Executive Vice President, Major Program Delivery
Laura Mason is Executive Vice President, Major Program Delivery, serving in this role since June 2021. In this role, Laura is responsible for delivering transformational programs and renewing strategic assets that support the nation’s intercity passenger rail system. With over $40 billion of critical infrastructure, facility and fleet investments in planning and development at Amtrak, Laura leads Amtrak’s efforts to turn our ambition plans into reality.
Prior to joining Amtrak, Laura served in a variety of leadership roles with Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA), commonly referred to as Metro, a tri-jurisdictional government agency that operates transit service in the Washington metropolitan area. As Executive Vice President of Capital Delivery, she was responsible project management, engineering and construction of major capital projects, infrastructure renewal, capital program planning, and the scheduling and contracting strategy for WMATA’s entire capital program. In other roles at WMATA, Laura oversaw engineering, maintenance, transportation and control center functions for fixed infrastructure and rolling stock. As Chief of Maintenance of Way Engineering, she drove rail safety and reliability through improved maintenance, track allocation and new technology. From 2016 to 2017, Laura served as director of Safe Track, a year-long emergency track work program to accelerate three years of work into one year.
Prior to WMATA, Laura spent 12 years at Bechtel Corp., an American engineering, procurement, construction and project management company, where she served in a wide range of roles.
Laura graduated from Duke University with a Bachelor of Science in engineering, electrical and biomedical engineering. She earned her Master of Business Administration from Stanford University. She is also a founding member of Engineers without Borders, Gabon.
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