Camille Tsao, AICP
Camille Tsao has worked as a project manager and transportation planner on a variety of projects and programs throughout her career. Her experience includes working with transportation agencies and municipalities to develop improvement strategies for transit and traffic circulation, transit station access, and transit and shuttle services. Camille also has expertise in conducting feasibility studies for proposed rail improvements and stations, and alternatives analyses for evaluating services and capital improvements. One of her proudest professional moments was helping Caltrain obtain a waiver from the Federal Rail Administration in 2009 to operate modern commuter trains—something that had yet to be done in the rail industry. Since joining CDM Smith, Camille has successfully managed projects including a station access study for Sound Transit, which is helping the agency capture more commuter rail riders in the Seattle area.
What is your favorite part of your job? Working with people (co-workers and clients) who are hard-working and passionate about urban mobility, but also like to have fun!
How might clients describe you? A client once told me, “You are not a consultant.” He believed that I always had his and his agency’s best interests in mind above anything else, and he never felt like I was selling him services he didn’t want or need. When asked for advice, I don’t tell clients what I think they want to hear. I’ll recommend what I think will help them be successful.
What inspires you? My daughter. When I think about serving as an example for her and her generation, I have the energy to work harder or do things I might otherwise be hesitant or afraid to do.
What are your non-work passions? Yoga, dance, travel and home improvement projects.
Camille wanted to be an architect since age 8. Growing up in Los Angeles and living there car-free as an adult, she realized that lack of access to high-quality transportation can limit one's opportunities. This realization and the desire to improve peoples' lives led her to a career in public transit and urban mobility.