About

Young Professionals in Transportation (YPT) is an international 501(c)(6) nonprofit coalition of organizations, which helps professional development, fellowship, and networking for new professionals in the transportation field.

Membership to YPT is open to all young transportation professionals around the world. We DO NOT have an age-restricted definition of “young” in YPT. Anyone is welcome to participate in our activities

 

Founded in 2008, the vision of Young Professionals in Transportation (YPT) is to become the preeminent professional development organization for emerging leaders in the transportation field. YPT provides professional development guidance, fellowship, and networking opportunities for young professionals in transportation. Our members are rising leaders in the transportation field and are employed in consulting firms, local government, and national transportation agencies across the continent.

YPT is rapidly expanding its membership and influence. Since January 2014, YPT has added new chapters – including multiple international chapters – and has grown to 25 chapters across North America. Our International board supports local chapters as they develop innovative programming and grow membership, as well as sustaining strong ties with national transportation agencies and organizations. YPT hosts events at international conferences such as Transportation Research Board (TRB), and partners on learning opportunities and fun events through digital engagement.

Supporting YPT shows a commitment to supporting the future of transportation. We encourage you to join Young Professionals in Transportation International and learn more about our dynamic industry. We are the future of the global transportation community.

YPT Chapters

YPT has chapters in cities across the world. Choose from the chapters below to learn about YPT in your area. If you are interested in starting a chapter in your city and or country contact us at Chapters@yptransportation.org .

For more information on starting a new YPT Chapter click here.

CANADA

USA

ALBANY CHICAGO NEW YORK CITY SACRAMENTO
ATLANTA DETROIT ORLANDO SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA
AUSTIN HOUSTON PHILADELPHIA SEATTLE
BALTIMORE INDIANAPOLIS PHOENIX TAMPA
BOSTON LOS ANGELES PITTSBURGH TWIN CITIES
BURLINGTON NASHVILLE PORTLAND WASHINGTON, D.C.

DIRECTORS AND ADVISORS

Board of Directors

The National Board of Directors is based in Washington, DC and elected each November to provide guidance and leadership for the international organization as a whole.  

YPT 2020-2021

Board of Advisors 2020-2022

YPT’s Board of Advisors are preeminent public and private sector leaders in transportation with a wide range of exemplary experience in the field. We are grateful for their participation and willingness to assist the development of a new generation of transportation professionals.

Lora Byala – President and CEO, Foursquare ITP | D.C.

Nathaniel Ford – CEO, Jacksonville Transit Authority | Jacksonville, FL

Michael Helta – Chief Innovation Officer, Maryland Transit Administration | Baltimore, MD

Katharine Kelleman – CEO, Port Authority of Allegheny County | Pittsburgh, PA

Joung H. Lee – Policy Director, American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials | D.C. 

Andy Palanisamy – Head of Mobility Management, Ford Motor Company | Detroit, MI

Chris Pangilinan – Public Transportation Policy Manager, Uber | San Francisco, CA

Robert Puentes – President and CEO, Eno Center for Transportation | D.C.

Kimberly Slaughter – CEO, SYSTRA USA | Chicago, IL

Christof Spieler – Vice President, Huitt-Zollars | Houston, TX

Audrey Wennink – Director of Transportation, Metropolitan Planning Council | Chicago, IL

Kimberly Williams – Chief Innovation Officer, Houston METRO | Houston, TX

Sam Zimbabwe – Director, Seattle Department of Transportation | Seattle, WA

Sponsors

YPT’s diversity of programming, events, publications and other opportunities is made possible through support from our annual Sponsors – firms and organizations within the transportation industry making a financial commitment to the development of the next generation of transportation professionals through their support. To learn more about becoming a Sponsor, please contact Sponsorship@yptransportation.org.

Becoming a YPT Sponsor

YPT’s vision is to become the preeminent professional development organization for emerging leaders in the transportation sector. Our members are the future of the global transportation community. Your generous support of our organization will ensure that you and your business will play a critical role in shaping a better transportation world for generations to come. YPT offers a number of exciting opportunities for you and your employees!

To view our  Sponsorship Package, please click here.

If you would like to discuss benefits of Sponsorship, and how your company would like to get involved with YPT, please contact the Director of Sponsorship at Sponsorship@yptransportation.org.

2020 – 2021 Sponsors

 

*NEW* LEVEL ( To be announced soon!)


BRT LEVEL


BIKE LEVEL


CARPOOL


 

As a federally-recognized 501(c)(6) non-profit entity, contributions or gifts to YPT are not tax deductible as charitable contributions. However, they may be tax deductible as ordinary and necessary business expenses.

2021 STRATEGIC INITIATIVE TO EXPAND YPT

The establishment of Regional districts

YPT is an international organization with a growing number of local chapters.

To support YPT’s value to members, its growth, and impact on the transportation community, a strategic initiative to create Regional Districts, with Regional Board of Directors is being explored.

Much like the U.S. system with a federal, state and local governance. Regional Districts could serve as an intermediary level of leadership to support the organization in several ways as we continue to expand.

YPT Regional Districts can provide organizationally:

  1. Local Support & Strengthen the Leadership Pipeline – Create a pipeline for over 150 local chapter leaders to serve at an intermediate level of responsibility for a larger area encompassing several states/provinces and several local chapters. Regional Districts would act as a vital support pillar for local chapters.
  2. Catering Regional Programming & Collaboration – Regional districts can help with larger events and programming for members in that region and support local chapters that want to work with other chapters in that region. A regional district board can help develop a regional mentorship program that can bring together a larger pool of transportation professionals. Regional awards, regional YPT Conferences, and an annual study tour of a city in regions were some of the many ideas already suggested by local chapter leaders.
  3. Supporting Chapter Expansion & Membership Growth from Smaller Cities to Rural Areas – Regional boards can develop programming and serve the needs of young transportation professionals in the region rather than in just a single city. A regional board can provide programming at a regional level that provides value to and engages members in cities without an active chapter, supporting membership growth.

Please complete the interest form via the link below if you are interested in supporting this strategic initiative and further leadership opportunities in the transportation community! 

YPT Regional District Strategic Initiative Interest Form:

the establishment of profession/interest divisions

YPT is an international organization with a growing number of chapters in many cities. YPT has always relied on a geographical organization to develop programming for the needs of its members. However, in cities where certain sectors of transportation are small, there isn’t a lot of programming done for members in those industries.

This means young professional members in a certain sector of transportation or interested in a certain sector of transportation may not join or may not experience as much value in YPT as other members. 

To support YPT’s value to members, its growth, and impact on the transportation community, a strategic initiative to create Profession/Interest-Based Divisions with a Directorate Leadership is being explored.

Much like the U.S. federal cabinet system, with specific departments, focused on specific sectors, Profession/Interest-Based Divisions could support the organization in several ways as we continue to expand.

YPT Profession/Interest-Based Divisions can provide organizationally:

  1. Industry/Interest Specific Programming – Industry/Interest programming will maximize membership value to members anywhere. With more virtual programming than ever, a dedicated leadership group can develop high-quality programming on specific transportation topics for members and non-members who want to learn more about a specific transportation sector or topic. 
  2. Boost Value to YPT & Membership Growth – YPT Members & Interested Non-Members may very much want to expand their career in a specific sector and focus. This profession/interest-based division will help them to do so and also incentivize membership.
  3. Non-Geographical Leadership with Local and Regional Collaboration Opportunities –  Profession Based Divisions can work to host programming with local and regional leaders, but make such programming, if done virtually, more accessible to all members, especially in cities and more rural areas without local chapter programming.

In our new digital environment, YPT will start off with a few divisions in 2021 focused on the industries YPT members are interested in and develop programming and information for those specific industries. With interest, we would expand the number of divisions over time.

Please complete the interest form via the link below if you are interested in supporting this strategic initiative and further leadership opportunities in the transportation community! 

YPT Profession/Interest Divisions Strategic Initiative Interest Form: