Southwest Washington Regional Transportation Council

Press Release

November 13, 2013

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Vancouver, Washington - The Southwest Washington Regional Transportation Council announces the list of finalists for their new director. Interviews will be held on Friday, November 22, 2013. An open door public lunch will be held for the candidates from 12:00-1:00 pm at the Vancouver City Hall, 415 W. 6th St., Aspen Multi-Purpose Room, first floor.

RTC is the long range transportation planning agency for Clark, Skamania, and Klickitat Counties. Battle Ground Councilman Bill Ganley, and RTC Chair states “the six candidates all come with high qualifications, have diverse backgrounds in transportation planning, and have solid executive leadership experience.”

Katy Brooks has worked as Senior Manager of Transportation Planning & Community Affairs for the Port of Vancouver, Washington, for seven years. Prior to this, she worked for JD White Company as Senior Program Manager for four years. Ms. Brooks worked for the Port of Portland, Oregon, for several years as Senior Manager of Public Affairs and Community Affairs Specialist. She has also served as Senior Community Affairs Manager for the Oregon Department of Transportation for two years. Ms. Brooks served as city councilor in Sandy, Oregon, from 1994-96. She has a bachelor’s degree in communication from Southern Oregon State University.

Brian Gibson is Executive Director of Oahu Metropolitan Planning Organization in Honolulu, Hawaii. Prior to taking that position in 2010, he was a Transportation Planner and Analyst for Fargo-Moorhead Metropolitan Council of Governments in North Dakota for 9 years. Mr. Gibson has a bachelor’s degree in economics from Moorhead State University in Moorhead, Minnesota.

Richard James has been with Clallam County, Washington, since 1990 and has been the Transportation Program Manager for the past seven years. Prior to that he was Senior Planner for Transportation for ten years for the county. Earlier in his career, Mr. James also served the City of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, and the City of Spokane and Spokane County, Washington, in planning positions. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Forest Management from Washington State University, and dual master’s degrees in Public Administration, and Urban and Regional Planning from Eastern Washington University.

Matthew Ransom is currently Project Development & Policy Manager at the City of Vancouver, Washington. He began working for the city in 1999 and throughout his tenure has served in long range planning and transportation planning management. Mr. Ransom was an Associate Transportation Planner for C-Tran in Vancouver, Washington, and worked as an urban planner for Otak, Inc. in Lake Oswego, Oregon. He was also a principal consultant for the Fiscal Research Institute in Portland, Oregon, for seven years. Mr. Ransom has a master’s degree in Urban and Regional Planning from Portland State University and a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Urban Studies from the University of Utah.

Karl Welzenbach has served as Executive Director of the Sherman-Denison Metropolitan Planning Organization in Sherman, Texas, since 2012. He worked as Executive Director of the Volusia Transportation Planning Organization in Florida for three years prior to that. Mr. Welzenbach worked as Section Chief of the Suburban Grants Program for the Illinois Department of Transportation for one year. While employed at Chicago Area Metropolitan Planning for six years, he served as Chief Transportation Systems Analyst, Regional Systems Analyst, and Transportation Analyst. Mr. Welzenbach has a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Illinois.

Stephen Williams served as the Executive Director of the Thomas Jefferson Planning District Commission in Charlottesville, Virginia, for four years. Prior to that position, Mr. Williams served as Assistant Director/MPO Coordinator and eventually Executive Director of Nashua Regional Planning Commission in Nashua, New Hampshire, for 5 years. He worked as Assistant Director and Senior Transportation Planner for the East Central Intergovernmental Association in Dubuque, Iowa, during his three year tenure there. Mr. Williams also has transportation planning experience from his time at Region XII Council of Governments in Carroll, Iowa, the Association of Monterey Bay Governments in Monterey, California, and the San Luis Obispo County Planning Department in San Luis Obispo, California. Mr. Williams has a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from Montana State University.


For more information:
Regional Transportation Council
P.O. Box 1366
Vancouver, Washington 98666-1366

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