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Napa Valley Transportation Authority Named Employer of the Year
Women’s Transportation Organization Honors Agency Commitment to Advancing Women
NAPA — The Women’s Transportation Seminar (WTS) San Francisco Bay Area Chapter, named the Napa Valley Transportation Authority Employer of the Year, in a virtual award ceremony held Wednesday, December 2, 2020.
The award recognizes transportation agencies that help advance transportation excellence through the achievement and success of women.
NVTA was honored for its mentorship, leadership opportunities, flexible work environment, commitment to a diverse workforce, and continued investment in staff development.
“NVTA is able to attract and retain great talent because we invest in our employees’ development and foster a work culture that embraces work-life balance,” said Executive Director Kate Miller, who also credits NVTA’s supportive board for the agency’s success.
Danielle Schmitz, Director of Capital Development and Planning. Schmitz, who started at NVTA as a Staff Analyst, credits her early inclusion in executive and senior level meetings and interagency meetings with her ascension through the ranks. “Leading projects, teams and making presentations to Board and committees early on in my career, helped with my confidence and allowed me to grow into different positions at the agency,” said Schmitz.
In addition to leadership and professional growth opportunities, NVTA’s policies create an environment in which working parents can flourish. Flexible schedules, telecommute options, and a child-friendly office help retain and advance women, whose careers often take the brunt of childcare issues.
Women lead many departments and initiatives across the agency such as Transit Manager and Active Transportation Coordinator.
NVTA’s progressive policies are evident on any given day when employees can be seen taking the agency bicycles for a spin, conducting walking meetings or taking a break to throw a ball up and down the NVTA halls for one of the staffs’ dogs that frequent the office.