The Cambridge Systematics leadership team focuses 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 field's top talent, and deliver the best results possible. Our leaders are expert practitioners as well as managers. You can find them doing what they love most: solving client problems, developing partner and client relationships, and sharing their expertise with industry organizations.
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 public agencies and private sector clients on a range of transportation and technology challenges. Before assuming his current role, Mr. Wright helped launch and then managed the firm's Commercial Vehicle Operations, which evolved from his work to better serve agencies charged with regulatory and safety oversight of the motor carrier industry. Mr. Wright also managed the firm’s Transportation Products and Services business line, which provided information technology solutions, and its Freight Transportation business line. He 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 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 of Cambridge Systematics, overseeing the firm's domestic and international consulting businesses, growth-oriented initiatives, client relationships and internal operations. He directs a team of diversely skilled professionals in a shared mission to deliver innovative, objective, industry-leading work. Mr. Capecci has more than 15 years of consulting experience with public-sector transportation agencies at the Federal, state, local and regional levels. A certified Project Management Professional, he is a national expert in the application of technologies to improve freight mobility and safety. He serves as the firm's Program Manager for key contracts including those supporting the Federal Highway Administration’s Office of Freight Mobility and Operations and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. He provides quality assurance oversight, manages staff resources, and monitors and assures client satisfaction. Mr. Capecci 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.
Karen D. Nocito, CPA, serves as Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of Cambridge Systematics. Ms. Nocito serves as a key member of the Executive Leadership Team of Cambridge Systematics. She devises and implements growth and profitability strategies, helps to further strengthen the firm’s internal accounting controls and processes, and identifies cost reduction strategies. She has more than 25 years of experience in accounting, including strategic planning and implementation; team leadership; stakeholder relations; government contracting; audits; forecasting and budgeting; compliance; business process improvement; and policies and procedures. Before her appointment as CFO in 2016, Ms. Nocito served for 19 years as CS’ Controller; in that capacity she led a comprehensive re-engineering of the CS Accounting department that elevated the Accounting team’s role as a partner to the firm’s business lines while optimally organizing it around the functional needs of the firm and its clients. Prior to joining Cambridge Systematics in 1997, Ms. Nocito held positions of increasing breadth and responsibility in the professional services and manufacturing sectors. She earned a bachelor of science in accounting from Fitchburg State College and is a Certified Public Accountant.
Vassili Alexiadis is an Executive Vice President and manager of the firm’s Transportation Operations business line. With more than 20 years of leadership in transportation analysis, planning and evaluation, his signature projects include corridor systems management planning for the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) and California DOT; evaluation of the Twin Cities’ ramp metering system; and traffic analysis for key areas of Boston's Central Artery/Tunnel project—all managed with an emphasis on technically advanced planning, clear performance objectives and sound decision making. For the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), Dr. Alexiadis served as Principal Investigator in the Next Generation Simulation program, leading a team in developing a core of open behavioral algorithms, in support of microscopic traffic simulation, with supporting documentation and validation data sets. He led development of the Intelligent Transportation Systems Deployment Analysis System, decision support methodologies for the FHWA, and national guidelines for traffic analysis tools application. He 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.
Jim Brogan is an Executive Vice President of the firm and leads CS’ integrated planning and implementation business line that encompasses four national practice areas: Planning and Policy; Freight and Economics; Safety; and Transit and Rail. Mr. Brogan has nearly 20 years of experience in multimodal planning, operations, strategic planning, transit planning, and investment support at the national, state, and local levels. He has led or supported long range transportation and strategic plans for more than 10 states and the country’s largest multistate coalitions, including the I-95 Corridor Coalition, the West Coast Corridor Coalition, and the Gulf of Mexico States Partnership. He has led groundbreaking national freight research activities for the National Highway Cooperative and National Freight Cooperative Research Programs (NCHRP and NCFRP), including Guidebook to Integrate Freight within the Transportation Planning and Programming Process (NCHRP Report 594) and Guidebook and Tools to Estimate the Economic Benefits of Specific Freight Network Investments (NCFRP Report 12). Mr. Brogan currently oversees a $5M effort providing general planning consultant services to VIA Metropolitan Transit, one of the largest transit agencies in Texas, as well as a first-of-its-kind statewide Vehicle Inventory and Use Survey (VIUS) for the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans). Prior to joining Cambridge Systematics, Mr. Brogan was a commissioned officer in the U.S. Coast Guard. He received a master degree in Civil Engineering (Transportation Systems and Management) from the University of Virginia and a bachelor degree in Civil Engineering from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy.
Kimon Proussaloglou is an Executive Vice President and manages the firm’s Travel Demand Forecasting business line. He 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, Dr. Proussaloglou has led groundbreaking studies in transportation planning, market research, and travel demand modeling and forecasting. His project experience encompasses all aspects of forecasting and 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 manager of the Software business line, directing the firm's mobile and web application 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 expertise spans aspects of transportation from real-time systems, planning, traffic records, and permitting, to 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.
Board of Directors
The members of Cambridge Systematics’ board of directors apply their extraordinary capacity in leadership, innovation and dedication to help guide the firm toward our goal of improving the quality of transportation services today and for future generations.
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 firm’s management systems practice and has worked with many agencies, both domestic and international, developing practical approaches to measure and improve performance, evaluate projects and programs, and improve resource allocation decisions. He 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 Transportation Programming and Investment Decision-making. He has authored articles and delivered lectures on topics spanning resource allocation decision-making, asset management and performance management. Dr. Neumann received Doctorate and Master’s degrees in civil engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a Bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Brown University.
David Ferreira 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 served as Chief Administrative Officer for Abt Associates. His primary focus has been helping companies grow and improve performance through roles in business strategy and planning, organizational assessment and talent management. Earlier in his career Mr. Ferreira worked as 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. Mr. Ferreira 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 H. Frankel is a Senior Fellow at Eno Center for Transportation and an independent consultant on transportation policy and public management issues. Previously, he served, as a Visiting Scholar and Director of Transportation Policy at the Bipartisan Policy Center, a Washington, DC-based policy think tank; a Principal Consultant of Parsons Brinckerhoff; Assistant Secretary for Transportation Policy of the U.S. Department of Transportation; Counsel to Day, Berry & Howard (now Day Pitney); and Distinguished Professor of Practice at The George Washington University’s Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Public Administration. He 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 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 the board of directors of the Regional Plan Association of New York and the board of advisors of the Institute of Transportation Studies of the University of California, Los Angeles, 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, and received a Bachelor’s degree from Wesleyan University.
Rob Kasameyer brings a significant strategic perspective to Cambridge Systematics, based on his experience operating, counselling and directing companies. As CEO of a cloud-based provider of compliance management solutions, he has created value for industrial companies in process instrumentation, auto parts, electronic enclosures, aerospace parts and compliance. As a Consultant, he has provided strategic and financial counsel to numerous clients including the World Bank. Mr. Kasameyer has participated in a number of corporate and non-profit boards. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for Cambridge Systematics as the Compensation Committee Chair and for the Harvard Business School Association of Boston. Mr. Kasameyer earned a Master of Business Administration from Harvard Business School and a bachelor degree from Tufts University.
Kathy Stein is a transportation planner with four decades of experience in the public and private sectors. Now an independent consultant, she is cofounder and former owner of the transportation planning and traffic engineering firm Howard/Stein-Hudson Associates. In prior years, 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. A leading authority on public involvement and strategic planning in transportation, she has served on Transportation Research Board committees and Cooperative Research Program panels, chairing the Public Involvement, Strategic Management, and Management and Productivity Committees and the Division A Council. 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 and was elected Woman of the Year by the Boston Chapter and the national organization of Women’s Transportation Seminar. She received a Master’s degree in regional planning from the University of North Carolina and a Bachelor’s degree from Mount Holyoke College.
Robert Skinner served as the Executive Director of the Transportation Research Board (TRB) of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine from 1994 to 2015. Prior to becoming Executive Director, Skinner directed TRB’s policy study activities. Before joining TRB, Mr. Skinner was a Vice President of Alan M. Voorhees and Associates, a transportation consulting firm.
In a volunteer capacity, Skinner served 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. Current assignments include the advisory boards for the MIT-Portugal Project; the University Transportation Center, a joint research center of Carnegie Mellon University and University of Pennsylvania; UCLA Institute of Transportation Studies; the Voorhees Transportation Center at Rutgers; and NCE, a Nevada-based engineering firm.
Skinner earned his bachelor degree in civil engineering from the University of Virginia and received a master degree in civil engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. A registered professional engineer, Skinner has received 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.