Be Inspired at the Fifth Annual Emerald Coast Transportation Symposium
Veronica O. Davis, PE
Veronica O. Davis, PE is a self-described transportation nerd. She believes all people should have access to safe, reliable, and affordable transportation. She has more than 16 years of experience in civil engineering and planning. She is currently a co-owner and Principal Planning Manager at Nspiregreen LLC.
At Nspiregreen, she is responsible for managing the Multimodal Transportation and Community Planning projects, which include surface transportation planning, policy development, and long-range planning. She was the Principal-in-Charge for the Vision Zero Action Plans for the District of Columbia and the City of Alexandria in Virginia. This included guiding the team to develop strategies to prioritize the safety of people biking and walking.
Veronica is one of the co-founders of Black Women Bike (BWB), an organization and movement that encourages African American women to use biking for health and wellness as well as an alternative form of transportation for commuting. In under two years the organization has grown more than 1,500 African American women ranging in age from late twenties to early seventies.
She earned dual Master’s Degrees (Engineering Management and Regional Planning) from Cornell University. She has a Bachelor of Science in civil engineering from the University of Maryland. She is a registered professional engineer in the District of Columbia, Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina and Georgia. In July 2012, the White House recognized her as a Champion of Change and Transportation Innovator for her professional accomplishments and community advocacy in the District of Columbia.
She currently lives in Washington, DC with her husband and dog.
John Mica, former Congressman, is considered one of the most knowledgeable experts and leaders in American Transportation and Infrastructure. Serving in Congress until last year, his leadership helped shape almost every major American transportation policy and legislative initiative for the past two decades. He served as the Chairman and Ranking Member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee and chaired five major subcommittees.
As leader of the Aviation Subcommittee following 9/11, he helped bring the American aviation industry back from some of its most difficult days. He was the primary author of the Americas Transportation Security Act.
In addition to MAP21, a major transportation legislative act, other measures Mica authored two long-term aviation authorizations, water and resources, Coast Guard and pipeline safety measures.
His support of major infrastructure projects has significantly impacted American communities from New York to Seattle and the Mid-West to the Gulf Coast. His P3 initiatives have helped launch dozens of major transportation projects.
As a champion of Open Skies, he advocates international aviation competition. He successfully helped reverse an unfair and over reaching tax emissions scheme. His leadership was instrumental in implementing the Cape Town Treaties that established a financial protocol enabling Aviation and transportations asset stability.
Just prior to Mica’s leaving Congress, he was recognized by an independent university study as one of the top two most effective members of congress.
Former President George W. Bush said about Mica, “In Congress there are talkers and doers. John Mica is a doer.”
Mica’s business and political careers span four decades covering real estate, communications, and international trade.
He is a former member of the Florida State House of Representatives, was a chief of staff in the U. S. Senate, and Congressman from Central Florida for nearly a quarter of a century.
He is a graduate of the University of Florida, has received numerous awards and holds five honorary degrees. John and his wife, Pat, have two adult children and have resided in Winter Park, Florida since 1972.