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The Value of Perspective
ITE JOURNAL: You wear many hats as the director of transportation for the Village of
Schaumburg, IL, USA. What is the key to working across various areas with multiple
stakeholders to ensure that you are supporting a sound transportation network?
ROBLES: One of the things I love most about my job is the ability to engage with a range
of stakeholders through the different projects and programs run by my department.
Connecting with people and knowing the impact I am making to improve our transportation network is so satisfying! In my experience, the key to working well with stakeholders is to find common ground and, ideally, a unified purpose. Working together
towards a goal, such as improving the transportation network or addressing a specific
issue, often makes tough discussions or compromises a little bit easier. It can be easy to
get caught up in the details, but taking a step back to think about the big picture can help
to refocus the group on the most important decision points.
ITEJ: When helping develop What a Transportation Professional Needs to Know
about Counts and Studies during a Pandemic, how did you bring your experience
as a director of transportation and your knowledge as a transportation planner
to the table?
ROBLES: One of the greatest things about our profession is the wide variety of
experiences, specialties, and backgrounds that contribute to the industry. One of my
goals is to share my perspective and insights in the hopes that it will benefit others. There
is so much value in understanding how different people are managing during difficult
times. As a member of the team, I shared my experiences and focused on how the team's
viewpoints could help others continue their work during the pandemic. Working for a
suburban municipality, the pandemic has had direct impacts on our traffic programs,
but the business perspective is that my organization also suffered financial impacts
from the pandemic that reduced my department's budget. I was able to share both
our technical struggles of counting during a pandemic as well as the operational
challenges-such as budget cuts-that factor into my decision-making process. By
bringing together so many different points of view, our team was able to develop a report
that provides a range of options for transportation professionals to consider as we all
navigate our way through the pandemic.

Karyn Robles (M)
Director of Transportation
Village of Schaumburg, IL, USA
Education
Bachelor of Arts, Public Administration
and Urban and Regional Planning,
Miami University
Masters of Public Administration,
University of Illinois at Springfield
ITE Leadership
Public Agency Council, Vice Chair
LeadershipITE Class of 2021
Illinois Section of ITE, Vice Chair
Professional Involvement
American Planning Association
American Institute of Certified Planners
Vice-Chair, Illinois Public Airports Association
Fun Fact
Karyn loves to travel. Among her favorite
trips are Oktoberfest in Munich, Germany;
Egypt; Turkey; and South Africa. She hopes
2021 allows for some new adventures!

ITEJ: You serve as Vice-Chair of the Public Agency Council as well as supporting
the Illinois Section as Activities Co-Chair. How has holding leadership
positions in ITE helped enhance your career?
ROBLES: ITE has provided me with countless opportunities to broaden my
knowledge and has given me the chance to contribute to the transportation
profession on a larger scale. Through ITE, I have been so fortunate to meet
people who have pushed me to get more involved and to share my knowledge
and experiences. I have learned so much about the different facets of the
transportation profession, developed relationships with industry leaders
that I admire, and have found an invaluable resource that improves how I
approach my job. These opportunities afforded by ITE have not only made
me a more well-rounded transportation professional-they have also helped
me expand my leadership skills and taught me the value of giving back by
supporting others in the industry. itej
Karyn in Egypt on one of her many travels.
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