Recognition & Awards
- B.A. Mathematics, American International College
- Published Thesis: “The Potential of Congestion Reduction Strategies in Urban Centers”
- M.S. Transportation, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
- Certificate in Finance, University of California, Los Angeles
- Association for Commuter Transportation Excellence in Scholarship Award, 2013, for authoring “Exploring Airport and Employee Commute Strategies”, Airport Cooperative Research Program Synthesis 36, 2012.
- Led the efforts on the Boston Logan International Airport Employee Commute Program that earned the Massachusetts Port Authority the 2018 Massachusetts Excellence in Commuter Options (EC0) Award in the public sector category.
Member of WTS; past Vice President of Programs WTS-LA
Diane Ricard has been working on transportation projects for more than 30 years, with a primary focus on conceptualizing, planning, developing, and monitoring transportation and other large capital projects. Spending time in both the public and private sectors, her work experience encompasses project management, airport ground access planning, business and strategic planning, economic analysis, market research, airport concessions and leasing, and public-private partnerships. She has conducted feasibility and competitive analyses and developed strategic plans and processes that take into consideration target demographics, utilization patterns, financial implications, environmental impacts, and customer service. She has led professional teams and collaborated with various stakeholders including, government agencies, public-private partnerships, subcontractors, property owners, and tenants.
At Cordoba Corporation, Diane is currently serving as a Project Manager on the California High Speed Rail Project (CHSRP) and manages a team of professionals and a large consulting team to achieve California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) clearance of the Burbank to Los Angeles to Anaheim project sections. The two complex urban sections span 45 miles of the 520 miles of CHSRP Phase 1, which will provide service between San Francisco and Anaheim.
Diane is responsible for delivery of all project components including design, environmental analysis, and identification of impacts and mitigation measures. She is actively involved in stakeholder coordination and outreach. Diane’s role includes monitoring performance to ensure the completion of critical milestones and the successful delivery of the project within scope, schedule, and budget.