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Transportation Planning Staff

The Volpe Center's Transportation Planning Team is composed of planners, engineers, and analysts. Our work provides expertise to planning evaluation and oversight, systems planning, performance measurement, project planning and programmatic support, and communications best practices. Click links to read selected staff biographies.

Eric Plosky, Chief of Transportation Planning

Portrait of Eric Plosky

Master in City Planning, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
SB Planning, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Eric J. Plosky is the Volpe Center’s chief of transportation planning. Plosky leads a team of more than 25 planners, working on some of DOT’s highest-priority efforts, and supporting public-lands agencies, DOT offices, and other organizations on many different kinds of transportation-planning initiatives: data analysis, systems, and visualization; policy, program, and project development, management, oversight, and evaluation; infrastructure and service planning; and public communications and outreach. Since starting at the Volpe Center in 1999, Plosky has carried out several detail assignments, beginning with a four-month assignment to the headquarters of the National Park Service, in Washington, DC. In Baton Rouge, Louisiana, he served for five months after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita as a disaster-recovery coordinator for DOT, working collaboratively with the Federal Emergency Management Agency and other agencies both to develop national policies and programs and to conduct location-specific recovery operations. He has deployed on several subsequent disasters, and presented at the U.S./China Transportation Forum in Xi’an, Shaanxi. Plosky completed undergraduate and master’s degrees in planning at MIT, and often serves as a speaker and panelist at MIT events. He has visited all 50 states.

David Daddio, Community Planner

Portrait of David Daddio

Master of City and Regional Planning, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science and Policy, University of Maryland

David Daddio is a planner and policy analyst with a background in transportation and land use planning, federal land management policy, and stakeholder engagement. He oversees the Center's support of the National Park Service's Washington Support Office and National Capital Region. This work draws on a technical team of 20 planners, analysts, and engineers; focusing on planning and executing the agency’s major infrastructure priorities; improving safety on high-crash roadways; developing and deploying innovative technology at major visitor destinations, and improving systems and processes to support performance-based investment decisions. Previously, Daddio worked at a national non-profit land conservation organization. View David Daddio’s LinkedIn profile and reports.

Rachel Galton, Community Planner

Portrait of Rachel Galton

Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and Policy, Rice University

Rachel Galton is a community planner focusing on multimodal transportation, transportation equity, and asset management. She supports the Volpe Center’s performance management work with the Federal Transit and Federal Highway Administrations. She also supports the Federal Highway Administration Office of Human Environment, Office of the Secretary of Transportation, and National Park Service Washington Support Office, for which she has developed resources on bike/pedestrian planning and innovative finance options for national parks. She also co-chairs the Transportation Equity Community of Practice, which supports employees in incorporating and centering equity considerations in business practices. View Rachel Galton’s LinkedIn profile.

Moira DeFabrizio, Program Support Specialist

Bachelor of Science in General Studies, Indiana University Bloomington

Moira DeFabrizio joined the U.S. DOT Volpe Center's Environmental Science and Engineering Division in 2015. During her 5 years with the division, she provided general clerical support and assisted with scheduling meetings and travel, and facilitating contractual agreements between the Volpe Center and federal sponsors. In 2020, she moved to the Transportation Planning Division to support project-based work for sponsors and project managers. DeFabrizio has extensive experience in private industry, including her previous employment as a receptionist at the Offices of the United States Attorneys and as an office manager at a local law firm.

Amalia Holub, Technology Policy Analyst

Portrait of Amalia Holub

Master of City Planning, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from Barnard College, Columbia University

Amalia Holub is a policy analyst and planner focusing on active transportation, transit, safety, and performance management. She oversees the Volpe Center’s work with the National Park Service Southeast Region and supports the portfolio management of the NPS Washington Support Office and the Federal Highway Administration Office of Human Environment. Since joining the Volpe Center in 2015, Holub has also supported work with the U.S. DOT Office of the Secretary, the FHWA Office of Performance Management, and the Federal Railroad Administration. Prior to joining the Volpe Center, Holub’s career included work in state government, an international non-profit in Argentina, and the private sector. View her LinkedIn profile.

Katie Lamoureux, Community Planner

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Master of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning, Tufts University
Bachelor of Science in Marine and Freshwater Biology, University of New Hampshire

Katie Lamoureux is a community planner with more than 13 years of experience working with federal, state, and local agencies to help find context-sensitive solutions to transportation and land use planning challenges. She currently manages the division's portfolio with the Bureau of Land Management and FHWA Office of Federal Lands Highway Central Division, and is providing on-site technical assistance to the NPS Northeast Region Alternative Transportation Program. She also supports work for the U.S. Forest Service, FHWA Office of Planning, FHWA Office of Transportation Performance Management, FTA, and others. Her work has focused on performance-based planning and programming, long-range planning, resiliency planning, and alternative transportation planning and programming. Lamoureux is an experienced facilitator and brings more than 10 years of experience as a watershed planner and scientist prior to coming to the Volpe Center. View Katie Lamoureux’s LinkedIn profile.




Kevin McCoy, Community Planner

Portrait of Kevin McCoy.

Master of Urban and Regional Planning, University of Michigan, Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning
Bachelor of Music Education, University of Michigan, School of Music, Theatre & Dance

Kevin McCoy has assisted federal, state, and local agencies with transportation planning projects since joining the Volpe Center in 2011. He works on planning, research, and oversight projects in support of the Federal Highway Administration, Federal Transit Administration, National Park Service, and Fish and Wildlife Service. He has also assisted regional and local governments with planning projects, particularly those which involve public lands. His work covers a diverse range of planning topics including long-range planning, shared mobility and emerging technologies, ridesharing, transportation demand management, public lands transportation, performance-based planning and programming, climate resilience, and regional cooperation. McCoy’s work on the National Park Service’s National Long Range Transportation Plan has been recognized for excellence and teamwork by the National Park Service and the American Planning Association.

Alexandra McNally, Community Planner

Portrait of Alexandra McNally

Master of Urban and Planning and Policy, University of Illinois at Chicago
Bachelor of Geography, The Pennsylvania State University

Alexandra McNally is a transportation planner with a focus on active transportation, transit, and safety. She works primarily with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS), National Park Service (NPS), and Bureau of Land Management (BLM), on both site level and national initiatives. McNally was the technical lead for the FWS National Long Range Transportation Plan Benchmark Report and the BLM Off-Highway Area Designation Vehicle Training Video. She has also provided research, writing, and document design for the NPS Active Transportation Guidebook, NPS Transit Inventory, and BLM Transportation Brochure. Since joining the Volpe Center in 2016, McNally has also supported the Federal Highway Administration and Federal Transit Administration. Previously, McNally worked at the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) in the Strategic Planning Department and at a private engineering firm for the Illinois Highway Safety Program.

Benjamin Rasmussen, Public Lands Team Leader

Portrait of Ben Rasmussen

Master of City and Regional Planning, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Bachelor of Arts in International Relations/Political Science, Carleton College

Benjamin Rasmussen is a community planner with expertise in shuttle service planning in public lands, non-motorized transportation planning and evaluation, regional and long-range transportation planning, and resiliency planning. In addition to managing portfolios for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Park Service Midwest Region, Rasmussen leads and coordinates the work of the Center's public lands team. He has also worked with the Federal Highway Administration, the Federal Transit Administration, and local, regional, and state transportation planning agencies. Before joining the Volpe Center, Rasmussen worked as a senior program officer for an international environmental non-profit organization and as a transportation planner for a metropolitan planning organization. He is a member of the Transportation Research Board’s Metropolitan Policy, Planning, and Processes Committee and the Special Task Force on Climate Change and Energy. Read additional reports by Benjamin Rasmussen.

Heather Richardson, Community Planner

Portrait of Heather Richardson

Master of Urban and Regional Planning, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Bachelor of Science in Environmental Policy and Management, SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry, Syracuse

Heather Richardson is a transportation planner with experience in assisting public land agencies in addressing issues of access and congestion using alternative transportation. She specifically focuses on public transit services connecting to and within public lands and how technology can improve such services. Her experience working at public land units in several regions enables her to share the lessons learned between them and facilitate growth in understanding. Richardson also has local transportation planning experience from the New York City Department of Transportation, where she worked in planning and operations for seven years. At the Volpe Center, she primarily supports work for the National Park Service regional offices and the Federal Transit Administration.

Erica Simmons, Community Planner

Portrait of Erica Simmons

Master of City Planning, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Bachelor of Arts and Science in Archaeology and Geological and Environmental Sciences, Stanford University

Erica Simmons is a transportation planner with a focus on long-range transportation planning, performance management, infrastructure resilience, transit, and active transportation. She oversees the division's portfolios with the Federal Highway Administration’s Western Federal Lands Division Office and the Alaska Region of the National Park Service, and she co-manages the portfolio with the Bureau of Land Management. In 2015, she completed a three-month detail at FHWA’s Western Federal Lands Division Office and the Bureau of Land Management’s Oregon State Office, where she coordinated with FHWA, Federal land management agencies, and Washington and Oregon State Departments of Transportation to develop the Pacific Northwest Collaborative Long-Range Transportation Plan. Simmons has also supported planning research and policy analysis for the Federal Highway Administration’s Offices of Planning and Safety and the Federal Transit Administration’s Office of Budget and Policy. Before coming to the Volpe Center, she worked as a planner for a regional parks and conservation agency in California. 

Emma Vinella-Brusher

Portrait of Emma Vinella-Brusher

Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies, Carleton College

Emma Vinella-Brusher joined the Volpe Center in September 2016. She first worked for DOT in summer 2015 as an intern with the OST Energy and Resource Efficiency Program. Her primary interest lies in the intersection between transportation and public health, particularly in providing all users with equitable, multimodal access to food and other resources. With a background in environmental studies, Vinella-Brusher supports a variety of projects covering resource efficiency, waste management, resiliency, accessibility, and more. She has worked on projects sponsored by numerous DOT modes as well as the National Park Service (NPS), Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), and other federal and local agencies. Vinella-Brusher is the co-lead for the Volpe Green Team and the Volpe Transportation Equity Community of Practice. Through these roles, she supports the expansion of sustainability and equity programming and project work at the Volpe Center.

View Emma Vinella-Brusher’s LinkedIn profile.

Last updated: Monday, January 25, 2021