Kimberly Farley joins Sound Transit as deputy CEO

Written by Kyra Senese, managing editor
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Sound Transit has appointed Kimberly Farley as the agency’s deputy chief executive officer.

Sound Transit has appointed Kimberly Farley as the agency’s deputy chief executive officer, a role the company says will help to expand regional transit services throughout the Central Puget Sound region.

“Kimberly brings precisely the right mix of talents to Sound Transit for this critical phase of our growth, with a deep reservoir of capital project experience spanning both the public and private sectors,” said Peter Rogoff, Sound Transit’s CEO. “Her skills and accomplishments include proven management of collaborative, cross-functional teams, which will serve us well as we advance our culture of quality, accountability and inclusion.”

Farley will work alongside Mike Harbour, the company’s departing deputy CEO, until his planned retirement in late 2019, officials said.

“I’m thrilled to be part of this dynamic agency, working with mission-driven professionals to help Sound Transit deliver the voter-approved vision,” Farley said. “This vision of developing diverse and robust transit options will ensure the Puget Sound region will remain vibrant and growing – it’s a once in a lifetime opportunity.”

Farley worked for the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) for about 10 years, serving the department until 2014, as director of operations for the Alaskan Way Viaduct Replacement Program.

At WSDOT, she led initiatives including establishing and implementing the project’s cost, budget and finance processes and controls, as well as delivering the project’s environmental documents.

Farley also managed project risks, property acquisition and relationships with various public and private stakeholders. Before her work on the Viaduct Replacement Program, officials said she served for four years as WSDOT’s mega-project director of environmental services.

Recently, Farley has played leadership roles on major private sector capital projects.

She worked as vice president of Pegasus Global Holdings, where officials said she provided support for the construction of a major hydroelectric project in Chile, and assisted the New York State Thruway Authority’s Tappen Zee Bridge Replacement Project.

From 2015 through 2017, she served as vice president and chief of staff for global engineering and construction at AES, an international power utility company where she managed the delivery of a $9.6 billion project involving new and rebuilt electric generation facilities.

She also oversaw the reorganization of the firm’s global engineering and construction team, identified process improvements, and assisted with internal cultural changes, officials said. She served as managing director for a new 380-megawatt liquid natural gas power plant in Panama, as well.

Farley founded Volition Group, LLC, in 2017, which is a company aims to assist clients with efficient delivery of mega-projects.

Farley is an alumna of Seattle University School of Law, where she earned a law degree, and is a member of the Washington State Bar.

She earned a bachelor of science in engineering geology at Western Washington University. She also has credentials including an executive coaching certification from the Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching.

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