Managing Principal | Miami, FL

About Ysela: 

Collaborative, consensus builder, driven to understand, driven to solve, enthusiastic mentor             


BS, Economics & Anthropology, Duke University

Master of Planning, Clemson University 


Ysela has a diverse background as a planner and brings over 30 years of leadership experience working with DOT’s and Transit Agencies. She oversaw Miami-Dade’s transportation transit system as the county’s Transit Director from 2011 to 2015 and is credited with establishing the metro’s Orange Line to Miami international Airport, strengthening Miami-Dade Transit's partnership with the Federal Government and restoring commitment to transit. She also served with the Florida and Virginia DOTs, establishing leadership and direction in the development of multimodal plans and programs as well as planning and operations programs.

Ysela has been recognized nationally by the National Conference of Minority Transportation Officials (COMTO) as well as by Cien Latinos/Hispano’s de Miami-Dade for her transportation work in the state of Florida. She is also an active member of TRB and the National Academy of Science and Engineering. 

I believe... 

...the built environment lasts lifetimes— often centuries. It’s critical that communities grow in ways that enrich people's lives. 

I get energized from collaborating with people to find practical solutions to the complex problems that enable such places to be.