Shari Tavaf

Job title: 
ITS Senior Fellow
Institute of Transportation Studies

Shari Tavaf, PE, President / CEO of STRADA EC, LLC. has over three decades of experience managing the implementation of major infrastructure project including twenty years in the transportation industry.

Ms. Tavaf specializes in planning and delivery of transportation, transit and rail Infrastructure programs throughout the US.  She is an experienced project manager and is highly adept at utilizing innovative problem solving and motivational leadership techniques to deliver unique solutions to infrastructure challenges.  

She has served as senior management at public and private organizations delivering state of the art solutions to internal and external clients, leading the organizational changes necessary to support new initiatives, implementation and operations of transit and transportation projects, including the associated planning, design, delivery, programming and funding of mega projects.

Currently Ms. Tavaf supports many transportation agencies as a liaison to the state government and working with executive teams on long term strategic and organizational goals. Her years in local transportation have provided her with valuable relationships with many executives in both private and public entities as well as members of several Board of Directors and Commissions.  Her work with the Federal, State, and regional funding agencies as well as transportation and transit providers has led to innovative business strategies and effective project delivery and funding solutions within the greater Bay Area.

She is passionate about collaboration and building consensus among project stakeholders, bringing the best value for the use of project funds to serve the public.  Over the past three decades, Shari has mentored many young engineers and is devoted to coaching her colleagues to facilitate their development and success.

Hobbies and Interests:

  • Art, two- and three-dimensional pieces in any media
  • Preservation of historical buildings and antiques
  • Poetry and theatre
  • Dance and Music

She served on the San Jose Museum of Art, leading the development of a community engagement effort that allowed free access to all public and private school in San Jose over a two-year period.

Shari has written articles and presented several talks at conferences on the topic of place-making and the role of art in community building.


MS, Civil Engineering, University of California at Berkeley (1983) 

Certification of Organizational Development, University of California at Berkeley (1998)

Research interests: 

Traffic microsimulation

Transportation safety

Freeway interchanges