Jannet Walker-Ford is a nationally recognized transportation industry executive with more than two decades of public and private sector experience. As Senior Vice President & Principal Director at WSP USA, she leads WSP’s national transit and rail business and is responsible for growth and innovation, and technical project excellence in the transit, rail, mobility, freight, and intercity rail markets. Walker-Ford has held executive leadership roles at a number of private international companies, and served as the Deputy General Manager/Deputy CEO and CIO at the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority.
Walker-Ford is a distinguished and tireless advocate for equity in transportation and the power of public transit to transform communities. She serves on multiple boards: Chair of WTS International; and member of the American Public Transportation Association (APTA) Executive Committee, the ENO Center for Transportation, and the Jacksonville University Board of Trustees. Awards include the 2022 APTA Business Member of the Year; 2021 WTS Northeast Florida Woman of the Year; 2019 Women of Color STEM Technology All-Star Award; 2019 Transportation Diversity Council/Massachusetts Institute of Technology Award for Services to the Transportation Industry; and a 2019 Conference of Minority Transportation Officials’ Women Who Move the Nation honoree.
Walker-Ford holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Management Information Systems from the University of Memphis and a Master of Science Degree in Business from the University of Central Michigan, and has completed significant coursework towards a PhD in Information Systems from Nova Southeastern University.