If you're searching for a caring, dedicated transportation planner who can get the job done, look no further than Jenny Humphreys. Jenny is an accomplished transportation planner with experience ranging from geospatial analysis, travel demand modeling, freight mobility planning and designing effective public engagement strategies for infrastructure improvements. Based in South Carolina, Jenny is a senior planner and client service leader who directs CDM Smith’s traffic engineering, environmental and multimodal planning teams to deliver integrated mobility solutions for clients like the South Carolina Department of Transportation.
Jenny has put her clients’ needs and expectations above all else for more than two decades, knowing how essential mobility is to cultivating a strong community, economic stability and access to jobs, health care and recreation. "From the outside looking in, roadways and other transportation corridors look alike,” she says. “When we dig in, though, each client has a unique set of values to consider when developing plans and prioritizing improvements."
Knowing no two clients are alike and each has unique infrastructure goals and challenges, Jenny recognizes that the first phase of all projects is listening, which is what makes her such an excellent transportation planner and team member.
Why CDM Smith? Throughout my 20 years as a professional, I have always had the opportunity to learn and lead in various areas of our industry, while having the flexibility to have the family life I enjoy. I love the pride we have at CDM Smith and the high integrity we bring to our technical analysis and engineering. We’ve always been pioneers in planning and analysis of infrastructure across all modes of transportation, and I am proud of the comprehensive view we bring when designing solutions for our clients.
What inspires you? I’m inspired every day by the emotional involvement people bring to the discussion and debate about mobility. Passions often run high when planning for sustainable and affordable transportation. I take this energy and use it to find creative solutions that balance the demands for mobility with the constraints of environmental impacts and limitations of transportation infrastructure funding.
What is the best part of your work day? Mentoring. I’ve been so fortunate to learn from planners and other engineering professionals over the years, and now have the pleasure of being the mentor. As a female in a male dominated industry, I seek opportunities to have both formal and informal mentoring relationships with other ladies in the industry. I get a real charge out of explaining the “why” and “how” of transportation
I aim for economically sound designs that improve mobility and respect the environment and character of each community we serve.
Outside her professional life, Jenny is passionate about fiber arts. She knits daily and loves learning about the mathematical nature and cultural history of fiber arts.