CHICAGO—CDM Smith is excited to welcome Justine Sydello as a national practice leader for transportation policy. The former Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) deputy secretary brings more than a decade of experience in the public sector at regional and state levels and extensive knowledge in policy, emerging transportation technologies, planning, freight and financing. Sydello will help build CDM Smith’s national transportation policy practice around funding and financing, strategic planning and preparation for disruptive technologies, including electrification, automation and mobility as a service.
“Technology is fundamentally changing the way we move people and goods, and I am really looking forward to contributing to CDM Smith’s proactive approach to anticipating and planning for disruptive technologies,” said Sydello. “It’s one thing to talk about how much transportation can change in the coming years and decades, but it’s another to adapt scenario plans and modeling tools now to discover new possibilities in technology.” Sydello will also support CDM Smith’s tolling practice, lending her knowledge of public sector issues regarding tolling policy and strategic business decisions, legislative reviews and intergovernmental coordination.
While at IDOT, Sydello led the Autonomous Illinois initiative for connected and automated vehicles and managed federal engagement, successfully securing a $132 million grant through the U.S. Department of Transportation’s INFRA discretionary program.
Sydello sees transportation as a strategy to support broader quality of life and economic development goals and has dedicated her career to helping improve people’s lives through the development and implementation of effective public policies. “Transportation isn’t about just getting a person or a product from point A to point B,” said Sydello. “It’s about bringing families together, creating access to jobs and unlocking new economic opportunities.”
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