DBE Coordination Consultant, 4/2001-2012
Provided DBE consulting services on the final design engineering of the west segment of the Portland-Milwaukie Light Rail Transit Project. Used a hands-on approach and worked closely with the project manager and DBE teaming partners. Conducted bi-monthly outreach with DBE partners to stay actively engaged, checked on status of work completion, and assisted in alleviating any concerns over work products or delivery schedules. Reviewed past utilization and risks/opportunities for enhanced future engagement with DBEs. Determined skill sets, capacity information, and deficiencies such as accounting, software knowledge, QA/QC practices, and project tracking systems. Assisted firms by providing hands-on Elations Training and by locating and suggesting programs to train small businesses. Attended monthly DBE meetings with TriMet’s Capital Projects, Diversity and Transit Equity representatives and project management staff to review and discuss progress or future deficiencies. Provided reports as applicable and assisted in advertisement and recruitment of students to the TriMet Internship Program by reaching out to local colleges and Universities. Coordinated internship candidate interviews, developed interview questions, attended interviews, and made recommendations.
“Suzanne’s innovative approach to the DBE coordination has included one-on-one meetings and hands-on support and mentoring for each of 10 DBE contractors on the project…Suzanne’s performance has also received positive attention from the owner, TriMet. She has been praised for her collaborative style and drive for constant improvement of the DBE program. Her approach has not only ensured quality delivery by our DBE contractors, but also has grown the capacity of the firms that she has mentored — a key goal of TriMet’s. Perhaps my highest praise for Suzanne is that I would not hesitate to work with her again on future projects.”John Willis, former CH2M HILL Vice President, NW Transportation Manager