HNTB adds four leaders in Northern California

New hires bring wealth of experience and leadership to Bay Area transportation projects

OAKLAND, Calif. (Nov. 19, 2020) – HNTB Corporation announced four new hires to its leadership team in Northern California this month, highlighting the ongoing growth the company has seen throughout the Bay Area and beyond. New hires include Chester Fung as senior planner, Jason Chung as senior technical advisor, Silvia Militello as deputy program manager, and Rich Coffin as transportation project director and vice president.

“Chester, Jason, Silvia and Rich are strong additions to our team of transportation experts in the Bay Area,” said Jeff Watson, PE, HNTB Northern California office leader and vice president. “They bring a wealth of knowledge to provide innovative solutions to critical transportation projects throughout the region.”

Fung has 20 years of multimodal transportation planning experience with a focus on transit infrastructure. His ability to combine rigorous technical analysis, a big-picture strategic perspective, and robust public outreach has supported Bay Area agencies on such projects as ConnectSF and BART’s Livermore Extension project. He will serve as HNTB’s planning lead for BART/CCJPA’s Link21 program.

Chung, a licensed PE and TE in California, rejoins HNTB as a senior advisor to the Oakland Civil Group – providing oversight and guidance on roadway, highway and transit projects, and serving as a mentor to junior staff in the group. Over his 32 year career, Chung has worked on major projects, ranging from early planning stages through design and construction, for Caltrans, Caltrain, BART, LA Metro and California High-speed Rail, as well as internationally in Taiwan and Vietnam.

Militello has 27 years of transportation engineering and program management experience, including work on mega-programs internationally and in the US. Notable projects have included the West Coast Route Modernization in the UK, California High-speed Rail, and numerous projects locally for BART. She will serve as HNTB’s engineering lead for BART/CCJPA’s Link21 program.

Coffin’s career in transportation spans nearly three decades leading transformative projects throughout Northern California, including the Salesforce Transit Center, California High-speed Rail, Bay Bridge West Span Bicycle/Pedestrian Path, and the Bay Area Core Capacity Transit Study. As project director, Coffin will work with HNTB’s clients to deliver high-quality projects on time, on budget, and to their complete satisfaction. His focus will be on Northern California, while also providing his expertise on projects throughout the state. He is an advocate for urban transportation and livability issues, including previously serving as Board President for the pedestrian advocacy organization Walk San Francisco.