As Vice President and Practice Leader, Margarita D. Gagliardi leads the firm’s rail and transit planning practice.
Drawing upon nearly 40 years of virtually unmatched professional experience, Margarita oversees and manages major transportation improvements from concept design and alternatives analyses to final design and startup. She has exceptional qualifications tying together the technical, environmental, financial and public outreach aspects of major transportation projects. Her diverse background includes developing transit capital and operating improvement plans, coordinating transit projects with real estate and development projects, and implementing quality assurance programs. Her extensive experience also includes the oversight of New Starts studies and Project Management Oversight programs for both the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) and the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA).
When she is not challenging the status quo of the rail and transit market, her passion outside of the office is genealogy – a hobby that ramified from her #1 hero – her mother. Genealogy actually provides her with the ability to roll two passions into one -- her keen interest in her roots and a love of travel. She also draws her inspiration from her mentors, two teachers that encouraged her to ‘think outside of the box’ then, and still resonates now in her daily work.
She has a master's degree in public administration in planning and a bachelor's degree in geography, both from Indiana University. A David Rockefeller Fellow in 2003, Margarita is an active member of numerous professional organizations, including the American Public Transit Association, Policy and Planning, High-Speed Rail and Rail Program Committees; The Moles; Regional Plan Association, New York and Transportation Program Area Committees; Women's Transportation Seminar; and the New York Building Congress, Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure.