Transportation Research Board’s Former Executive Joins Cambridge Systematics Board of Directors

Robert Skinner

June 23, 2017 (MEDFORD, MA) – The shareholders of Cambridge Systematics elected Bob Skinner to the firm’s Board of Directors on Wednesday, June 21. Skinner’s election expands the Board to seven members, including five external directors.  Lance Neumann, CS’ former President, serves as Chairman of the Board.

Skinner retired as Executive Director of the Transportation Research Board (TRB) of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine in 2015, having served in this role since 1994. Prior to becoming Executive Director, Skinner led TRB’s policy study activities. TRB is a non-profit organization that promotes transportation innovation and serves as an independent advisor to the federal government and others on scientific and technical questions of national importance.

“Bob is an accomplished leader and we are excited to leverage his knowledge as we continue broadening Cambridge Systematics’ role as client-responsive thought leaders in transportation,” said Brad Wright, CS President and CEO. “He will add great value to our Board of Directors, drawing upon his years of experience in the transportation, academic and consulting sectors and his service in an advisory capacity to other public and private organizations.”

Before his career at TRB, Skinner served as Vice President of Alan M. Voorhees and Associates, a transportation consulting firm. In a volunteer capacity, Skinner sat on the Metrolink (Los Angeles) Commuter Rail Safety Review Panel and chaired the Special Advisory Panel for the Stem-to-Stern Safety Review of the Boston Central Artery/Tunnel Project.  In addition, he has served on a number of university and other research advisory groups. 

Skinner earned his master degree in civil engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and has been awarded numerous honors including the Director’s Research Champion Award from the Texas Transportation Institute (2011), the James Laurie Prize from the American Society of Civil Engineers (2003), and the P.D. McLean Memorial Award from the Road Gang (2001). He was the 2015 recipient of the Frank Turner Medal for Lifetime Achievement in Transportation and the 2016 recipient of the George S. Bartlett Award.

Cambridge Systematics Board of Directors

In addition to electing Skinner, the shareholders re-elected Kathy Stein, co-founder and former owner of Howard/Stein-Hudson Associates, to serve a three-year term on CS’ Board of Directors.

Along with Skinner, Neumann, Wright and Stein, CS’ current directors include: Robert Kasameyer, consulting professional for technology-based companies; Emil Frankel, Senior Fellow at Eno Center for Transportation; and David Ferreira, former Chief Administrative Officer at Abt Associates.

Click here to learn more about Skinner and the other members of CS’ Board of Directors.