Julie Timm to leave Sound Transit Jan. 12, 2024

Dec. 13, 2023
Since joining Sound Transit in September 2022 as CEO, Timm has overseen a renewed emphasis on the rider experience.

Sound Transit CEO Julie Timm will be leaving the agency on Jan. 12, 2024. Timm made the decision to leave her position to return to the East Coast to take care of family matters.  

Since joining Sound Transit in September 2022 as CEO after a unanimous appointment from the Sound Transit Board of Directors, Timm has overseen a renewed emphasis on the rider experience, as Sound Transit approaches the opening of several new extensions, starting with East Link next spring.   

In her 25-plus years of experience in the industry, Timm has overseen multi-billion dollar, multi-year light-rail transit, roadway/highway, passenger rail, port, and military projects. She has worked in the private sector and for state and federal agencies on projects across the United States and internationally, navigating transit expansion and management across coastal regions, mountains and plains.  

Before joining Sound Transit, Timm served as the CEO of Greater Richmond Transit Company in Richmond, Va. Timm also previously worked as the chief development officer for WeGo Public Transit in Nashville, Tenn., transit development officer and Title VI and Environmental Justice Compliance officer for Hampton Roads Transit in Norfolk, Va., and senior positions with Moffatt and Nichol, Carter and Burgess and URS Corporation. 

Timm earned a Master of Business Administration from Vanderbilt University, as well as bachelor’s and master’s degrees in biology from Old Dominion University. 

The Sound Transit Board of Directors and staff leadership will form a transition team to navigate the agency through the leadership transition. The board is expected to appoint an interim CEO in the weeks ahead. 


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