Two Portland Women Named Chairs for International Association

July 30, 2012

Release provided to KAI by WTS International

July 25, 2012 – (Washington, DC) Two women from Portland’s transportation field have been named as chairs of WTS International, the association for the professional advancement of women in transportation. Karen Schilling, Transportation and Land Use Planning Director for Multnomah County, will now serve as chair of the association’s board of directors, while Julia Kuhn, Principal Engineer at Kittelson & Associates, Inc., is leading the efforts of WTS International’s 501(c)(3) organization as chair of the WTS Foundation.

“Because we serve the entire country, as well as Canada, the UK, and soon other regions in Europe, WTS has never had both boards led by professionals from the same state. But both of our 2012 – 2014 board chairs have earned these positions with their passion for our mission over the years as well as within their roles in the industry. We’re honored to have them serve,” said Marcia Ferranto, President and CEO of WTS.

Karen Schilling has been in her role with Multnomah County for the past 15 years. She develops and implements transportation policy and funding strategies and manages the land use planning program for the rural portions of the County. Prior to working in Oregon, she worked for the Denver Regional Council of Governments in Colorado for 9 years.

Julia Kuhn has been at Kittelson & Associates, Inc., for the past 19 years and has been a shareholder and owner since 2007. She works with several large institutions, cities and state governments, helping to develop policy, impact mitigation plans, environmental impact statements, and long-range transportation plans.

WTS International, headquartered in Washington, DC, is an international organization dedicated to the advancement of women in the transportation industry. With more than 5,000 members, WTS is turning the glass ceiling into a career portal through its professional programs, networking opportunities, and unparalleled access to industry and government leaders. WTS Foundation has provided more than $1,000,000 in scholarships to deserving women throughout the transportation industry, supporting the next generation of transportation professionals and advancing the principles of WTS. WTS is committed to Advancing Women in Transportation through expanding existing scholarship opportunities to women pursuing transportation related degrees, providing and promoting more educational opportunities and career development to advance women in transportation, and initiating, sponsoring and publishing research related to advancing women in transportation. More information can be found at

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