YPT Phoenix

The YPT Phoenix Chapter offers networking, fellowship and career development opportunities for new and emerging transportation professionals in metro Phoenix.


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Hannah Quinsey

Hannah Quinsey is a Planner III at Valley Metro in Phoenix, AZ. She has 8 years of experience in public transit planning in public and private sectors in Phoenix, Arizona and Portland, Oregon. Hannah has led service and operations planning, special transportation grant administration, light rail and bus rapid transit capital planning and coordinated transportation plans. Hannah supports Valley Metro’s MOD Sandbox grant projects, including Pass2Go and Waymo Partnership pilots, and project managed Valley Metro’s Quality of Life Report, measuring the impact of ten years of light rail operations.
Jessica Parks
Interim Chair

Jessica Parks developed an interest in public transit while exploring the great cities of the world by bike, rail and bus with her family. She is passionate about how public transit is a window to the soul of a city and the needs of its people.  An honors graduate from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at ASU,  she is happiest when connecting people to the resources they want and the information that they need.  
When she’s not talking about public transit, Jessica is probably watching movies or discussing the latest science news (fact and/or fiction). She serves as the Deputy Chair for YPT Phoenix,  as a member of the WTS Communications Committee, and as the Director of Shorts Filmmaker Relations for the Phoenix Film Festival and Peoria Film Festival.
Callijah Chadwick
Deputy Chair

Callijah serves as a marketing assistant and graphic design specialist for Gannett Fleming. In her cross-functional role, she’s responsible for delivering marketing communications, proposals, designs for print and digital materials, and provides marketing coordination and strategy for internal and external events and conferences. Her background includes more than nine years of marketing experience where she’s been able to deploy her savoir-faire to create engage audiences and drive them to action. Her interest in composition and branding concepts has taken her from self-taught enthusiast to design whiz.
An imaginative, compassionate, and forward-thinking young professional, she shares a genuine love for rescue dogs (including her spaniel-mix GusGus), crafting, travel, volunteer work, and all things Harry potter. Callijah looks forward to working with YPT, surrounded by young and dynamic professionals who have a part in the planning and design of the Phoenix landscape.
Taylor Michaels

Taylor is a marketing professional who supports Kimley-Horn’s 13 offices throughout the Mountain Region. She is passionate about partnering with her clients to help them win work. Taylor is an expert at technical editing, strategy development, and event planning. With five years of experience, she excels at programs within the Adobe suite and keeping projects organized. She possesses an aptitude for fast learning, streamlining processes, and meeting tight deadlines. This makes Taylor an excellent asset for running a meeting, assisting to win a big project, and everything in between.
Kim Engesath
Communications Chair

Kim is an Arizona native with 4 years of professional experience in the engineering and transportation industry. Her primary background is focused on working with geo-spatial technology called LiDAR that is applied to transportation design. She also currently works as a Transportation Planner with a focus in GIS for JACOBS. This is her second term on the YPT Phoenix board and looks forward to her continued involvement.
Julie CruzGillifan
Membership Chair

Julieta has 10 years of experience in community empowerment and engagement.   Prior to joining Valley Metro, Julieta worked with City of Phoenix’s former Mayor Greg Stanton, addressing constituent and community leaders’ needs through outcome-focused initiatives.  Julieta started her career as a community organizer for Stand for Children, an education advocacy organization.  Through relationship building and grassroots organizing, Julieta developed parent leaders in South Phoenix to spearhead a campaign overriding two district-wide budgets and elect two board members to represent the interest of students.  These experiences allow Julieta to connect with community members to advocate and to access public transit. 
Brenda Soto
Partnership Chair

Brenda has over four (four as of January 2020) years of traffic, transportation engineering, and intelligent transportation systems (ITS) experience. Her technical experience includes ITS infrastructure for municipal and statewide projects, traffic signal design, Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) design, signing and pavement marking design, and utility coordination. Brenda has completed engineering design for municipalities throughout the Phoenix metropolitan area, including Avondale, Buckeye, Gilbert, Glendale, Goodyear, Peoria, Phoenix, Scottsdale, Surprise, and Tempe, as well as for the Maricopa County, Arizona, Utah, Kansas, and Missouri Departments of Transportation (DOTs).
Amy Garinger
Programs Committee Chair

Amy is a Planner and Project Manager at Kimley-Horn. She has seven years of experience in transportation and intelligent transportation systems (ITS)/technology planning and engineering throughout the country, but predominantly within the Mountain West (AZ, CO, NV, UT). She has a Masters in Urban and Environmental Planning and in Sustainability and is passionate about her work in planning for active transportation and complete trips.  


YPT Membership is open to all new and emerging transportation professionals and students – everyone is welcome to participate in our activities.

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