Former WSDOT executive brings more than two decades of experience in state and federal transportation policy and agency operations
SEATTLE (Jan. 18, 2024) – Amy Scarton has joined HNTB as business development officer and vice president in Seattle. Scarton is an accomplished executive with more than 20 years of experience in state and federal transportation policy and agency operations in both Washington State and Washington, D.C. She is based in the firm’s new Seattle office location and focuses on maximizing growth in the region, including serving as client service leader for HNTB’s infrastructure projects with Sound Transit.
“Amy has a passion for working with people. She is a strategic thinker and implementor who inspires and motivates her teams,” said Kris Agers, HNTB office leader for the region and senior vice president. “I am confident she will partner with teams in the Northwest and our firmwide resources to further build on our impressive history of client success and seek new paths for growth.”
Prior to joining HNTB, Scarton served as deputy secretary of transportation for the Washington State Department of Transportation. In that role, she served as the chief operating officer at the seventh-largest state DOT in the nation, overseeing more than 7,000 employees in all operating areas of transportation by leading a team of 17 executives that spanned the state. Prior to her role as deputy, she was the director of Washington State Ferries, one of the largest ferry systems in the world. Before joining WSDOT, Scarton was deputy assistant secretary for transportation policy at the United States Department of Transportation and majority counsel, Subcommittee on Highways and Transit for the U.S. House Committee on Transportation & Infrastructure.
Scarton has a proven track record of leading complex infrastructure projects with expertise in operations, program delivery and community engagement. Scarton graduated from Duke University School of Law and served as course instructor for undergraduate elective law courses and summer courses at Duke’s School of Business. She received her undergraduate degree from Duke University in political science and has been an out-of-state member of the New York State Bar.
Scarton has remained active in professional and civic associations, including past roles as co-chair of the Committee on Intercity Passenger Rail for the American Public Transit Association; member of the Public Transportation Council for the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials; Advisory Board member, mentor, and Puget Sound Member of the Year 2018 for the Women’s Transportation Seminar; Board of Directors for Washington Maritime Blue; and Board of Directors for Interferry.