September 12, 2019 • Renaissance Seattle Hotel • Seattle, Washington


Tim Aguirre

HMS Ferries

Tim Aguirre is a general manager and the safety management system designated person for HMS Ferries, a division of HMS Global Maritime. He most recently partnered with HMS Consulting in leading a team that converted the Gee’s Bend Ferry to the first 100% electric passenger vehicle ferry in the United States. Previously Tim completed a career in the US Coast Guard. He has served in both afloat and aviation assignments that included operations officer, facilities engineer and chief of training for the HU25 Fleet. He is also a certified naval science instructor and has flown commercially for JetBlue Airways.


Tim has been awarded a bachelor of science in civil engineering from the United States Coast Guard Academy and a master of public administration from St. Mary’s University. He is presently completing a master of transportation and engineering management at the California Maritime Academy.

Alice Brown

Boston Harbor Now

Alice is the director of planning at Boston Harbor Now. Her work primarily focuses on expanding mobility choices and activating open spaces. She is working to promote and expand water transportation options, including the development of business plans for new ferry routes, and she is also shaping a vision for Harborwalk 2.0 to make the Boston waterfront and harbor islands more accessible and resilient. Prior to joining Boston Harbor Now, Alice worked on transportation and resilience planning at the Boston Transportation Department (as the project manager for Go Boston 2030), at Sasaki, and at LivableStreets. Alice holds a BS in math and a BA in philosophy from the Ohio State University, an MS in teaching from Pace University, and an MUP from Harvard’s Graduate School of Design.

Liz Diedrich

Diedrich RPM

Liz Diedrich has more than 20 years’ experience as an entrepreneur and business leader. Through her career, she has developed and led businesses in strategic planning, sales, marketing and research. Liz has a reputation for generating innovative strategies that create competitive leverage and increased sales and revenue.


She started her first company at age 20 while still in college, where she invented and manufactured a product, which was sold to Tupperware. She has lived in Germany where she taught college for the United States Armed Forces for three institutions: The University of Maryland, Central Texas College and City Colleges of Chicago. She founded a marketing business in 1994 called Creative Marketing, recently re-branded Diedrich RPM (Research Propelled Marketing).


She continues to develop and lead marketing strategies for her clients. Part of the company’s success lies in the comprehensive research she brings to her clients, which helps drive creative vision, on-the-ground execution and ultimately measurable results and enhanced ROI. Her team has conducted quantitative studies in more than 1000 geographic markets that targeted more than 100 million consumers and business decision-makers. Diedrich RPM has also performed focus groups across the globe.


In July 2013 Liz initiated another venture with the inception of Destiny Cruises, LLC and sold this company to a local resort on December 31, 2018.


Liz is active on multiple boards for public, non-profit and private companies – currently she is a director with The Tri-State Manufacturing Association, served two terms on the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce board and was previously the chair for Eden Prairie Chamber of Commerce, she served as a director for Scholarship America, and is on the business advisory boards of Anchor Bank, MOM’s, and MNSCU.

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Greg Dronkert

Pacific Mobility Group, Inc.

Greg is the founder and president of Pacific Mobility Group, Inc., a family of land and marine transportation, travel and service companies that serve government, private industry and direct consumers.


Greg is an engineering graduate of the California Maritime Academy and sailed in licensed positions in both the deck and engineering departments before progressing through senior and executive management positions ashore.


Over the years Greg has served as president and COO of HMS Ferries; director of the Alaska Marine Highway System; president and CEO of Glacier Bay Cruiseline; and vice president and general manager of Alaska Ship and Drydock.


Greg attended the University of Washington’s marine transportation and port planning program and has an MBA in shipping and logistics from Middelsex University.

Michael Gougherty

Water Emergency Transportation Authority

Mike Gougherty is a senior transportation planner with the San Francisco Bay Area Water Emergency Transportation Authority (WETA). Before joining WETA, Mike worked as an access planner for the Bay Area Rapid Transit District (BART) where he managed bicycle access and station wayfinding projects. His current responsibilities at WETA include capital project development, fare policy, station access planning, and ridership forecasting.


Mike is a member of the TRB Ferry Transportation Committee. He is from Detroit, MI and is a graduate of the University of Michigan with a BA in political science. Mike received a master’s degree in city and regional planning from the University of California-Berkeley and currently resides in San Francisco, CA.

Rick Judd

Federal Highway Administration, USDOT

Rick Judd has been the financial manager for the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), Washington Division since 2008. Prior to working for FHWA, Rick spent 19 years with the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) in economic forecasting and served as the federal aid manager for WSDOT’s highway program. During his time with FHWA and WSDOT, Rick has worked with the Federal-aid Ferry Boat Discretionary Program and the current Ferry Boat Program.


Rick has a master’s degree in applied economics from Montana State University and a bachelor’s degree in animal science-industries management from Colorado State University.

Jorden Kemper

Golden Gate Zero Emission Marine

Jorden Kemper is the vice president of sales and business development at Golden Gate Zero Emission Marine. He has a background in entrepreneurship, product management, management consulting and direct sales. Working closely with Dr. Joseph Pratt to commercialize hydrogen fuel cells for the commercial maritime market, Jorden is one of the world’s experts in the marine application of hydrogen fuel cells.

Mark Keneford


Mark Keneford spent 27 years in the Canadian Navy as a marine systems engineering officer and project manager. He sailed in ships and had operating tickets (Navy equivalent) for steam, diesel and gas turbines. Since 2008 he has been employed by Wärtsilä in services as Canadian Government service support and then as Wärtsilä Canada Marine Solutions sales responsible across Canada to represent Wärtsilä solutions to shipowners, ship design companies and shipyards, in all vessel segments.


Mark is a member of the Canadian Institute of Marine Engineers CIMARE (St. Lawrence branch) and the Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers SNAME (eastern Canada section).

Eleanor Kirtley, PhD, PE

Green Marine

Eleanor Kirtley is the West Coast program manager for Green Marine, North America’s leading environmental certification for the maritime industry. She joined the program and opened their West Coast office in November 2014. Before that, Eleanor worked as an ocean engineer for six years at Glosten. She was also a project manager and principal investigator for vessel traffic and risk assessments studies.


In 2008, Eleanor completed her PhD in naval architecture and marine engineering from the University of Michigan and moved to Seattle, WA, where she still lives with her husband David and their dog Mag-E and preschooler Harry.

Kristen Kissinger, AICP

KPFF Consulting Engineers

Kristen is an associate and senior planner in KPFF Consulting Engineers’ Marine Transit Group. As a leader in this group, Kristen has managed the successful delivery of waterborne transportation projects for ferry service, expansion, and terminal planning across Puget Sound, San Francisco Bay, New York, Boston Harbor, Maine, and British Columbia. Her specialties include marine transportation feasibility and implementation planning and associated land-use planning, project permitting and scheduling, entitlement project management, and community outreach and involvement.


Recent work includes serving as KPFF’s project manager and lead planner for the Washington State Ferries Long Range Plan for 2020-2040, as well as the Kitsap Transit Passenger-Only Business and Implementation Plan which led to the successful passing of a ballot measure to fund fast ferry service from Kitsap County.


Kristen is a southern California native, and a transplant from Tucson more than 12 years ago, where she earned a BS in geography and regional development and an MS in planning from the University of Arizona. She is certified by the American Institute of Certified Planners and active in her community.

Ryan Mello

Tacoma City Council

Ryan Mello was elected to the Tacoma City Council in January 2011 and represents the at-large position 8. Previously, Ryan was elected citywide to the Metropolitan Park Board of Commissioners in 2005.


Born in Kailua, Hawaii, Ryan moved to Tacoma in 1997. A graduate of the University of Puget Sound, he earned a degree in politics and government. On the Tacoma City Council, Ryan now serves as chair of the Infrastructure, Planning & Sustainability Committee, chairs the Puget Sound Regional Council’s Growth Management Policy Board & the Pierce County Flood Control Zone District Advisory Committee and serves on the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency Board of Directors, Pierce Transit Board of Commissioners, among other assignments to enhance quality of life and improve basic city infrastructure. Ryan is a strong advocate for smart growth, biking and walking and cares passionately about public transit being a critical ticket to connect all citizens to opportunity and build communities worthy of our children.


Professionally Ryan is the executive director of the Pierce Conservation District. The Conservation District works with local landowners and public agencies to conserve natural resources that are essential to both the economy and this region’s quality of life.

Steven D. Miller

Hanson Bridgett LLP

Steven has a varied practice representing both public and private clients in the public arena. He assists public agencies throughout California operating bus, rail, and ferry service. His general areas of expertise include public contracts and procurements, regulatory compliance, intergovernmental agreements, constitutional issues, election law, and government ethics. He has particular depth of expertise in all issues relative to transit agencies and the complex statutory and regulatory framework under which they operate. Steven is the evaluator for the City of San Jose Board of Fair Campaign and Political Practices (formerly Ethics Commission), advising that entity regarding alleged violations of the San Jose Municipal Code in the area of election and ethics rules.


Steven has extensive experience in public sector contracting issues, including representing both public and private entities in the area of public works contracts, contract negotiations of all types, and bid protests relating to complex state and local procurements. He regularly advises private and public entities on compliance with federal Buy America requirements.


Steven also assists clients, both public and private, on a wide range of issues relating to political and election law. His constitutional law focus has led to his involvement in recent efforts to address structural reform in California, including drafting initiatives for statewide ballots.


Steven’s expertise includes advising local government, as well as manufacturers and users, regarding the developing legal landscape, and the increasing opportunities for commercial use, of unmanned aircraft systems (i.e. drones). In addition, Steven teaches legal writing and research at University of California, Hastings College of the Law.


Steven has a particular enthusiasm for, and expertise in, the developing legal landscape, and the increasing opportunities for commercial use, of unmanned aircraft systems (i.e. drones). He blogs on the topic at


Beyond the practice of law, Steven is a Grammy-award winning violinist and served for many years on the faculty of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. He has issued more than 20 CDs and has appeared on both NPR and PBS.

William L. Moon III, PE


William “Will” Moon, PE is a senior naval architect at Glosten, a full-service marine consultancy based in Seattle. Since joining Glosten in 2004, Will has provided naval architectural support for both new construction and refit projects involving passenger vessels, ferries, research vessels, tugs, barges, and various floating structures. He is currently serving as project manager/design lead for the design of an all-electric vehicle ferry for Skagit County.

Will earned his bachelor’s degree in ocean engineering from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University and is a professionally licensed naval architect in the state of Washington.

Peter Philips

Philips Publishing Group

Peter is the president of Philips Publishing Group, publishers of trade journals for the maritime and transportation industries. In the years since Philips Publishing was founded by Peter’s father in 1983, the company has grown to become the largest maritime and transportation publishing house on the West Coast. Titles include Pacific Maritime Magazine, aimed at West Coast commercial vessel and terminal operators, FOGHORN, the official publication of the Passenger Vessel Association, Clipper Vacations Magazine, published for Seattle’s Clipper Navigation, Catalina Express Magazine, published for Catalina Express, Pacific Fisheries Review and Fishermen’s News, the oldest commercial fishing publication on the Pacific Coast.


In addition to publishing trade journals, Philips Publishing also specializes in creative design services for the maritime and transportation industries, with clients across the country. Peter is the immediate past president of the Seattle Marine Business Coalition, which represents the interests of marine industrial land users. Peter is past president of the Port of Seattle Chapter of the Propeller Club, and past regional vice president, West Coast, of the International Propeller Club. Peter has a BA in history from Whitman College, and has been employed in the maritime publishing field since 1985.

Patricia Rodriguez

Clearwater Ferry Services, Inc.

Patricia “Trisha” Rodriguez is the owner and operator of Clearwater Ferry Services, Inc. Founded in March of 2015, Clearwater Ferry provides a safe waterborne transportation experience in a fun, fast and reliable method to the best destinations in Pinellas County, Florida.


Trisha grew up in Waukegan, Illinois, and is the oldest of three siblings. She graduated with a bachelor of science degree from University of Wisconsin Lacrosse in 1998.


She and her husband Dennis moved to Florida in 2015 with their two daughters Hailey and Madelyn. Trisha founded The Tropics Boat Tours, a leisure boat tour operation in Clearwater Beach, Florida, in October of 2010, and remains the general manager of this thriving business to this day.


Trisha got involved with local chambers of commerce very quickly and used her personal skills to earn her spot in the community. Very soon, she found herself chairperson of committees and on the executive board to the Clearwater Beach Chamber of Commerce. In 2014, she volunteered to start what is now known as the PTI (Parking, Traffic and Infrastructure) Committee; the PTI Committee was founded to help find alternatives to congestion and traffic issues on Clearwater Beach. Trisha researched through surveys and analysis, and in March of 2015, she and her husband Dennis founded the Clearwater Ferry as an alternative route for locals, employees and visitors alike to get to their favorite beach. Ever since, they have been working tirelessly to create awareness for their service which caters to everyone.


These years, Trisha turns her volunteerism to the county while serving on the Pinellas County Tourism Council, to the City of Clearwater and even plays a role in the Island Estates Women’s Club where she and her family live.

Captain Rachel Rowe

Skagit County Public Works

Captain Rachel Rowe is the ferry operations division manager for Skagit County Public Works. In this role, she is responsible for planning, organizing, directing and controlling all activities for the Guemes Island ferry system. She also oversees operation and maintenance of the docks and terminal facilities, as well as annual shipyard and repair projects. She is currently leading Skagit County’s battery-electric ferry replacement project, which will be one of the first purpose built, all-electric vehicle and passenger ferries in the US.


Captain Rowe has spent more than 20 years in the commercial passenger vessel industry, working in both the public and private sector. Her career navigational experience in the private sector includes Southeast Alaska’s Inside Passage, Canada’s Gulf Islands, Mexico’s Sea of Cortes, the Columbia and Snake Rivers, San Francisco Bay, the Napa and Petaluma Rivers, Costa Rica and several offshore Pacific Ocean voyages.

Captain Rowe was born and raised in the Pacific Northwest. She attended Seattle Maritime Academy and has been a USCG-licensed captain since 2003.

Ray Scott

Kitsap Transit

Ray Scott is the marine operations and maintenance manager for Kitsap Transit where he manages the expanding fleet of Kitsap Transit’s fast ferries on Puget Sound.


Ray graduated from the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard’s marine electrician apprenticeship program and worked as a project manager at the naval shipyard for a total of 10 years. He holds a US Coast Guard chief engineer license, and prior to joining Kitsap Transit he worked as an engineer in the fishing industry on Alaska and offshore tug boats. He completed his bachelor of science degree in business management and is currently working on an MBA.

William H. Singer

Pacifica Law Group

William “Will” Singer is an associate in Pacifica’s public finance and municipal law group. He serves primarily as bond counsel and disclosure counsel in a variety of tax-advantaged financings. Will also advises municipal governments on a range of general matters.


Prior to law school, Will worked in local government and politics in Washington, DC. He served as a legislative aide, and later, as the budget director for former District of Columbia councilmember and mayor Adrian Fenty. Will also worked on several election campaigns, including Mr. Fenty’s successful 2006 mayoral campaign.


Will clerked at the Washington State Court of Appeals for Judge Lisa R. Worswick. Prior to joining Pacifica, he was an associate at Hillis Clark Martin & Peterson PS where he practiced public finance with an emphasis on nonprofit and health care institution financing.


Will earned a BA in politics at Oberlin College and a JD at Northwestern University School of Law.


Will enjoys bowling in a league and coaching youth sports. As an amateur bartender, he makes cocktails, bitters, and liqueurs at home.

James Wong

New York City Economic Development Corporation

James is the executive director for NYC Ferry at the NYC Economic Development Corporation. Starting in 2014, James led the planning and implementation of NYC Ferry which launched in May 2017. Today, he manages a department in charge of contracting, finance, maintenance, operations oversight, customer service and construction coordination. James is a transportation planner and engineer who has consulted previously on major projects including street design, transit operations and corridor planning for cities in the United States, South Africa and Russia. James has an undergraduate engineering degree from the University of Pennsylvania and master’s degree in civil engineering and city planning from Georgia Tech.

LT Margaret Woodbridge

US Coast Guard

LT Margaret Woodbridge is a marine inspector at Coast Guard Sector Puget Sound, where she inspects the local domestic vessel fleet for compliance with federal safety standards. Previously, Margaret was the project officer for hybrid and electric vessels at the Coast Guard Marine Safety Center, reviewing new construction and conversion design proposals and developing the first design equivalencies for Li-ion battery installations on US commercial vessels. Her first tour was as an engineer on the heavy icebreaker USCGC Polar Star. Margaret has a BS in naval architecture & marine engineering from the Coast Guard Academy, a MS in mechanical engineering from Stanford University, and is a licensed professional engineer in Virginia.