New Position Continues Commitment to Equity in Transportation

OMAHA, Neb. — HDR’s Cathy LaFata has taken on a new role as the company’s transportation equity director, where she will apply more than 27 years of environmental justice expertise to help clients incorporate equity into projects at every level.

“Our clients are eager to figure out how to navigate this new world in front of them — where equity is now very much tied to federal funding,” LaFata said. “We can help them understand what an equity framework looks like, how they can incorporate equity into their organizations internally and how they can deliver their programs equitably.”

In her new role, LaFata will help multidisciplinary teams deliver HDR’s full breadth of advisory and technical services through an equity lens. She will support HDR’s efforts to expand its equity practice, technical understanding and expertise. And she will assist clients as they adjust to changing evaluation criteria for project feasibility analysis or prioritization, while also identifying the right tools to help clients meet their equity goals.

LaFata has been practicing environmental justice in the transportation world since the requirement was introduced in 1994. She has managed and/or been a principal preparer of dozens of environmental documents for transit, rail and roadway improvement projects, including community impact assessments and EJ evaluations for transportation projects across the U.S.

LaFata has long been a strong advocate for equity throughout the transportation industry. She sits on the TRB Standing Committee on Equity in Transportation; APTA Planning, Policy, and Program Development Committee; and APTA EJ Subcommittee. She has also authored multiple articles on equity and environmental justice.

“Cathy will be instrumental in helping our clients plan, fund and deliver tailored, equity-centered initiatives and programs for all modes of transportation,” said Transportation Operational Resiliency Director Janet González Tudor. “Her work will continue building momentum for equitable solutions that improve the lives of those who need it most.”

About HDR

For over a century, HDR has partnered with clients to shape communities and push the boundaries of what’s possible. Our expertise spans more than 10,000 employees in more than 200 locations around the world — and counting. Our engineering, architecture, environmental and construction services bring an impressive breadth of knowledge to every project. Our optimistic approach to finding innovative solutions defined our past and drives our future. For more information, please visit www.hdrinc.com.

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