President’s Letter

Darlene CroppedOh, the lazy days of summer!

Yet, WTS isn’t slowing down. In May, we held our popular and meaningful Annual Event at the Scottish Rite Temple in Oakland. Over 350 people enjoyed an evening where we awarded $19,000 in scholarships to deserving young women in both undergraduate and graduate school programs that are pursuing careers in transportation. We also celebrated our annual awards that included Grace Crunican, General Manager of BART as our Woman of the Year and SFMTA as our Employer of the Year. Our other honors included awards to Laurel Poeton and Christina Watson – Co-Members of the Year; April Chan, Diversity; Jim Bourgart, the Ray LaHood Man of the Year; and Caltrain Electrification as our Innovative Project award. It was a memorable and enjoyable evening that also helped celebrate the San Francisco Chapter’s 35th anniversary.

Our Chapter continues to work toward having “something for everyone” and keeping up our geographic reach—in the past couple of months we’ve held a biking event in Oakland; a professional development seminar; an electric vehicle program in Monterey; a glass ceiling discussion in San Jose; another meeting of the WTS book club and a wine tasting scholarship fundraiser to help celebrate Susan Bransen’s new role as the Executive Director of CTC.

We are gearing up for quite a busy second half of 2016 as well. We have a wide variety of upcoming monthly programs and another session of our exceptionally well received Women’s Leadership Training starting again in September. Be sure you are on our email lists—you don’t want to miss the chance to sign up and attend any of our great events and network with the Bay Area transportation community. If you aren’t getting our emails, contact Laurel Poeton at and ask to be added.

Better yet, become a member of the best transportation organization in the Bay Area and connect with many other professionals in informative, fun and career building activities. Just go to and join us today!

Enjoy summertime!

Darlene K. Gee

President, WTS San Francisco Bay Area Chapter