Jenifer Palmer has had a hand in transportation planning for all major modes of travel: buses, bus rapid transit (BRT) systems, heavy rail systems, high speed rail, as well as roadway and bicycle and pedestrian studies. She’s led and implemented federally funded transportation projects and compliance with requirements under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). Her diverse experience working with transit agencies, metropolitan planning organizations (MPOs), state departments of transportation (DOTs) and the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) has provided her the ability to develop integrated and multi-modal solutions for both corridor-specific projects and larger policy level decision making processes. Jenifer understands the key role that public involvement plays in successful projects, and has led or supported all elements of public involvement planning—from the development of community outreach plans to planning meeting mitigation measures. She’s worked to bring complex transportation projects to completion year after year.
Which one of CDM Smith’s core values do you identify with most and why? Integrity. The value of what we add to our profession is centered around our commitment to providing highly competent work that keeps the larger picture of what we want the world around us to look like in mind. When we do this, we build authentic and meaningful relationships with our clients and build trust, confidence and respect throughout the industry.
What does “listen. think. deliver.” mean to you? These words are sign posts for the major skills required to provide excellent service to our clients. By listening critically to what our clients need, thinking about the ways we can meet those needs in new or creative ways, we can successfully deliver high quality and value.
What is the best part of your work day? I often begin my work day by reading for about 30 minutes – something inspirational, something funny or some article related to my field. It helps me direct my energy and perspective early in the day.
What’s your personal motto? Do it with passion or don’t do it at all.
The success we achieve is due to great teamwork, creative problem-solving and a dedication to excellence.
Jenifer holds a Master’s Degree in Public Administration and a Graduate Certificate in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Central Florida.