Don Sepulveda, PE, has joined Wilson & Company’s San Bernardino office as Rail Service Unit Manager and will be based out of Los Angeles. He brings with him 23 years of experience working with passenger railroad agencies, freight railroads, and leaders throughout the state of California and nationally on broader transportation and interconnectivity concepts, as well as developing policy on Positive Train Control and other commuter and intercity passenger rail issues. His career has spanned both the public sector, where he worked for the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority, to the private sector as a consultant. Don has worked closely with agencies such as Metrolink, Caltrans, Amtrak, California High Speed Rail Authority, North County Transit District, and other agencies across the state of California in the development of policy and operations planning.
“Wilson & Company continues to expand its rail expertise in California. I’m enthusiastic to work with Don and setting the stage for the future to continue to bring the best service to our clients,” said Andrew Leifheit, Vice President & Division Manager - Rail Services.
In the public sector, Don led a team responsible for the development of rail policy and projects in Los Angeles County. Under his direction, the team developed, sought funding for, and implemented a $2.5 Billion rail program which included station and terminal projects, capacity improvements, safety projects, and highway-rail grade separations.
“I am excited about joining Wilson & Company. I am proud to be a part of the Wilson team as we look to the future growth of our practice and our people,” says Don.
Don believes in giving back and has been heavily involved with professional organizations and student groups. He is a Fellow in the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), member of the American Public Transportation Association (APTA), and serves on Committees 11 and 17 of the American Railroad Engineering and Maintenance of Way Association (AREMA).
Don’s involvement with ASCE includes holding Board positions at the local level and he has chaired or been a member of various Society committees, such as Strategic Planning, Student Membership, Membership, and others. In addition, he has worked closely with students throughout his career through volunteer groups and working directly with universities. This included volunteering at a local university in assisting with the teaching of the capstone engineering class.
Don has five daughters and in his limited spare time he is an avid woodworker, fly fisher, and has been known to futilely chase a small white ball around.