WTS Central Virginia Chapter

WTS is an international organization dedicated to building the future of transportation through the global advancement of women.

About The WTS Central Virginia Chapter

Central Virginia currently supports a thriving multi-modal transportation corridor for travelers along the East Coast. The Commonwealth proudly attracts tourists, new businesses, and residents to its beautiful mountains, spacious farmlands, and sunny beaches. All modes of transportation exist within the Commonwealth to assure you reach your destination.

WTS Central Virginia Chapter is dedicated to providing our diverse membership with an interactive forum and programs to enrich their perspective of transportation issues and foster opportunities for personal and professional growth. Having gained our charter in August 2006, we are proud to be entering our twelfth year, still making waves among transportation professionals in Virginia with over 70 chapter members and agency partners. This Chapter offers a wide array of programs and opportunities including speaker luncheons, evening receptions, professional development programs, scholarship awards, recognition awards, youth mentorship and community outreach opportunities. All of this is made possible through the generosity of our Corporate Sponsors and dedicated members!

2018 has proved to be a successful and busy year for the Chapter with the transition of our newly passed bylaws! As we focus on 2019 (and beyond), the entire Chapter leadership is committed to bringing together top transportation leaders to discuss today’s critical transportation issues, expanding our professional development programs, building upon our Chapter Scholarship Fund, and making a difference in the transportation industry in Central Virginia.

Be a part of our mission to transform the transportation industry through the advancement of women!

Featured Upcoming Event

Transportation Improvements for Chesterfield County

Tuesday, July 9, 2019


Stonebridge Recreation Center

Chesterfield County Transportation has been administering VDOT projects since the early 1990s. To date, they have completed more than 100 projects, totaling in excess of $250M, and have another $250M in projects underway. Jesse Smith, Director of Transportation and Chessa Faulkner, Senior Engineer, will discuss transportation improvements, a variety of projects planned for Chesterfield County, and funding sources.

Jesse Smith, Director of Transportation, has experience in both the private and public sector, and has spent the last 17 years with Chesterfield County. Jesse is a licensed Professional Engineer in the Commonwealth of Virginia and a proud Hokie who is currently pursuing an MPA at VCU.

Chessa Faulkner has 18 years of experience in the private and public sector. She specializes in traffic engineering and transportation planning, and manages a variety of infrastructure improvement projects, including minor road widening, roundabouts, sidewalks, trails and bicycle facilities. Chessa earned her B.S. in Civil Engineering from the University of Nebraska and her Masters Degree from Michigan State University. She is a licensed Professional Engineer in the state of Virginia.