Since 1993, Bruce Agnew has been leading the Cascadia initiative currently serving as director of the Cascadia Center at Discovery Institute, a private, non-profit public policy center engaged in US and Canadian transportation initiatives since 1994 and currently working on the enhanced regional deployment of autonomous, connected electric and shared vehicles through the ACES NW Network. The Network is co-chaired by Tom Alberg of Madrona Ventures Group and Bryan Mistele of INRIX.
Mr Agnew also co-chairs the Transportation Group for the Pacific Northwest Economic Region – a US-Canada public private partnership including five NW states and 5 Western Canadian provinces and territories. He has served as chair of a transportation advisory committee to Commission for Environmental Cooperation chartered by NAFTA, the ITS/Environment committee of the West Coast Corridor Coalition, state executive board of the Washington Conservation Voters and executive board of the Can Am Border Trade Alliance based in New York.
In 2009, Seattle Magazine placed him in their “Power List” of community leaders for his leadership on a variety of transportation initiatives from the Deep Bore tunnel solution for the Alaska Way Viaduct to tolling and public private partnerships. He was also awarded in 2008 the “Smashed Brick” by the Canadian consul general for his work in reducing impediments to cross-border trade.
From 1987-93, Mr. Agnew was chief of staff for US Representative John Miller from Washington State’s First District. Before his congressional service, Bruce Agnew was elected to two terms on the Snohomish County Council and served as president of the Puget Sound Regional Council in 1985.
Mr. Agnew is a 1974 graduate of Stanford University and a 1977 graduate of U.C. Berkeley Law School (Boalt Hall) and resides in Beaux Arts Village in Washington State.
Andy Bennett, Principal, KPFF, is an MIT-trained naval architect with a passion for the “big picture” challenges faced by ferry system operators. His background includes more than 30 years of planning, design, and construction of waterfront facilities, vessels, and terminals. Building on his master’s degree in coastal zone management from the University of Washington, Andy has managed numerous waterfront planning and design projects, ranging from single vessel education/tour vessels to 15-vessel high-speed ferry systems. Andy’s recent experience includes the design of the world’s longest cable ferry system in British Columbia, a new multi-modal ferry terminal in Mukilteo, WA, and a number of ferry planning, operations, and maintenance studies on both the East and West Coasts. He is also the board president of Northwest Seaport, a maritime heritage and workforce development non-profit organization in Seattle.
Josh Brown is the executive director of the Puget Sound Regional Council (PSRC). PSRC works to support a thriving central Puget Sound region through planning for growth, transportation, and economic development. PSRC also provides more than $220 million annually to fund transportation projects and serves as a resource for regional data on transportation, the economy, population, and housing.
Central Puget Sound is growing faster than it has in decades. The region’s diverse communities are managing growth differently than in the past and seizing the opportunity to improve quality of life and economic prospects for their residents. Josh regularly meets with leaders from around the region to listen and learn about what the region can do to help communities plan for growth and get ready for the future.
Prior to becoming executive director, Josh was elected to two terms as Kitsap County commissioner. While commissioner, he was active in regional issues and served as PSRC president for two years.
Before serving as Kitsap County commissioner, he worked as a commercial real estate broker.
Josh attended the University of California, Berkeley, where he earned a degree focused on city and regional planning. Raised in the Puget Sound region, Josh is the son of a Puget Sound Naval Shipyard worker and graduated from North Kitsap High School in Poulsbo.
Katherine Casseday, PE, PTOE has 40 years of planning, design and operations experience in traffic and safety for all travel modes with an emphasis on mobility within the public right of way. Katherine uses her skills to develop solutions for travel problems – refining the balance among the many users competing for space and accommodation in the limited network. Katherine runs a consulting engineering practice which brings a key agency perspective to her traffic planning and design efforts. Katherine served Seattle DOT as both director of traffic management and as Seattle’s city traffic engineer, later as a member of the Seattle freight advisory board contributing traffic engineering to the issues and policies for freight in Seattle.
Katherine graduated from University of Washington (BS civil engineering, 1978) and is a professional engineer, licensed in Washington State (#22497).
Casseday Consulting provides transportation engineering and planning services in the form of traffic operations and safety analysis studies, traffic system design, transit priority treatments (planning and design), subarea plans with multi-modal transportation planning, traffic circulation, parking management, pedestrian and bicycle planning and consideration of construction traffic management.
Casseday Consulting is based in Kirkland, Washington and is licensed for business in Washington State (UBI 602-365-682-2, Federal Tax ID 26-4812101, DUNS #837618318). Casseday Consulting is certified as a Women’s Business Enterprise (WBE) for the State of Washington and as a Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) for the Federal program with certification number D2F0021042 and is certified by King County as a Small Contractor and Supplier (1729).
Stephanie is a Seattle native and an attorney with a long history of public service in her hometown and in New York City, where she lived from 2005-2015. She has a background in public law and regulation and has managed the communications and public relations programs for numerous high-profile elected officials and public institutions, including the city of Seattle mayor’s office, Pike Place Market, and the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York. She currently serves as director of community services and planning for Washington State Ferries (WSF), where she oversees WSF’s customer service, business management, and planning divisions. Stephanie is a graduate of the University of Washington and the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law.
Ralph Duncan is the BMT vice president for commercial marine business development and spearheads the identification of emerging trends in the commercial maritime space. A 40-year veteran of maritime experience, he has held many operational, management, engineering, consulting, planning, and business roles. His shipboard experience includes roles as chief engineer, salvage engineer, navigation and operations officer, dive officer, and shipyard repair officer.
As a VP of business development he draws on his vast experience to engage with owners, operators, and shipbuilders in the development of bespoke designs for commercial vessels, including ferries, sightseeing vessels, cargo vessels, patrol craft, and workboats. Mr. Duncan has consulted with shipyards for complex overhaul programs, helping to improve cost and schedule performance. As vice president of engineering for a consulting firm, he managed teams of naval architects and marine engineers preparing complex design packages for ferries and other vessels. He often became closely involved in the resolution of design challenges and project issues. Mr. Duncan led more than a dozen research programs investigating advanced concepts for high-speed marine transport, and multiple passenger ferry route and feasibility studies.
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 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.
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.
Carla Sawyer is the founder of Progressions. Prior to her return to consulting, Ms. Sawyer was the director of finance and administration for nine years at Washington State Ferries. Before her employment with the State she was a senior consultant with Deloitte performing a wide range of engagements in both the public and private sectors.
Carla has worked for public ferry services across the United States providing near term and long range financial planning, analysis and budgeting, fare policy analysis and collection design and support defining ferry governance and management structures and systems. She has strong project management skills and is effective working with staff, management, policy makers, stakeholders and the community. She was Kitsap Transit’s fast ferry business plan project manager and is currently working with Washington State Ferries on their long-range plan and Pierce Transit–Tacoma on their fast ferry feasibility study.
Carla is a graduate of the University of Washington with an MBA from the Foster School of Business.
Rocale Timmons is the senior vice president of planning and development for SECO Development, Inc. Rocale works with a team of professionals on construction, leasing, financing, marketing and development to conceptualize, underwrite, design and execute all real estate requirements for SECO’s pursuits. Rocale draws on more than 14 years of urban planning, commercial, mixed use, residential, and infrastructure project management/entitlement experience in public and private organizations.
Prior to joining SECO Development, Rocale was a senior planner for the city of Renton, facilitating legacy city projects, engaging a diverse set of stakeholders and negotiating very compelling, yet competing, interests associated with complex urban redevelopment projects.
Rocale holds a bachelor of arts degree in economics with a minor in urban planning and an executive master of arts in business administration from the University of Washington.
Edmund B. Welch has been legislative director for the Passenger Vessel Association (PVA) since 1997. PVA is the national trade association representing owners and operators of commercial US-flagged passenger vessels of all types, including ferries. Others for whom Ed currently provides or previously performed legislative services include the Union of Greek Shipowners; the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway Association; Dare County, NC; and other maritime and agricultural organizations.
From 1975 to 1994, Ed served on the staff of the US House of Representatives, including 12 years as staff director and chief counsel of the Committee on Merchant Marine and Fisheries. This committee had jurisdiction over shipping, the Coast Guard, the Panama Canal, numerous coastal and marine environmental laws, and offshore energy resources. Ed was extremely involved in the debates on and drafting of the Oil Pollution Act of 1990. He is a member of the North Carolina State Bar, a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and a former trustee for the North Carolina chapter of the Nature Conservancy