Partnering for the future - a Sound Transit contracting expo

A Sound Transit Virtual Conference for the Architectural & Engineering and Construction Industry

December 11, 2020 | 7:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. | Virtual conference platform

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Sound Transit is a driver of economic recovery. As the agency continues operating daily transit services, as we open new light rail lines in the next few years and as we continue long-term regional transit expansion, we will also continue to offer new opportunities for contractors,

Sound Transit is committed to building this economic recovery equitably by making sure our contracting workforce reflects the diverse community we serve. Stressing this commitment, our Business & Labor Compliance Office sets annual workforce goals for DBEs. Reflecting how serious we are about this vision, we have continually exceeded these goals year to year.

Learn about Sound Transit’s path forward and hear from leadership on the agency’s strategic priorities, equity initiatives, industry partnerships and contract trends that you can employ to help shape a more prosperous future with us. Get inspired by keynote speakers and celebrate industry accomplishments.

What to expect

  • Hear from CEO Peter Rogoff and Deputy CEOs Kimberly Farley and Mary Cummings on Sound Transit’s path forward
  • Attend breakout sessions to learn more from Sound Transit’s leaders
  • Connect with other attendees for networking opportunities

Sound Transit is a driver of economic recovery. As the agency continues operating daily transit services, as we open new light rail lines in the next few years and as we continue long-term regional transit expansion, we will also continue to offer new opportunities for contractors,

Sound Transit is committed to building this economic recovery equitably by making sure our contracting workforce reflects the diverse community we serve. Stressing this commitment, our Business & Labor Compliance Office sets annual workforce goals for DBEs. Reflecting how serious we are about this vision, we have continually exceeded these goals year to year.

7:30 – 7:55 a.m.
Pre-conference and networking

  • Architecture & Engineering
  • Construction  

8:00 –8:05 a.m.
8:05 – 8:45 a.m. 

9:00 – 9:30 a.m.

  • Breakout session: Advancing alternative delivery at Sound Transit 
  • Breakout session: Conversation and insight on small works at Sound Transit 

9:35 – 10:05 a.m.

  • Breakout session: Passenger personas 
  • Breakout session: Introduction to the Office of Civil Rights, Equity and Inclusion 

10:10 – 10:40 a.m.
Building partnerships opportunity – matched networking meetings 

  • Architecture & Engineering
  • Construction Management
  • General Construction

10:45 - 11:15 a.m. 
      Safety and security in transit projects [Description]

11:20 a.m. - 12.00 p.m.
      Building diverse partnerships to deliver for the region [Description]

12:00 - 12:20 p.m.
Closing Remarks


Description: Despite the challenges of 2020, Sound Transit is continuing to build and expand a mass transit system throughout the Puget Sound Region. Join us to hear how Sound Transit continues to connect our communities, and how building diverse partnerships with the design and construction industries are key to our future success. 

Peter Rogoff, Chief Executive Officer [Read bio]

Description: The Sound Transit Board is undertaking a ‘realignment’ process to revise the 25-year capital plan to respond to reduced revenues caused by the recession. The realignment process will determine how to revise project timelines and plans to stay within projected financial capacity. Hear what Sound Transit has done to date and the steps we plan to take between now and final decisions in July 2021.

Don Billen, Executive Director, Planning Environment & Project Development [Read bio]

Breakout Sessions

Description: Sound Transit seeks to attract and retain passengers by providing service that is reliable and easy to use. Throughout project and design development, centering passengers is vital to achieving this objective. Join us to learn how the act of role-playing is a tool to bring a diversity of passenger perspectives to the design process.

Presenter: Russ Arnold, Chief Customer Experience Officer 

Description: Sound Transit has utilized the Design-Build and GC/CM delivery methods for several projects, learning and improving our approach with each project. Listen to what we have learned over the past ten years and help us find ways to improve our use of these alternative delivery methods for the next ten years.  

Jon Mihkels, Project Director, New Facilities
Nick Datz, Technical Advisor, Procurement & Contracts 
Randy Harlow, Executive Project Director, Lynnwood Link

Description: During this session you will learn about the role of the Office of Civil Rights Equity and Inclusion (CREI) in creating more diverse, inclusive and equitable spaces for our employees as well as our riders and broader community.

Nicole Hill, Manager, Civil Rights, Equity & Inclusion Office
Brenda Nnambi, Technical Adviser, Civil Rights, Equity & Inclusion

Description: Hear from Sound Transit staff on upcoming Small Works opportunities with the agency. Focused on projects under $1 million, increased industry/community participation, and exploring the challenges of getting into the marketplace. This session will consist of a short presentation followed with an open Q&A format geared towards building with the community in the face of a changing landscape.  

Matthew Gaviorno, Manager, Operations Projects & Programs
Nathaniel Tillman, Specialist, Design & Construction Contracts 
Jennifer Hoback, Senior Specialist, Civil Rights, Equity & Inclusion


Join Sound Transit, American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) of Washington and Associated General Contractors (AGC) of Washington for a virtual coffee chat. Share event goals, expectations, and networking tips with industry peers.

Sound Transit is, “Connecting more people to more places to make life better and create equitable opportunities for all”. Use this networking break to build and maintain your industry connections. Networking is automated and individuals are placed in one-on-one meetings based on their registration ticket type. For example; a Construction Management (Prime) ticket will be matched with a Construction Management (Sub-consultant) ticket.

Additional Sessions

Description: This 30-minute session will feature leaders from Sound Transit’s Safety Department discussing the safety and security elements of constructing, securing and certifying major projects at Sound Transit. Attendees will have the opportunity to learn about Sound Transit's requirements and expectations for certifying a major capital project in accordance with federal regulations, securing the job sites and ensuring a safe construction site for contractors and staff. 

Stephen Misczuk, Manager, Transit System Safety 
Robert Taaffe, Director, Construction and Employee Safety 
Branden Porter, Manager, Transit System Security

Description: Delivering the largest transit expansion in the country is a huge responsibility and an opportunity to foster the growth of a diverse workforce in the industry and professions in support of transit delivery. Sound Transit recognizes the importance of mutual respect and cooperation between the owner and the consultant, contracting and labor industries to achieve our commitment to the region. Together we must deliver on this commitment and use this opportunity to fulfill the region’s mobility needs with a focus on the communities we serve. Learn how Sound Transit is partnering with the industry and what we look for in a trusted partner.


Kerry Pihlstrom, Acting Deputy Executive Director, Design and Engineering
Leslie Jones, Chief Business & Labor Compliance Officer, EXE-Business & Labor Compliance
Matt Preedy, Director-Construction Management, DECM-Construction Management


Peter M. Rogoff, Chief Executive Officer, Sound Transit

Peter Rogoff is the Chief Executive Officer at Sound Transit, the Seattle-based three-county regional transit provider in Washington state’s Central Puget Sound. Appointed by the Sound Transit Board in 2016, Rogoff is currently leading the agency as it plans and builds the largest transit expansion in North America, a voter-mandated 116-mile regional rapid transit network.

In addition to helping craft the historic $54 billion expansion measure approved by voters in 2016, Rogoff oversees its unprecedented construction achievements including routing light rail across a floating interstate bridge. Rogoff has transformed the agency’s processes and approaches around six core values of collaboration, customer focus, inclusion and respect, safety, integrity and quality.  These efforts have given rise to new business units centered on the passenger experience as well as a new Office of Equity and Inclusion.  

As a 30-year transportation professional, Rogoff was appointed by President Barack H. Obama and confirmed by the U.S. Senate twice, first as Administrator of the Federal Transit Administration from 2009-2014, and then from 2014-2016, as the Under Secretary of Transportation for Policy at the U.S. Department of Transportation. Prior to serving in these distinguished positions, Rogoff spent 22 years on the staff of the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee, including 14 years as Democratic Staff Director on the Transportation Subcommittee.

Rogoff helped launch the Washington state’s first chapter of the Conference of Minority Transportation Officials.  Rogoff currently serves on the Board of Directors of the American Public Transportation Association and the Board’s Finance Committee.  He also serves on the Advisory Committee to the University of Washington’s Mobility Innovation Center. 

Chief Procurement & Contracts Officer, Sound Transit

Ted Lucas is the Chief Procurement & Contracts Officer at Sound Transit. Sound Transit’s Procurement & Contracts Division centrally performs all agency procurement including goods and services, technology, and design and construction. The Division holds NIGP’s Pareto Award of Excellence in Public Procurement. 

Before joining Sound Transit in 2012, Lucas was Purchasing Manager for Snohomish County (Everett, WA), Vice President of Strategic Sourcing for Jackson Health System (Miami, FL), Procurement Director for Miami-Dade County (Miami, FL), and Deputy General Counsel and Procurement Executive for the Panama Canal Commission (U.S. Government in the Republic of Panama). 

Lucas received a law degree from the University of Washington, holds the CPPO certification in public procurement, and is currently the co-chairperson of APTA’s national Procurement and Supply Chain Committee. 

photo of Don Billen, Executive Director, Planning, Environmental Review, and Project Development (PEPD), Sound Transit

Don Billen is Executive Director for Planning, Environmental Review, and Project Development at Sound Transit where he leads project planning, environmental review, sustainability, transit-oriented development, system access and innovation.  

Billen’s previous roles at Sound Transit include Director of the Office of Capital Project Development, Program Manager for the East Link Light Rail Extension, and Project Manager for the Capitol Hill and Beacon Hill light rail stations.

Billen started at Sound Transit in September of 1996 as a graduate school intern shortly before the Sound Move vote. Billen holds Master Degrees in Public Administration and Transportation Systems from the University of Washington. He also holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Peace and Global Studies from Earlham College.  

Photo of Kimberly Farley, Deputy Chief Executive Officer, Sound Transit

Kimberly Farley is the Deputy Chief Executive Officer of Sound Transit, the agency responsible for building and operating the Puget Sound region’s mass transit system.

Kimberly has more than 20 years of experience in strategic project delivery. She has held key roles in delivering utility, technology, and transportation capital projects. Kimberly spent 15 years with the Washington State Department of Transportation where she held key roles in the delivery of complex, expensive, visible and controversial highway projects.

Kimberly is an Engineering Geologist (Western Washington University), and holds a law degree from Seattle University.  

Photo of Mary Cummings, Deputy Chief Executive Officer, Sound Transit

Mrs. Cummings joined Sound Transit in December 2019, and brings more than 30 years of experience in process improvement, technology implementation and customer service. Cummings leads the administrative operations of the Agency.  

Before joining Sound Transit, Mrs. Cummings held leadership roles in telecommunications and higher education. She supported the launch and operation of Verizon affiliated cell phone companies in Mexico, Italy, Greece, Indonesia, Czechia and Slovakia. She later bridged that experience in a role at Carnegie Mellon University in the area of leadership education for global executives. She also implemented process improvements involving new technologies at Waynesburg University.  

Mary holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Communications and a Master of Business Administration Degree from the University of Pittsburgh.