Caroline Decker to lead federal government affairs for WSP USA


WASHINGTON DC – Caroline Decker, former Vice President of Amtrak, joined WSP USA, a leading engineering and professional services consultancy, as Vice President of Federal Affairs.

In his new role with cabinet, Decker will be responsible for engaging federally elected and appointed officials, overseeing and developing policies that impact WSP’s core business services. She will also provide strategic advice to internal management to advance high priority initiatives to achieve business goals.

“Caroline’s experience in transportation and leadership with Amtrak and in government affairs at Capitol Hill will be extremely valuable to WSP,” said Stuart Sunshine, national director of government affairs at WSP. “His understanding of the key legislative issues that impact our clients in all businesses, combined with his ability to work with industry and government leaders to achieve common goals, is unparalleled. I am grateful to have Caroline on the WSP team and look forward to working with her on these important issues.

Decker succeeds Cathy Connor, who retired in June after 32 years at WSP.

Under his strategic leadership at Amtrak, Decker was responsible for growing revenues and ridership while continuously improving the delivery, reliability and consistency of products and services in the Northeast Corridor. She focused on transforming and improving the overall customer experience at stations and onboard Acela and Northeast Regional services and was responsible for the implementation and readiness planning to support the introduction of the new fleet of Acela trains being manufactured in Hornell, New York. Previously, she was Vice President of Corporate Communications and Government Affairs at Amtrak.

Prior to joining Amtrak, Decker was Chief of Staff, Legislative Director, and Transportation Advisor to former Tennessee Congressman Bob Clement, who was a senior member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee and a distinguished member. of the Railways Subcommittee. She has also served as the Vice President of Legislative Affairs for the American Trucking Associations and has energy industry experience with the Tennessee Valley Authority and Ashland Oil.

A resident of Washington, DC, Decker holds a BA in Political Science from Arizona State University and an MBA from the McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University.

She received Age of the railway The magazine’s “Women in Rail” award in 2017 and 2019 was named Woman of the Year by the Women’s Transportation Seminar, DC Chapter. Decker was a founding member of “Notch 8 – Women of Amtrak”, Amtrak’s first company-wide female affinity group. Named after the maximum full throttle position of diesel locomotives, the group promotes professional development, career advancement and mentoring.

About WSP USA
WSP USA is the US operating company of WSP, one of the world’s leading engineering and professional services companies. Dedicated to serving local communities, we are engineers, planners, technical experts, strategic advisors and construction management professionals. WSP USA designs sustainable solutions in the building, transportation, energy, water and environmental markets. With more than 12,000 employees in 200 offices across the United States, we work in partnership with our clients to help communities thrive. wsp.com

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