Fernandez is a Senior Executive with over 28 years of experience in the transportation field and a professional career that includes airport management, design and construction of mass transit systems and policy development for federal transportation programs. She is a member of the Major Programs teams where she is responsible for business development and planning of high-dollar, complex projects, currently focusing on Latin America.
Her accomplishments include managing the operations of O’Hare International Airport, the world’s second busiest airport; providing high-level expertise in mass transit policies, programs and technologies as a senior executive in the U.S. Department of Transportation; developing industry standards for program management of mega-projects; managing the design and construction of the $2.5 billion rail system expansion program of the Washington, D.C., Metro; senior program manager leading the $1 billion capital infrastructure program at the Chicago Transit Authority and; heading the transportation business development for a major engineering consulting firm.
She has a B.S. in civil engineering from Bradley University and an MBA from Roosevelt University. Fernandez currently serves on the voluntary boards of the Mineta Transportation Institute, La Rabida Children’s Hospital, the Chicago Children’s Museum, the Northeast-Midwest Institute and the Advisory Board for the Women’s Transportation Seminar (WTS). She is a member of the Women’s Foreign Policy Group, the American Public Transportation Association and the Program Management Institute. She has two daughters, Cristina (Columbia U. - Medicine ’11) and Mariel (Columbia U. - Law ’13). Fernandez and her husband, Dan Hall, reside in Chicago.