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Holly Gilbert Stowell

COVID-19: One Year Later
It is hard to believe we have been at this for a year-and yet
what a long year it has been. As I reflect back to just before the
pandemic, I was at a Washington Nationals Spring Training game,
blissfully unaware of what was about to hit our organization,
country, and the world. While it is encouraging to see vaccines
roll-out and COVID-19 rates dropping, we have a ways to go to
return to a life even close to the one we knew. But it finally feels
like we are on the way.
The past year was a time of challenge and loss, but it has also been a year of creativity
and innovation. At ITE, as throughout our industry, we have adapted on the fly to a
virtual world, successfully retooling business practices, committees, meetings, and
product development. We have created new initiatives and services that fit our remote
circumstances. Our member organizations have done the same. Starting on page 26,
we provide a snapshot of the results from a COVID-19 member survey led by the ITE
Industry Council. This work provides insights on how prepared public and private sector
organizations were for working remotely and how well they have adapted. It also provides
an assessment of the impact of COVID-19 on our industry in 2020 and 2021.
While these data capture the nearer-term impacts, the question that many are now
turning to is the longer term, lasting impacts of COVID-19. Some parts of our society
and industry will rapidly recover. For others it may take years, and still other aspects are
forever changed. The challenge is to adapt to a new environment that will be in recovery
and reinvention for quite some time, and to carry forward the positive lessons learned.
These experiences will continue to shape ITE in a number of important ways. It has
made us a more flexible and nimble organization. We are employing a variety of new
collaboration tools, most notably, Microsoft Teams, not only to support our internal
operations, but also our many Councils and Committees, significantly enhancing our
real-time collaboration abilities and effectiveness.
We have learned how to provide services and support from anywhere, not just in our
offices. Going forward, I envision using a hybrid work schedule that maximizes the value
of in-office collaboration while providing a better work-home balance (not to mention
congestion and climate change reduction) through increased remote work. While we look
forward to resuming in-person meetings, we have seen how virtual events allow us to
reach those that are geographically separated or unable to travel. We intend to continue to
offer more opportunities like our recent virtual Technical Conference.
Just as we are reshaping our business practices, so too have our members. In the
second phase of the Industry Council COVID-19 effort, we are examining the key
themes that emerged from the survey and how these themes will shape organization and
workplace environments. Results should be available by the ITE Annual Meeting in July.
COVID-19 was a terrible tragedy, but in the end, it will make our organizations
stronger and more resilient. It forced many to relinquish long-held norms that
constrained creativity and innovation in the work place, and reaffirmed the value of
in-person, human connections as co-workers, in our peer networks, and between clients
and service providers. Reach me on the ITE e-Community or on Twitter: @JPaniatiITE.

Jeffrey F. Paniati, P.E. (F)
Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer

April 2021

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Pam Goodell

Marketing Senior Director

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Jeffrey F. Paniati, P.E. (F)

Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer

Kathi P. Driggs, IOM

Deputy Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer

Jeffrey A. Lindley, P.E. (F)

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Associate Executive Director and Senior Director of
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Sonya Torres

Accounting Specialist

Ann O'Neill

Certification Programs Manager

Tatiana Richey

Contracts Manager

Zach Pleasant, PMP

Information Technology Services Senior Director

Douglas E. Noble, P.E., PTOE (F)

Management and Operations Senior Director

Linda S. Pierre, CMP, CEM, DES
Senior Director of Meetings

Eunice Chege Thoya

Membership Associate

Jennifer Childs

Membership Database Associate-Data Services

Sallie C. Dollins

Membership Services Associate

Kellyanne Broom

Professional Development Director

Kevin G. Hooper, P.E. (F)

Strategic Projects (Consultant)

Nicola Tavares, PMP

Technical Products Manager

Niloo Parvinashtiani

Technical Programs Manager

Deborah L. Rouse

Technical Publications Manager

Lisa M. Fontana Tierney, P.E. (F)
Traffic Engineering Senior Director

Sarah Abel (M)

Transportation Planning Director

Siva R. K Narla (M)

Transportation Technology Senior Director

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