YPT Boston

Who We Are

The Boston chapter of Young Professionals in Transportation (YPT) is dedicated to fostering career development of young professionals in the transportation field.

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YPT Boston Board, 2016-2017

Our chapter was formed in September 2010 to enhance professional development among young transportation practitioners and future leaders. YPT was formed in 2007 as a national organization, headquartered in Washington, D.C. and has since grown to include chapters in many large cities in the U.S. Our goals are threefold:

1. Professional Development: Provide a regular series of seminars from leading individuals or teams in the transportation field.

2. Fellowship: Provide an ongoing forum for mutual support and interaction between young transportation professionals, especially for those starting their careers.

3. Networking: Provide networking opportunities and seminars to help young professionals advance their careers and share innovative ideas.

What We Do

Networking Events – These events are a great way to get to know your fellow transportation professionals and students in a relaxed, informal setting. We meet at various bars and restaurants in the Boston area. Networking events generally feature an invited Distinguished Guest, a leader in the transportation field. Boston events are free, unless otherwise noted.

Leadership Seminars – These seminars are a great way to meet and interact with distinguished leaders in the transportation field. Participants are encouraged to ask questions about the speakers’ work, career path, and for advice to today’s young professionals. Speakers invited to attend include prominent transportation practitioners and leaders.

Technical Tours – These tours offer members the opportunity to explore transportation in practice.

Board Meetings – These are regularly scheduled meetings of the YPT Boston Board of Directors. At these meetings, we discuss the group’s goals and strategies and plan events. Meetings are held on the second Tuesday of every month. Check out agendas and minutes here.

Upcoming Events

Join YPT-Boston for one of our upcoming networking events, brownbags, or technical tours. All upcoming events are posted here, or click here to sign up on the YPT Friend list – our general mailing list.

Beers with the Board


WHEN: Wednesday August 23, 2017 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

WHERE: Precinct Kitchen + Bar | 154 Berkeley Street, Boston, MA 02116


Join the YPT Board for a drink and evening of networking where you can meet and mingle with current the YPT Board, YPT Boston members, and friends! Come chat with us about past YPT evens and bring your ideas for future events.

The YPT Boston board is made up of nine young professionals working in different areas of the transportation field, including both public and private sector, and all of us would love to get to know our friends and members better. If you’re new to YPT and looking to get involved or you’re thinking about running for a YPT board position yourself, this informal even is a perfect opportunity to get started.

YPT Boston Chapter Awards

YPT Boston is hosting their first ever YPT Boston Chapter Awards to recognize young professionals exceling within the transportation industry! Only YPT members are eligible to apply for an award. If you are not currently a member and wish to apply, please sign up for $20 at https://my.yptransportation.org/join. Members may nominate others or self-nominate.


Nominations due Friday September 15, 2017, 5:00 PM
Winners will be announced Wednesday, September 20, 2017
Awards dinner will be held at Brahmin in Back Bay on Wednesday, October 11, 2017 from 6:00-8:00 PM

Young Professionals Transportation Project of the Year – An award for a project that had/is having a significant impact and where young professional(s) played a significant role. Projects will be evaluated by their impact for the transportation industry or local transportation system and the roles that young professionals played in them. All project types are eligible from studies and designs that are being implemented to finished products already being used.

Young Professionals Excellence in Innovation/Research of the Year – An award that will go to a product, paper, invention, etc. in the transportation industry where young professionals played a significant role. This will be judged based on what the innovation/research is and what role young professionals played. All types of innovations and research are eligible.

Young Professionals Community Spirit – An award that will go to a young professional that has had a major impact in a community they serve in. This will be an award for an individual whose efforts contributed to a positive change that serves to enhance transportation equity, environmental stewardship, public engagement, economic competitiveness, or other important enhancements that benefit the people of their community.

PRIZE – A certificate recognizing this  achievement and a $50 Gift Card to a local restaurant.

To apply for an award, submit your application to YPT. All applications are due by 5PM Eastern Time September 15. Applicants are allowed to submit additional materials (such as project samples) as attachments to their application forms. Please send any attachments as a single packet in pdf form. If you wish to submit applications for both categories, please submit separate forms for each category. Applications can be submitted by an individual or by a team. To be eligible, submissions have to relate to work performed or finished in the last three years.

YPT Board Elections

YPT Boston Members and Friends,

Here is a great opportunity for you to get involved in determining the future of Young Professionals in Transportation-Boston!  YPT will soon be conducting elections to select the 2017-2018 YPT-Boston Chapter Board of Directors.  If you would like to run for a Board of Directors position or vote in the election, please continue reading below.

Directors typically offer a time commitment of up to 3-5 hours per week, though the level of commitment required for each position varies.  Please refer to the position descriptions for more information. Directors are expected to make every attempt possible to attend in person or be available to call into monthly Chapter Board of Directors meetings.

Note that elections for the National Board of Directors positions is a separate process.


Nominations for one of the nine (9) Board of Director positions (described below) should be submitted by e-mail to YPT at yptboston@gmail.com by Friday, September 15, 2017, 11:59 PM EST.  Please submit your name, title, organization, contact information, the position(s) for which you are seeking nomination, and a candidate statement (1 page or less) addressing why you would like to serve on the YPT-Boston Chapter Board of Directors.  Please submit all of this information in a single MS Word file. Please email yptboston@gmail.com with any questions.


In order to run for a YPT-Boston Chapter Board of Directors position or vote in the elections you must be or become a paid YPT Member by Friday, September 15, 2017 11:59 PM EST by following this link:  https://my.yptransportation.org/join.  If you think you are already a Member but are unsure, you can check your membership status by logging into https://my.yptransportation.org.


  • September 15, 2017: Submit your candidate statement via email by 11:59 PM.
  • October 16, 2017:  All eligible voters will receive an email with voting instructions.  Online voting for National and Chapter elections opens at 09:00 AM EST.
  • October 27, 2017: Online voting for National and Chapter elections closes at 8:00 PM EST.

Pending any runoff elections, the results will be made available to the YPT membership in early November.  The new Board term for all winning candidates will begin on November 1, 2017.


Elections will be held for the following YPT-Boston Board of Directors positions.  There is no limit to the number of consecutive terms a Board Member may serve.  Candidates may run for multiple positions.  If a candidate wins more than one position then that person may choose which position he/she would prefer to serve.

  1. Chair:  The Chair shall be responsible for the following:
  • Implement day-to-day policies and guidelines of the Board of Directors
  • Preside over Board meetings
  • Create and appoint members to Committees
  • Act as chief executive officer of the organization
  • Manage the Board and delegating responsibilities

In order to be eligible to run for Chapter Chair, a candidate must have served on the YPT Boston Board for at least one year. It is expected that the Chair will make every effort possible to attend all Board meetings.

  1. Deputy Chair:  The Deputy Chair shall be responsible for the following:
  • Help to coordinate activities involving multiple Officers and assist the Chair in his or her responsibilities
  • In the absence of the Chair, the Deputy Chair shall act in the official capacity of the Chair and perform all duties of that office
  • Maintain good relationships between the YPT Boston Board and the YPTInternational Board, and keep the YPT Boston Board apprised of discussions occurring at the international level. This includes participation in the monthly chapter calls with other chapters and International Board members.
  • Coordinate with the International Board on the elections process, ensuring that appropriate timelines are met and needed documents are provided to the appropriate International contact
  • The Deputy Chair will take on other responsibilities as directed by the Chair
  1. Vice Chair for Administration:  The Vice Chair for Administration shall be responsible for the following:
  • Keep full and accurate records of all business and proceedings at Board meetings
  • Ensure that appropriate letters are sent thanking event speakers, leaders, etc. for their roles
  • Draft and maintain procedural documentation related to the Chapter
  • File the Annual Report with the International YPT organization and the Massachusetts Non-Profit review agency

It is expected that the Vice Chair for Administration will make every effort possible to attend all Board meetings. If a meeting will be missed, the Vice Chair is responsible for coordinating with other Board members to find a replacement to record minutes.

  1. Vice Chair for Finance:  The Vice Chair for Finance shall be responsible for the following:
  • Manage the safekeeping YPT Boston funds, including managing a bank account and reporting of receipts, expenditures, and balances
  • Provide the Board with a full financial report each month
  • Develop an annual budget and coordinate with the Vice Chair for Sponsorship to ensure that expenses will not exceed income
  • Work closely with the Vice Chair for Programs to ensure programming budgets do not exceed revenues
  • Review contracts with vendors throughout the year
  • Coordinate with YPT International regarding the collection of dues, tax filings and end of the year fiscal statements
  1. Vice Chair for Communications:  The Vice Chair for Communications shall be responsible for the following:
  • Coordinate activities and communications that promote the organization to the general public
  • Coordinate activities that facilitate and encourage communication and fellowship among the members of YPT
  • Carry out communications and outreach to other Boston related to their respective events
  • Maintain the YPT Boston electronic media, including regularly scheduled emails, as well as updates to Facebook, Twitter, and the YPTBoston website
  • Become familiar with using social media, CRM, and updating websites
  • Oversee a Deputy Vice Chair for Communications, appointed through a separate process, and a standing committee

This position requires frequent and on-time delivery of various external communications. As such, it should be filled by someone with the ability to provide that level of commitment. The Board will seek a Deputy Vice Chair of Communications, through a separate process, to work with the Vice Chair and share some of this workload.

  1. Vice Chair for Programs:  The Vice Chair for Programs shall be responsible for the following:
  • Coordinate all YPT Boston events throughout the year. This includes, but is not limited to, networking events, lunch and learns, technical tours, and the annual distinguished speaker series event.
  • Maintain a standing programs committee to assist in the planning and execution of events
  • Oversee a Deputy Vice Chair for Programs, appointed through a separate process, to assist with the duties of planning and executing YPT Boston’s events
  • Coordinate with the Vice Chair for Communications regarding electronic communications about events
  • Use a CRM system to create event pages and track registration for upcoming events

This position does carry a more substantial time commitment than other Board positions. As such, it should be filled by someone with the ability to provide that level of commitment. The Board will seek a Deputy Vice Chair and there is currently a standing committee to work with the Vice Chair and share some of this workload.

  1. Vice Chair for Membership:  The Vice Chair for Membership shall be responsible for the following:
  • Maintain an active list of YPT Boston members and friends via the CRM database and coordinate with YPT International to ensure that all data are current and accurate
  • Review membership dues transactions between YPT Boston and YPTInternational that result from new members
  • Recruit YPT Members and Friends by attending events and actively promoting YPT Boston as an organization
  • Work closely with the Vice Chair for Programs to coordinate and execute events that encourage and attract membership, especially events reserved for members only
  • Develop strategies to continue to grow membership, like the YPT annual summer technical tour series and the YPT member survey
  1. Vice Chair for Sponsorship:  The Vice Chair for Sponsorship shall be responsible for the following:
  • Actively seek sponsorship opportunities and engage existing and potential sponsors to secure a steady revenue stream for the organization
  • Coordinate with the Vice Chair for Finance to provide up-to-date information and expectations regarding sponsorships and revenue, and ensuring that sponsors receive receipts on all transactions
  • Keep the sponsorship packet and all other sponsorship documents up-to-date
  1. Vice Chair At-Large: The Vice Chair At-Large shall be responsible for the following:
  • Provide general support for YPT activities, promotion and outreach of YPTevents, and to regularly participate in all Board functions
  • Assist YPT Boston Board members with special projects, or manage special projects as determined by the YPT Boston Board. This may include duties like chapter organization, programs assistance, coordinating with the Vice Chair for Membership on membership drives, and/or other projects.
  • Serve as a liaison between YPT Boston and area colleges and universities to actively engage students and faculty in the transportation field

Please note that the various positions require differing levels of responsibility and commitment. It is critical to the success of the Board and organization that you can provide this level of commitment before nominating yourself for a specific position. This is a small board and it is important that members attend Board meetings. Meetings are currently held on the third Tuesday of each month from 6-7:30pm. A call-in number can be provided to Board members who are unable to attend a meeting in person due to extenuating circumstances. Feel free to reach out to any existing Board members with any questions you may have regarding positions.

If you would like to submit a nomination or if you have questions about the elections process, please do not hesitate to contact us at yptboston@gmail.com.

This is your opportunity to get involved in building an organization dedicated to the professional advancement and development of young professionals in the field of transportation.  We need your help and look forward to your participation in the elections and your contributions toward another great year ahead!

Events Calendar

Past Events

Check out a complete list of our past events, including photos, here and on Facebook.

Become a Member of YPT Boston

Becoming a YPT member is simple. YPT offers two categories of involvement: a Member and a Friend. A paid voting Member registration fee covers activities at YPT Boston, as well as with our National (Washington, D.C.) chapter.

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

Benefits of Membership include:

  • Discounts to YPT events
  • Special Members only events
  • Eligibility to run for a YPT Boston Board Member position
  • Eligibility to vote in YPT elections

Plus all the benefits of being a YPT Friend (below)

The term of the annual membership fee is recognized as the period from the day YPT receives your payment until the prior day next year.

Membership dues are received and processed by our National (Washington, D.C.) chapter. Membership dues can be paid online or by check.

Click here to join or pay membership dues online

Become a YPT Boston Friend

Anyone can become a Friend of YPT Boston by signing up for the YPT email list! Click here to sign up on the YPT Friend list – our general mailing list.

Benefits of becoming a Friend of YPT for free include:

  • Updates on all matters of interest to YPT members via our regular email distribution
  • Subscription to Mobility Matters, YPT National’s quarterly newsletter
  • Opportunities to get to know other fellow young professionals in transportation through regular events

Questions about becoming a Member or a Friend? Email yptboston@gmail.com.


Election results are in! Visit our Chapter Leadership page to see the new 2016-2017 YPT Boston Board.

Contact Us

To communicate with our Board of Directors, please contact us at  our general email address.


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