Marisa Espinosa is Director, Green Operations for the City of Vancouver Engineering Services Division where she works on innovation and sustainability for the city’s fleet and equipment, construction safety, construction materials operations, and engineering administrative functions.
Marisa’s career spans multiple years of public sector experience in transportation, operations and planning in both Canada and the United States. Marisa is a graduate of the American Public Transportation Association’s Leadership APTA program which identifies leaders in the transportation field. In addition, she is a former Board member of the Women’s Transportation Seminar, an international organization that supports the advancement of women in transportation and infrastructure.
Marisa served as Senior Manager for Long Range Transportation Planning with the City and County of San Francisco and prior to that worked for Translink as Senior Manager for Strategic Planning, leading the development of the Mayor’s Council Vision for Regional Transportation Investments and major infrastructure projects such as the Broadway- Millenium Line extension, and Surrey LRT projects. She also previously served as Senior Manager of System Planning, working on multimodal transportation projects for the region.
Marisa believes that building leadership from within is a fundamental element of a successful operation. She spent several years in the leadership development field, coaching professionals and community-based organizations. Prior to her work at TransLink, Marisa served as the Manager for Planning and Research for the San Mateo County Transit District where she worked on major capital projects in the San Francisco Bay Area, and as Manager of Strategic Policy Initiatives for the San Francisco MTA, the seventh largest transit system in the United States, leading strategic planning, and integrated transportation and land use for capital projects. Marisa has degrees in policy, politics and economics from Stanford University and in urban planning from the University of California, Los Angeles.
In her spare time, she enjoys hiking, and volunteering for leadership and environmental groups.