Julie Honeywell joins Sound Transit as Chief Human Resources Officer

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New executive will lead initiatives supporting employee excellence and expanded project delivery

Julie Honeywell has joined Sound Transit as Chief Human Resources Officer, a key role on the executive team in which she will support the agency's work to plan, build and operate expanding regional transit services across the Puget Sound region.

"I look forward to Julie's contributions to a number of new and very important initiatives, including strengthening our staff training and development efforts, expanding our outreach to recruit a dynamic and diverse workforce, and building a more collaborative agency culture," said Sound Transit CEO Peter Rogoff. 

Honeywell joins Sound Transit as the agency works to dramatically expand regional transit services, including light rail expansions to form a 116-mile regional system, following the November 2016 passage of the Sound Transit 3 ballot measure. She previously worked at Paladino and Company, a building and sustainability consulting firm where she served seven years as Chief Human Resources Officer. Prior to that she worked eight years for Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, a publisher of education and trade publications with more than 5,500 employees, where she served in a series of high-profile human resources roles. Earlier in her career Honeywell managed human resources for Promissor, a global firm of more than 1,000 employees focusing on licensure and certification testing.

"I'm thrilled to be joining Sound Transit and looking forward to expand the agency's talent programs to provide rich career experiences and drive positive results for our employees and, ultimately, the communities we serve," Honeywell said. "My passion lies in unleashing the potential of others as our success is only realized through our people. Human Resources' goal will be to ensure we have the best and brightest to deliver our mission of connecting people to where they live, work and play."

Honeywell earned a master of business administration degree with focus on organizational development and design from DePaul University and a bachelor of arts in organizational development from Loyola University Chicago.