HDR’s Bowen Honored with Women’s Transportation Seminar Rosa Parks Diversity Leadership Award

Carrie Bowen

HDR’s Carrie Bowen, California highways and roads lead, has received the Rosa Parks Diversity Leadership Award from the Los Angeles chapter of the Women’s Transportation Seminar. The award recognizes extraordinary efforts or initiatives that create opportunities for women and minorities. These efforts must also promote diversity and cultural awareness within an organization, the transportation industry, or a project or activity that supports the goals and mission of WTS.

“I am honored and grateful to receive this award,” said Bowen. “I am passionate about making a difference for the betterment of others — whether that means creating fair and equitable opportunities in our industry or enhancing transportation options in our communities. I look forward to continuing to be involved with WTS-LA and all of the great work they are accomplishing.”

After moving to Los Angeles from Fresno, where there was not a WTS chapter, Bowen quickly got involved with WTS-LA. She strongly believes in the vital role WTS-LA plays to help women advance in transportation. Bowen is also a mentor for the chapter, supporting the personal and professional growth of her mentees while learning from them, too. Her work promoting and supporting diversity initiatives extends beyond WTS to her work as the Caltrans District 7 director in Los Angeles and Ventura from 2013 to 2018. She was the first woman and non-engineer to serve in this role for the largest Caltrans district in the state, where 24 percent of the state’s population resides.

Under Bowen’s leadership, the Caltrans D7 Small Business Program grew by more than 18 percent in five years due to streamlining processes and developing partnerships with transportation, business, education and finance communities. The district also doubled support for the Adopt-A-School program, which opens the door for high school students to a variety of career options in transportation in both public and private sector. This includes opportunities for internships and the tools to help students’ achieve success in school and in the workplace.

“Carrie is an excellent leader and advocate for women and the next generation of leaders in the transportation industry,” said Maggie Walsh, HDR vice president and chair of WTS board of directors. “She shares her compassionate and dedicated leadership with everyone she works with and inspires others around her.”

In addition to her role as the Caltrans District 7 director, Bowen also served as the District 10 director in San Joaquin and Central Valley Regional Director for CA High Speed Rail Authority.

Bowen has served on the Los Angeles Metro Board, Metro Goldline Board, Ventura County Transportation Commission and Metrans Transportation Center Board.

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