HDR’s Laura Grams Joins Leadership APTA Class of 2020

HDR’s Laura Grams has been selected to join the 2020 class of the American Public Transportation Association’s premier leadership program.

Laura Grams

Based in Houston, Grams was also recently named HDR’s South Central transit lead. In that role, Grams will help coordinate regional transit priorities, serve as project director or project manager for key projects and assist in the planning and design of transit infrastructure and services for bus, commuter rail, intercity rail, LRT, streetcar and other transit initiatives.

“Laura’s creative energy, her skill as a communicator and her ongoing drive to find innovative solutions to the challenges facing our industry make her an excellent fit to lead our South Central region,” said Global Transit Director Tom Waldron. “I’m excited to see what the future holds for her, for HDR and for our clients.”

This fall, Grams will be joining transit peers from across the U.S. as part of the selective Leadership APTA program. The transit industry’s flagship professional development program, Leadership APTA is a 12-month program designed to develop and support experienced managers and leaders aspiring to hold executive and senior leadership positions in the industry. The intensive program includes skill-building workshops, conferences, executive roundtables, team leadership projects and online meetings.

“Laura’s selection for Leadership APTA is a testament to her hard work and recognition in our industry” said Luke Olson, our central region transit director. “Laura’s an excellent fit for the Leadership APTA program — she’s a natural leader, talented professional and is already paying it forward serving as a mentor in the APTA emerging leaders program. I can’t wait to see what she does next!”

Grams will begin the APTA program as the 2019 class wraps up. That class featured Rob Klovsky, our Southern California transit director. Grams received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Texas A&M University and has been active in the American Planning Association since 2005. She was also a participant in the 2014 APTA Innovation Challenge, where her bus seat sensor concept was named “most likely to be implemented.”