Friday, January 22, 2016 The CSAC Bulletin
CSAC Recognized as Employer of the Year by Women’s Transportation Seminar
CSAC has long enjoyed a reputation as a great place to work. The culture and environment are very supportive of gender and ethnic balance. Now, CSAC is the proud recipient of the “Employer of the Year” award, presented by the Sacramento Chapter of the Women’s Transportation Seminar (WTS), a group that promotes women working in transportation and related fields. Other honorees at the group’s awards ceremony on Wednesday night included young women scholarship recipients who intend to pursue careers in transportation.

In making the award, WTS noted that CSAC is committed to promoting women – and diversity in general – in the workplace. In fact, women make up 85 percent of the legislative team and every one of CSAC’s registered lobbyists is a woman. CSAC’s Director of Legislative Affairs, DeAnn Baker, has been with the organization for 28 years, beginning as a legislative analyst working on transportation funding and policy issues at a time when the vast majority of her colleagues in the field were men.

As she moved through the ranks to her current position overseeing CSAC’s 13 member legislative team, DeAnn has witnessed significant progress for gender equality in the transportation world, but pointed out in her keynote speech on Wednesday that young women need to continue to hold high expectations for their careers and seek leadership roles to shape the public policy debate. Women have great value to contribute. Groups like WTS are vital to mentoring young women to prepare them for careers and leadership roles in transportation.

“It is really an honor for CSAC to be recognized for our contribution to diversity in the transportation world,” said Legislative Director DeAnn Baker. “We have women working at every level of the organization and in particular on our legislative team. CSAC recognizes that hard work and a commitment to our membership is only successful if we balance that with other needs of our staff, such as family, education, and others. I believe that’s what has drawn successful women to our organization.”
(from left) CSAC's Kiana Valentine, Graham Knaus, WTS International President Marcia Ferranto, DeAnn Baker, Chris Lee, former CSACer Katrina Lynch, CEAC Program Director Merrin Gerety and Cara Martinson.