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TaNesheha Marshall




TaNesheha Marshall, P.E. serves at the Vice President of the Red Line Extension Project at Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) where she manages and executes the construction contracts associated with this $3.6 Billion project. For the past four years, she previously served as the Vice President of Capital Construction of the Core Program at CTA where she managed over $1 Billion Annually in rail and bus capital improvement projects. CTA is the second largest public transportation system that covers the City of Chicago and 35 surrounding suburbs with over 1.6 million daily rides.


Prior to joining CTA, TaNesheha was in the transportation industry for over 20 years and has been featured in Minority Engineer Publication, recipient of Woman of Excellence in Business Award, recipient of the Marciea Adkins Excellence Award for participation in the Transportation Hazards & Security Summit and the Team Performance Award for successful relocation of the Children’s Memorial Hospital.

In early 2000, TaNesheha was known as the “Road Doctor” while serving as Assistant Resident Engineer for the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) on the major reconstruction project of the Dan Ryan Expressway which carries over 300,000 vehicles per day.


In July 2006, she transitioned to Project Director at the Office of Emergency Management and Communications (OEMC) and supervised staff of 500 employees for traffic improvements throughout the City of Chicago; served on the Complete Streets Steering Committee and trained in National Incident Management Systems (NIMS), Road Safety Awareness (RSA) and Emergency Preparedness.


In July 2015, TaNesheha was promoted to Deputy Commissioner of In-House Construction for Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT) and managed a $72 Million Annual budget with up to 800 employees and 16 union trades, oversaw the aldermanic menu resurfacing program, ADA compliant ramps, 300 citywide bridges-including 37 operable bridges and managed three budgetary funds. Within two years, promoted to Managing Deputy Commissioner of Operations with CDOT where she oversaw the two largest Divisions, In-House Construction with 800 employees and Electrical Operations with 300 employees and managed the Safety Division for the Department. The most notable projects were the reconstruction of downtown bridges by in house crews with no accidents, replacing 85% (270,000) of the High Pressure Sodium (HPS) street light fixtures to new LED lights with technology management & infrastructure repair and implemented a uniform work zone safety traffic plan and a comprehensive incident management reporting system.

TaNesheha has created a local organization called “Sisterhood of Professional Engineers (SPE)” which consists of 13 African American women who hold a Professional Engineering License and live in the Chicagoland area. The mission of the organization is “To network and share opportunities with like-minded individuals while encouraging to increase the number of African American women pursuing their Professional Engineering License.”


TaNesheha also sits on the Advisory Board for Women’s Transportation Seminar (WTS) which is an international non-profit organization dedicated to creating a more diverse, inclusive and equitable transportation industry through the global advancement of women.

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