Executive leadership

Goran (Jer-AHN) Sparrman is the interim CEO of Sound Transit. He is widely known and respected for his work throughout our region, bringing over 30 years of experience in the public and private sectors. 

Before Sound Transit, Sparrman was a business development officer and vice president at HNTB Corporation, a major infrastructure firm. Before joining HNTB, he was the deputy director and interim director of the Seattle Department of Transportation from 2011 to 2014, where he led the planning, design, building, maintenance, and operations of Seattle’s transportation infrastructure. As well, Sparrman served as the director of the City of Bellevue Transportation Department for 12 years, where he worked closely with Sound Transit on planning for the East Link Extension. 

In addition to the executive leadership experience, Sparrman is considered a thought leader and trusted advisor by several local civic, elected, nonprofit, and jurisdictional partners.  

Sparrman is a licensed professional engineer in Washington and holds the equivalent of both a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in civil engineering from Chalmers University of Technology in Gothenburg, Sweden. 

Executive leadership team

Russ Arnold, Deputy CEO (Chief Service Delivery Officer)

Desmond Brown, General Counsel

Moises Gutierrez, Deputy CEO (Chief Program Management & Oversight Officer)

John Henry, Deputy CEO (Chief Finance & Business Administration Officer)

Julie Honeywell, Chief People & Culture Officer

Terri Mestas, DCEO (Chief Mega Capital Programs Officer)

Kathy Albert, Chief Strategic Business Officer

Andrew Austin, Executive Director—Government & Community Relations

Mary Cummings, Chief Administrative Officer

Daphne Cross, Acting Chief Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Officer

Chris Elwell, Executive Director—Labor Relations

Luke Lamon, Executive Director—Communications, Marketing & Engagement

Ron Lewis, Executive Director—Design, Engineering & Construction Management

Chelsea Levy, Acting Executive Director - Planning, Environmental & Project Development

Ted Lucas, Chief Procurement & Contracts Officer

Marie Olson, Acting Executive Director—Passenger Experience & Innovation

Kerry Pihlstrom, Acting Executive Director—Asset Transition Office

Branden Porter, Acting Chief Safety Officer

Ylanda Thomas, Interim Agency Chief of Staff

Jason Weiss, Chief Information Officer