The Cambridge Systematics leadership team is focused on ensuring that the firm continues to earn our reputation as a leader in providing innovative, objective, high-quality, and pragmatic solutions to the transportation industry’s mobility, infrastructure, safety, and economic challenges. We are driven to exceed client expectations, attract and retain the best staff, and deliver the best results possible. Our leaders are expert practitioners as well as managers. You can find them doing what they love best, solving client problems, developing partner and client relationships, and using their expertise to contribute to industry organizations.
For more details about our senior leadership, please click on a name below:
Brad Wright is the President and CEO of Cambridge Systematics. He has more than 23 years of experience in the transportation industry and has worked extensively with transportation agencies at the Federal, state, and local levels; and private sector clients on a range of transportation and technology challenges. Before assuming his current role, Mr. Wright served as the manager of the Freight Transportation business line and Transportation Products and Services business unit, both of which evolved from a technology and consulting services business line he launched and managed to better serve state and Federal agencies charged with regulatory and safety oversight of the motor carrier industry. Mr. Wright has been an active speaker and participant in multiple organizations, including ITS America, the Transportation Research Board, and the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance. He served as the Chairman of the Massachusetts Chapter of National Transportation Week. Mr. Wright received a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management from Northeastern University.
Steven Capecci is the Chief Operating Officer. He is responsible for overseeing Cambridge Systematics’ domestic and international consulting business, growth-oriented initiatives, client relationships, and internal operations. He leads a team of professionals dedicated to providing value-added and innovative services and products. Mr. Capecci has more than 15 years of experience providing consulting services to public-sector transportation agencies at the Federal, state, local, and regional levels. A certified Project Management Professional, he is a nationally recognized expert in the use of advanced technologies to improve freight mobility and safety. Mr. Capecci serves as the firm’s Program Manager for numerous key contracts, including those that support the Federal Highway Administration’s Office of Freight Mobility and Operations and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. He provides senior quality assurance oversight, manages staff resources, and monitors client satisfaction. He received a Master’s degree in International Relations from the University of Southern California and a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts.
Candace Tobin is the Chief Financial Officer. She is responsible for all financial and treasury functions at Cambridge Systematics and ensures maintenance of appropriate internal control systems to protect the assets of the company. She oversees compliance with Federal, state, and local government costing and reporting requirements; monitors internal control systems; and manages monthly financial reporting. Ms. Tobin previously served as Chief Financial Officer/Vice President Finance at The Herzog-Hart Group, Inc., and Manager at Deloitte & Touche. She received a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Syracuse University and attended the Executive Programs at the J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University. Ms. Tobin is a Certified Public Accountant in Massachusetts and North Carolina.
Vassili Alexiadis is an Executive Vice President and Manager of the firm’s Transportation Operations business line. With more than 20 years of experience in transportation analysis, planning, and evaluation, Dr. Alexiadis has directed a number of innovative, signature projects for Federal, state, and local clients, including analysis, modeling, and simulation for the U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Integrated Corridor Management Program; the development of Corridor System Management Plans for the California DOT; the development of the Financial Plan for California’s Transportation Management Systems; the evaluation of the Twin Cities’ ramp metering system; and the traffic analysis effort for the East Boston/Logan Airport area of the Central Artery/Tunnel project in Boston. He was Principal Investigator in the Next Generation Simulation program; directed the development of the Intelligent Transportation Systems Deployment Analysis System; developed the Federal Highway Administration’s decision support methodology for selecting traffic analysis tools; and developed national guidelines for applying traffic simulation tools. Dr. Alexiadis received a Ph.D. in Transportation from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, a Master’s degree in Transportation Engineering from the State University of New York at Buffalo, and a Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from the Aristotelian University at Thessaloniki, Greece.
James Brogan, Executive Vice President of CS, has more than 17 years of experience in statewide and metropolitan freight planning and operations, and has helped state Departments of Transportation, Metropolitan Planning Organizations, ports, railroads, and regional coalitions across the country more effectively identify and address freight issues within their planning, operations, and investment activities. A certified Project Management Professional, he has led or supported long range freight and strategic plans in more than 10 states, including Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, California, Kansas, Maine, Florida, and Oregon; and has supported the freight planning activities of the country’s largest multistate coalitions, including the I95 Corridor Coalition, the West Coast Corridor Coalition, and the Gulf of Mexico States Partnership. Prior to joining Cambridge Systematics, Mr. Brogan was a commissioned officer in the U.S. Coast Guard, serving on both afloat and shore units. He received a Master’s degree in Civil Engineering (Transportation Systems and Management) from the University of Virginia and a Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy.
Steve Pickrell is an Executive Vice President and manager of the firm’s Transportation Planning and Management business line. With more than 30 years of experience in transportation policy, planning, and engineering, Mr. Pickrell has played project management and technical roles on a wide variety of assignments for both public- and private-sector clients. Mr. Pickrell has helped numerous state departments of transportation and regional planning agencies develop and implement performance-based planning and programming processes. He was Principal Investigator for National Cooperative Highway Research Program Project 8-32(2), which established many of the attributes of performance-based transportation planning methodology. He has supported several state and regional agencies in development and evaluation of multimodal transportation policies addressing specific areas of need, including greenhouse gas emissions, safety, and funding. Mr. Pickrell received a Master’s degree in City and Regional Planning from the University of California at Berkeley, and a Bachelor’s degree in Urban Planning from Stanford University.
Kimon Proussaloglou is an Executive Vice President. He manages the firm’s Travel Demand Forecasting business line. Dr. Proussaloglou specializes in market research, statistical analysis and modeling, and survey design. With more than 20 years of experience working with state departments of transportation, regional planning agencies, public transportation agencies, and private sector transportation companies, he has managed numerous studies in transportation planning, market research, and travel demand modeling and forecasting. Dr. Proussaloglou’s recent project experience includes managing the 2010 Travel Behavior Inventory, a major data collection and modeling study for the St. Paul/Minneapolis area; leading a congestion pricing study for commercial vehicle movements in Southern California; and evaluating the use of cell phone data in travel demand modeling. Dr. Proussaloglou received both a Doctorate and Master’s degree in Civil Engineering from Northwestern University, and a Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from the Aristotelian University, Greece.
Eric Ziering is an Executive Vice President and the Director of the Software business line, responsible for software and product strategy. Mr. Ziering has spent 30 years leading the development of massively scalable Internet services, enterprise systems, geographic information systems, and mobile and desktop application products serving the transportation and information publishing industries. His background spans many aspects of transportation, including real-time systems, planning, traffic records, permitting, performance measurement and assessment, travel demand, and operations data management. Prior to joining Cambridge Systematics, Mr. Ziering served as founder and Chief Executive Officer of Fact City, Inc. He was a founder of Caliper Corporation, and the creator of TransCAD, the leading transportation planning software product in North America. Mr. Ziering received both a Master’s and Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Cambridge Systematics also has an illustrious board of directors whose leadership, innovation, and dedication help guide the firm toward our goal of improving the quality of transportation services now and for future generations.
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Moshe Ben-Akiva is the Edmund K. Turner Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and Director of the MIT Intelligent Transportation Systems Lab. He received a Doctorate degree in Transportation Systems from MIT and honorary degrees from the University of the Aegean, the Université Lumiére Lyon, the Royal Institute of Technology, and the University of Antwerp. His awards include the Lifetime Achievement Award of the International Association for Travel Behavior Research, and the Jules Dupuit prize from the World Conference on Transport Research Society. His research areas include demand and network modeling, market research, and econometrics. He has developed many of the discrete choice and demand modeling techniques that are being widely applied in a variety of disciplines and industries. Dr. Ben-Akiva also has been involved in numerous studies of transportation systems and has developed a number of operational model systems. Two MIT traffic simulators have been developed under his supervision: MITSIMLab, a microscopic simulator; and DynaMIT, a mesoscopic simulator – which includes associated algorithms for dynamic traffic assignment, traffic predictions, and travel information and guidance. He is a Principal Investigator in the Future Urban Mobility program of the MIT SMART Centre in Singapore. Dr. Ben-Akiva has coauthored two books, including the textbook Discrete Choice Analysis, published by MIT Press, and over 200 papers in refereed journals or conference proceedings. He also recently coedited the Freight Transport Modeling book, published by Emerald Publishing Group Ltd. He has been a member of over three dozen various scientific committees, advisory boards, and editorial boards. He has worked as a consultant in industries such as transportation, energy, telecommunications, financial services, and marketing for a number of private and public organizations, including Hague Consulting Group, RAND Europe, ChoiceStream, and Cambridge Systematics, where he is a Senior Principal and a member of the Board of Directors.
David Fereirra has more than 30 years of corporate and consulting experience across a wide range of industries, companies, and business cycles. He has held senior positions at GE, KPMG, and Beneficial; founded Back Bay Consulting; and most recently was Chief Administrative Officer for Abt Associates. His primary focus has been helping companies grow and improve their performance through roles in business strategy and planning, organizational assessment, and talent management. Earlier in his career David was a Prosecutor for the Massachusetts Attorney General and a Public Defender for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. He currently serves as a member of the Board of Social Venture Partners and is a past board member of the Harvard Medical School Bio-Medical Science Career Program, the American Financial Services Association, and the Somerville New Jersey Home for Temporarily Displaced Children. David received a Master’s of Business Administration from the University of Michigan, a Master’s in Law from the University of Amsterdam, a Juris Doctorate from New England Law, and a Bachelor’s degree from Georgetown University.
Emil Frankel is a Visiting Scholar at the Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC) in Washington, D.C.; a Senior Fellow at Eno Center for Transportation; and an independent consultant on transportation policy and public management issues. Previously, he served as BPC’s Director of Transportation Policy. Mr. Frankel also has served as a Principal Consultant of Parsons Brinckerhoff, Assistant Secretary for Transportation Policy of the U.S. Department of Transportation, and Counsel to Day, Berry & Howard (now, Day Pitney) in the law firm’s Stamford, Connecticut office. Concurrent with his tenure at Day, Berry & Howard, and again in 2008 and 2009, he also was a Management Fellow at Yale University’s School of Management and a Senior Fellow at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, engaged in teaching and research on issues of transportation, energy, and environmental policy and public management. In prior years, Mr. Frankel has held the roles of Joint Fellow at the Center for Business and Government and the Taubman Center for State and Local Government at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, Commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Transportation, Senior Executive of The Palmieri Company, Special Assistant to the Under Secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, and Legislative Assistant to U.S. Senator Jacob K. Javits of New York. He currently serves on Regional Plan Association’s Connecticut Committee and is a Trustee Emeritus at Wesleyan University. Mr. Frankel received a Bachelor of Laws from Harvard Law School, was a Fulbright Scholar at Manchester University in the United Kingdom, and received a Bachelor’s degree from Wesleyan University.
Rob Kasameyer is the President of Green Status Pro, the leading cloud-based provider of compliance management solutions. He focuses on strategy and finance for technology-based companies and has led companies through restructuring and growth in process instrumentation, advanced automotive parts, electronic enclosures, aerospace parts, and water supply. Mr. Kasameyer has consulted for numerous companies and teaches for the World Bank Institute and Hult International Business School on corporate restructuring and strategy. He has conducted assignments on behalf of clients in strategy and finance, business development, strategic partnering, corporate restructuring, and corporate and venture finance. Mr. Kasameyer began his career at the Transportation Systems Center, and has served as Director of Cambridge Viscosity, Inc., was a member of the Industrial Advisory Board for Tufts University, and served as an elected official in his town. Mr. Kasameyer received a Master’s of Business Administration from Harvard Business School and a Bachelor’s degree from Tufts University.
Lance Neumann, Chairman of the Board, was the President of Cambridge Systematics from 1985 until 2011. He has more than 40 years of experience in transportation policy, planning, investment programming, and finance. He has worked for a broad range of Federal, state, regional, and local agencies, as well as private and international clients. Dr. Neumann started the firms management systems practice and has worked with many agencies, both domestically and internationally, developing practical approaches to measure and improve performance, evaluate projects and programs, and improve resource allocation decisions. Dr. Neumann has been involved in major program evaluation projects for the Federal Highway Administration, the Federal Transit Administration, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and the U.S. Department of Energy. He is past chairman and an emeritus member of both the Transportation Research Board’s Committee on Performance Management and the Committee on Planning, Programming, and System Evaluation. He has published numerous articles and lectured on topics related to resource allocation decision-making, asset management, and performance management. Dr. Neumann received a Doctorate and Master’s degree in civil engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a Bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Brown University.
Kathy Stein is a transportation planner with four decades of experience in the public and private sectors. Now a freelance consultant, she is cofounder and former owner of Howard/Stein-Hudson Associates, a transportation planning and traffic engineering firm. Prior to starting the firm, she served as Director of Transportation for the New York City Department of City Planning and Director of Field Staff for the metropolitan Boston region’s Central Transportation Planning Staff. Ms. Stein is a nationally recognized authority on public involvement and strategic planning in transportation. She has served on many Transportation Research Board committees and Cooperative Research Program panels, including chairing the Public Involvement, Strategic Management, and Management and Productivity Committees and the Division A Council, which oversees all the Board’s committees. Ms. Stein was appointed a lifetime Associate of the National Academy of Sciences in recognition of her contributions to the field. For the Board on Earth Sciences and Resources on the National Research Council, she chaired a panel on data needs for place-based decision-making which led to the book Community and Quality of Life: Data Needs for Informed Decision-Making, published by the National Academy Press in 2002. She also served on the board of the Institute for Civil Infrastructure Systems at New York University. Ms. Stein was elected Woman of the Year by the Boston Chapter and the national organization of Women’s Transportation Seminar (WTS) in 2003. Ms. Stein received a Master’s degree in regional planning from the University of North Carolina and a Bachelor’s degree from Mount Holyoke College.
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In addition to our leaders listed above, below are the Principals of our firm. Our Principals have earned a strong reputation as industry experts and business partners to their clients. Cambridge Systematics promotions to Principal are made on an annual basis in recognition of contribution to the firm, excellence, and innovation, as well as exceptional client services.