion and decision.