HNTB’s Kara Komp completes APTA’s Emerging Leaders Program

Outstanding deputy program manager among graduates of selective program to develop transportation senior leaders

CHICAGO (May 05, 2023) – Kara Komp, HNTB deputy program manager in the Chicago office, is among the 2023 graduating class of APTA Emerging Leaders, the American Public Transportation Association’s program to develop and support the next generation of APTA executive and senior leaders and the public transportation industry.

The APTA Emerging Leaders Program is a rigorous, year-long program designed to develop and prepare emerging leaders in the public transportation industry. The program provides participants with a comprehensive understanding of the industry, leadership skills and networking opportunities with industry professionals.

Komp was one of 35 individuals selected from a national pool to participate in the program based on her outstanding performance and potential as a leader within the company and the industry. The 2023 graduates were recognized at APTA’s Mobility Conference April 24 in Minneapolis.

“I am honored to have had the opportunity to participate in the APTA Emerging Leaders Program,” said Komp. “The program has provided me with invaluable knowledge, skills and connections that will help me to grow as a leader in the public transportation industry. I am excited to apply what I have learned to help our company continue to deliver exceptional service to our clients.”

Komp serves as HNTB’s Deputy Program Manager for the Chicago Transit Authority Red Line Extension project, an equity-focused rail extension project on Chicago’s South Side and the largest capital project in CTA history. In recent years, she has also worked alongside other transit agencies to implement projects that afford mobility, access and equity, including Metra Commuter Rail, Pace Suburban Bus, Chicago Department of Transportation, METRO Minnesota and Capital Metro.

“Kara’s completion of the APTA Emerging Leaders Program is a testament to her dedication to excellence and her potential as a leader within the public transportation industry,” said Albert Sosa, HNTB’s Chicago office leader. “The company congratulates her on this achievement and looks forward to her continued growth and success in her career.”

Komp also is involved in the ACEC Illinois Emerging Professionals Committee, Chicago White Sox ACE Charities Program, and the Women’s Transportation Seminar (WTS) Chicago Chapter, where she has served as board member and professional development committee chair.