Elizabeth K. Levin
Liz is President of Liz Levin & Company, a management consulting company that serves the transportation, design, and environmental communities. Founded in 2003, Liz Levin & Company provides services in leadership, organizational development, and strategy. The work includes change management, strategic planning, succession planning, and market repositioning. Liz also serves as an Executive in Residence at Brandeis International Business School.
Prior to forming Liz Levin & Company, Liz served as Senior Vice President and Principal of Rizzo Associates, which was sold to Tetra Tech. The following are highlights of her career (1985–2001) at Rizzo Associates and Rizzo Associates/Tetra Tech.
- Served as Group Leader for Transportation and Environmental Permitting, which included transportation planning, highway design, municipal roads and signals, structural design, and environmental studies. Re-energized the group after the departure of a dynamic leader. Developed new leadership, built a sizeable backlog of work, and improved profitability.
- Directed the strategic marketing and business planning behind Rizzo Associates’ successful rise to the top of the region’s transportation, engineering, and environmental industry. Instrumental in the growth of the business to a $26-million, 215-person firm.
- Diversified the business into new market areas. Played a key leadership role in shifting Rizzo Associates’ client base from predominantly private sector to a profitable mix of public and private work. Oversaw geographic expansion of the firm.
- Managed and/or directed high profile multidisciplinary projects including Massport’s Logan Airport Intermodal Connector Project; Boston College’s 10-year Master Plan and Stadium Expansion; the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority’s (MWRA) Watershed Protection Program for the Boston Metropolitan Area; and the MWRA Siting Studies for the Wachusett Water Treatment Plant.
Liz worked at Metcalf & Eddy from 1972–1985. She managed the environmental planning group and played a key role in some of M&E’s signature projects of the time, including EPA’s Region I Mission Contract; Boston Water and Sewer Commission’s Wastewater Facilities Plan; the City of Austin’s Water and Wastewater Plan; the City of San Antonio’s Program for the Protection of the Edwards Aquifer; and the MWRA’s Siting Studies for Nut Island, Long Island, and Deer Island. Liz developed a reputation for effective management, outreach, and consensus building on controversial infrastructure and environmental projects.
Prior to M&E, Liz worked for state, local, and federal agencies in housing and urban development.
An experienced planner, businesswoman, and leader, Liz is a builder of vibrant businesses and organizations. She brings the basic values of honesty, integrity, compassion, and caring to everything she does and adds to these her gifts of envisioning the future, setting strategy, engaging and empowering people, achieving consensus, and producing results. Thus she works with organizations and their people to take them to new and exciting places.
- Golden Shoe Award,
- Rosa Parks Diversity Leadership Award,
Women’s Transportation Seminar, Boston, 2007
- Phyllis Rappaport Alumnae Achievement Award
Simmons School of Management, 2005
- Community Service Award,
American Jewish Committee
Greater Boston Chapter, 2004
- Stephen Lewis Environmental Merit Service Award
Environmental Business Council, 2002
- Pinnacle Award
Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce, 1999
- Environmental Leadership Award
Environmental Business Council, 1999
- Abigail Adams Award
Massachusetts Women’s Political Caucus, 1997
- Amelia Earhart Award
Women’s Educational and Industrial Union, 1995
- National Member of the Year
Women’s Transportation Seminar, 1995
- Boston Member of the Year
Women’s Transportation Seminar, Boston, 1995
- Women Mean Business Award
South Shore Women’s Network, 1995
- Service Award
Society of Women Engineers, 1990
- Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) and MBTA,
Board of Directors, 2009–2012
- WTS International Advisory Board,
- Massachusetts Government Appointments Project,
- Normandeau Associates,
Board of Directors, 2004–present
- Women’s Transportation Seminar,
National Advisory Board, Chair, 2002–2004
- Women’s Transportation Seminar,
National President, 1998–2000
- Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce Women’s Network,
- Rizzo Associates,
Board of Directors, 1999–2000
- Environmental Business Council of New England,
- Temple Israel,
- Women in the Environment,
- Alliance of Women’s Business and Professional Organizations,
Other boards have included University of Massachusetts Center for Women in Politics and Public Policy, University of Massachusetts School of Engineering Industry Advisory Board, Massachusetts Women’s Political Caucus (Treasurer), and Charles River Watershed Association (Treasurer).
- MBA, Simmons School of Management
Highest Honors, 1985
- Master of Urban Affairs, Boston University, 1981
- BA, Political Science, Wellesley College
Wellesley Scholar, 1967