Two Cambridge Systematics NYC Staff Rise to Leadership Roles

After marking a decade of success last fall at its 10th anniversary event, Cambridge Systematics’ (CS) New York City office staff now celebrates new leadership for its second decade.  Chris Lamm, Senior Associate, has been appointed as the Office Director.  In this role, Chris assumes responsibility for managing the operations of the NYC office, including the operations budget, administrative staff, and promoting employee welfare. Senior Associate Chris Titze steps into the role of Regional Business Development Coordinator.  The office’s prior, longstanding leadership team—former Office Director Jennifer Strasser, and former Regional Business Development Coordinator Brian ten Siethoff, both Principals of the firm—are  focusing on new opportunities to grow the firm, while remaining in the NYC office and serving their local clients.  

“I congratulate Chris, Chris, Jenn and Brian on their new assignments and thank them for their many contributions to Cambridge Systematics,” said Steve Capecci, COO.  “I know that in their expanded roles, Chris and Chris will build upon the excellent leadership precedent that Jenn and Brian have set, which will serve them well as they go on to help shape the firm in new ways.”

Chris Lamm has over a decade of experience in freight and intermodal planning, and leads CS’ Freight Transportation Planning practice in the New York/New Jersey region.  In his nearly nine years at CS, he has made significant contributions not only to the New York office’s success, but also to the firm as a whole.  Chris has consistently played a strong role in winning work and establishing strong relationships with his clients in New York and New Jersey.  His commitment to mentorship has made him a particularly valuable asset to the freight staff he manages and coaches in the New York office and the firm’s other locations around the country.

Chris Titze brings more than 13 years of experience in transportation planning to his new role as Regional Business Development Coordinator for New York and New Jersey.  He has assisted communities and government agencies of varying sizes in developing practical and data-driven solutions that reinforce community visions and encourage better transportation system performance and sustainable growth.  Chris has a strong track record in business development, in part due to the great rapport he has established with New York and New Jersey regional clients. 

Jenn Strasser, who has served as NYC Office Director for the past eight years, will concentrate her energy on her role as Operations Manager for the firm’s growing Software Business Line.  Jenn has more than 20 years of experience, and she leverages her expertise in transportation operations and project management.

Brian ten Siethoff, who has more than 15 years of experience in transportation planning, is transitioning from regional business development to strategizing CS’ Performance and Asset Management practice nationally.  In this effort, he is working with Anita Vandervalk-Ostrander, Principal, as well as other senior staff in CS’ firmwide initiative to harness transportation data to help transportation agencies make evidence-based decisions about how to plan and fund projects.  Brian also continues to oversee the professional development of staff in the New York City and Cambridge offices as the Northeast Regional Manager for CS’ Transportation Planning and Management business line.

These four individuals will continue to strengthen the firm and provide value to our clients in their new roles.