First Vice Chair
Vice President of Community Relations & Diversity at Central US WSP
Location: Chicago, IL
Tanya Adams has 31 years of experience with diversity initiatives and recruitment/outreach in the transportation industry. As Vice President, Community Relations and Diversity Manager and Co-Chair of the Diversity Council for WSP USA, she advocates for minority business involvement in both the engineering and business communities, and also on WSP USA’s contracts. Prior to joining WSP USA, Ms. Adams was employed by the Illinois Department of Transportation for 19 years. She is actively involved in diversity initiatives with community organizations, serving alongside many minority business partners, and she develops and directs both internal and external programs to meet business diversity needs. Tanya’s personal objective is to see the diverse faces of America equally reflected at all levels of the transportation industry, and she has devoted her career to serving as an advocate and a resource to minority individuals and businesses. Since 2007, Tanya has been involved in the Conference of Minority Transportation Officials (COMTO), having served as a member of the Board, Corporate Advisory Council, Joint Leadership Team, Women Who Move the Nation Committee, and the Program Planning Committee. In 2016, she was named COMTO’s Corporate Executive of the Year, recognizing her leadership efforts and outreach to minority and disadvantaged business firms locally and nationwide. In 2015, she became the first African American women to be elected to the board of the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) of Illinois. She also served as the Chair of ACEC’s Students Engaged in Engineering Committee for 10 years, actively engaging and fostering an interest in the transportation industry among students. She has been involved in leadership roles for the Innovations Conference on Asphalt and Transportation (ICAT) having served as ICAT’s DBE Co-Chairperson, and is currently the organization’s Operational and DBE Board member. In addition, she is the Secretary of the Illinois Black Chamber of Commerce, and also actively participates with the Illinois Road and Transportation Builders Association (IRTBA). This year, she received the WSP U.S. Diversity Award as well as the WTS 2018 Woman of the Year, Chicago.