October 19th, 2017 • Renaissance Seattle Hotel • Seattle, Washington


Sean Caughlan, PE


Sean Caughlan, PE, is a senior marine engineer at Glosten, a full-service marine consultancy based in Seattle.He is a professionally licensed mechanical engineer in the state of Washington.


Since joining Glosten in 2003, Sean has led the firm’s efforts in design and retrofits of alternative-fueled vessels including passenger ferries, tugs, Ro-Ro ships, and container vessels. He is currently leading the conversion of a ferry from geared-diesel to 100% battery-electric.


Sean earned his bachelor’s degrees in both mechanical engineering and energy systems from the University of Washington and Evergreen State College, respectively.

Michael Gougherty

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.

Stacey C. Lewis

Pacifica Law Group

Stacey Lewis serves as lead attorney for Pacifica’s bond counsel teams serving the University of Washington, Bellevue, Tacoma, Bellingham, Kitsap County, and Redmond, among others. Stacey brings significant experience with general obligation bonds, revenue bonds (senior, intermediate and subordinate), 63-20 and lease revenue bonds, commercial paper, and other financing structures. She has significant experience negotiating letter of credit reimbursement, other credit/liquidity facilities, and hedge agreements. Stacey also advises county, city, and other municipal clients on the range of revenue options available under state law, including lodging taxes, emergency medical services levies, affordable housing levies, levy lid lifts, and excess levies, as well as in the use of special purpose entities such as public development authorities, public facilities districts, metropolitan park districts, and transportation benefit districts.


Stacey is recognized in Best Lawyers in America 2010-2017 (Public Finance Law), and selected for inclusion in Washington Super Lawyers. Prior to forming Pacifica Law Group with her colleagues, Stacey served as chair of the firm-wide public finance group at K&L Gates.


Stacey provides volunteer assistance to the Seattle Parks Foundation, Forterra and other nonprofit entities


Stacey and her husband Jeff spend many hours on the soccer sidelines, cheering for their sons’ Seattle United teams and cheering for the Seattle Sounders. Stacey is a proud alum of the Brown University women’s soccer team, and now enjoys playing over 30 Seattle co-rec soccer.


Stacey earned admission to the bar in Washington, Alaska and Oregon. She attained her law degree at University of Washington, J.D., with high honors, Order of the Coif (Washington Law Review, Managing Editor, Judge Lawless Award); as well as a BA in economics, international relations, magna cum laude, from Brown University; and London School of Economics, general course.

Mark Nagle

Expedia, Inc.

Mark Nagle is vice president of Global Real Estate at Expedia, Inc., which is one of the world’s largest travel companies with over 18,000 employees in more than 30 countries worldwide. In his role Nagle oversees real estate and facilities globally.


Nagle joined Expedia, Inc. in December of 1999 as director of real estate and general services. Prior to his role at Expedia he was the real estate and construction manager in North America for Robert Half International. Before that he was a real estate operations manager at Sprint and an associate counsel at Smith, Merril and Peffer.


He holds a JD from University of the Pacific – McGeorge School of Law, as well as a BA of history degree and a minor in conservation and resource studies from University of California, Berkeley.

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.

Amy Scarton

Washington State Ferries

Amy Scarton was appointed assistant secretary for the Ferries Division of the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) on February 1, 2017


As head of the largest ferry system in the United States, Amy’s responsibilities include guiding the Washington State Ferries (WSF) management team and all WSF employees to meet safety, operational and budgetary goals. Amy is the second woman to hold this position in the ferry system’s 66-year history.


Washington State Ferries carries 24 million people each year and operates 163,000 scheduled sailings with a reliability rate of 99.5 percent.


Prior to coming to WSF, Amy was the assistant secretary for community and economic development of WSDOT. Amy oversaw modal divisions, including public transportation, rail, freight, ports, aviation, active transportation, local programs, and multimodal planning. Amy represented the agency on a variety of boards and commissions, including the Transportation Improvement Board, the Puget Sound Regional Council, and the Sound Transit Board. As WSDOT’s lead for community engagement, Amy worked with elected officials, transportation agencies, and the traveling public across the state.


Before the three and a half years that Amy served in Washington State, she spent a decade and half in Washington, DC in a variety of executive and legislative branch appointments. From 2011 to 2013, she was President Obama’s appointee to US Department of Transportation as the deputy assistant secretary for Transportation Policy. In that role, she worked directly with the Secretary of Transportation, White House staff and other senior DOT officials to implement federal programs and policies spanning every mode of transportation. From 2007 to 2011, she was with the US House of Representatives as majority counsel for the Subcommittee on Highways and Transit, the largest subcommittee in the Congress. There she worked for Chairman Oberstar and focused on transit programs, policies and funding. From 2004 to 2007, she was the Democratic chief of staff at the US Surface Transportation Board, serving in both a legal and policy role in regulating the railroad industry under an appointment from President Bush. From 2001 to 2004, she served as a senior policy advisor to Congressman Earl Blumenauer and the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee.


Amy has both a law degree and a bachelor of arts degree from Duke University. She lives in Seattle with her husband and their two daughters who love spending time exploring the outdoors.

Jennifer Ziegler

Jennifer Ziegler

Jennifer Ziegler Public Affairs

Jennifer has more than 20 years of legislative and government relations experience.  She served as staff counsel to the Senate and House Transportation Committees, the government relations director for the Washington State Department of Transportation, and Governor Christine Gregoire’s legislative director and transportation policy advisor.  She is the owner of Jennifer Ziegler Public Affairs. Current clients include HNTB Corporation, the cities of Edmonds and Burien, the Woodland Park Zoo, the Washington State Association of Counties, the Washington State Patrol Lieutenant’s Association, and the Small and Mid-Size Transit Alliance.


Jennifer is a member of the Washington State Bar Association, the Association of Washington Business, a board member of the Olympia School District Education Foundation, a board member of the Washington State Department of Transportation Memorial Foundation and a board member of the Washington Highway Users Federation.