Diana Mendes, AICP

Mendes is respected transit leader who is active in the national transportation scene and brings a broad understanding of infrastructure needs and challenges. With more than 30 years of experience in transportation and public transit, she is responsible for strategic planning and implementation, industry representation, business development, service delivery and client satisfaction. 

Throughout her career Mendes has been appointed to several professional association boards and committee leadership positions including the Institute of Transportation Engineers, the American Public Transportation Association, the American Planning Association, the National Building Museum and the non-profit Rail~Volution. She was on the advisory board and served as a contributing author for the “go-to” professional reference book “Planning and Urban Design Standards” published by the APA and John Wiley and Sons. In addition, Mendes has contributed to trade publications including Passenger Transport, Mass Transit Magazine, Metro Magazine and Engineering News Record. 

Professional affiliations:
•    APTA Legislative Committee Chair (2017-present) 
•    National Building Museum Board of Trustees (2014-present)
•    American Planning Association (APA), Policy and Legislative Committee (2009-2012)
•    APA National Infrastructure Task Force, Transportation Co-Lead (2008 to 2010)
•    American Public Transportation Association (APTA) Board of Directors (2010-2011; 2014-present)
•    APTA Legislative Committee Chair (2017-present)
•    APTA Policy and Planning Committee Chair (2008-2011), Vice-Chair (2006-2008)
•    APTA Environmental Sub-Committee Chair (2002-2008)
•    Rail~Volution Board of Directors (2015-present), National Steering Committee (2002-2015)
•    Institute of Transportation Engineers, Transportation Planning Executive Council (1998-2001)
•    ITE Transportation Planning Executive Council Member (1995-1998)
•    American Society of Civil Engineers (2005-present)
•    Women’s Transportation Seminar (1997-present)
•    Institute of Transportation Engineers (1995-present)
•    American Institute of Certified Planners (1989-present)

•    Master of City Planning, University of Pennsylvania
•    Bachelor of Arts in Sociology, Mount Holyoke College