HNTB’s Shannon Gaffney and Steve Granson complete Leadership APTA program

Operations manager, transit project development practice leader among graduates of selective program to develop transportation senior leaders

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (Nov. 18, 2021) – Shannon Gaffney, HNTB operations manager and associate vice president, and Steve Granson, HNTB transit project development practice leader, are among the 2021 graduating class of Leadership APTA, 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.

Gaffney and Granson were two of 35 individuals chosen from APTA member applicants. Normally a one-year program, due to COVID-19 it was extended to two years and included in-person conferences, executive roundtables, skill-building workshops, team projects, online meetings and web-based events. Gaffney will continue with the Leadership APTA program, serving as one of three mentors to the new class.

Gaffney has been with HNTB since 2014 and served as operations manager for the firm’s Northern California offices since February 2019. She is passionate about attracting and cultivating skilled transportation industry workers, especially those from underrepresented groups. Gaffney also recognizes public transportation’s challenge to remain vital in the face of the ride-share industry and companies providing workers with in-house transportation options.

“I’ve spent the last 21 years of my professional life focusing on transportation,” Gaffney said. “APTA has been a steadfast resource throughout those years, a source for industry insights and to build a strong network. The APTA program allowed me to learn from the industry’s best. I’ll bring these lessons in funding, management and innovation back to our local clients.”

Granson began at HNTB’s Houston office in May 2018 and has worked on APTA’s subcommittees focusing on major capital investment planning, land use and economic development. He plans to leverage his APTA program experience to build more livable communities with transit. Granson also sees the industry’s need to look more like the communities it serves. Like Gaffney, he believes the public transportation industry should encourage and support minorities and women as they pursue careers in the profession.

“The APTA program has helped me better envision how to fund and advance transit projects by helping our clients navigate regulations and the challenges inherent in building and maintaining infrastructure,” Granson said. “Leadership APTA also allows me to share best practices and gather new approaches to strategic thinking and decision-making. I’m ready to take back what we’ve learned to our clients and apply it for the betterment of public transportation.”

“Both Shannon and Steve bring to their work a restless curiosity about public transportation and a deep desire to make it better, more efficient and more accessible,” said Ronnie Hakim, HNTB transit and rail market sector leader. “HNTB is thrilled that Shannon and Steve have completed the 2021 APTA Leadership program. We look forward to supporting them as they take the next steps in their respective careers and help our firm deliver innovative transportation solutions to the communities we serve.”

At HNTB, Gaffney was responsible for the day-to-day management of the Caltrain 22nd Street Station ADA Accessibility Project. She previously served as the San Mateo County Transit District interim chief financial officer. Granson’s recent project experience includes helping implement major transit infrastructure programs such as the More MARTA Atlanta Transit Expansion Program and the METRONext Moving Forward Program in Houston.