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Welcome to the "FHWA Works: Careers in Motion Employee Spotlight" series, a look into the careers and lives of Federal Highway Administration employees. Each month, we will introduce you to one of nearly 3,000 FHWA colleagues and highlight the important work they do. Our employees come from all corners of the agency but all offer the same, yet unique sense of dedication and professionalism, all while keeping America's roads and bridges safe.

Check out whose career is in motion and how #FHWAWorks! Discover exactly why our agency is celebrating being ranked in the Top 10 percent of "Best Places to Work in Federal Government!"

To learn more about how FHWA Works, explore the video series on YouTube or FHWA's LinkedIn page.


FHWA Works: Employee Spotlight - Seetha Srinivasan

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Full Name: Seetha Srinivasan
Title: Attorney Advisor
Division/Department: Office of the Chief Counsel
Location (City/State): Washington, DC

  1. What is your current position and how long have you been in this role?
    I am currently an Attorney Advisor in the Office of the Chief Counsel in the Legislation, Regulation and General Law Division. I practice general law and employment law and have been in this position for the last seven years.

  2. What is your typical workday like?
    I love my position because there is no typical workday. One of the major reasons that this position appealed to me is because both general law and employment law present me with new and different issues on a daily basis. The variety keeps me on my toes and makes the workday challenging and unpredictable.

    Overall, my day is usually spent either reviewing emails or speaking with clients on a range of general law questions, anything from government acquisitions, international programs and intellectual property, to ethical concerns. This has allowed me to cultivate a deeper understanding of the many internal programmatic areas within FHWA and learn from many different individuals at the Agency.

    In addition to general law, I also advise management officials at the Agency on handling employment law issues. One of the more hectic aspects of my portfolio involves employment law litigation in front of the administrative law courts. This can entail anything from conducting discovery and drafting dispositive pleadings to preparing for a hearing. Given the diversity of issues, I sometimes feel like a Jackie of all trades and a master of none, but have found that I truly thrive in such an environment; plus, it ensures that I never quite feel like Bill Murray in “Groundhog Day”.

  3. What has been your biggest accomplishment over the last year?
    Actively litigating a complex employment law case as the lead attorney and working closely with a colleague to defend the Agency. Over this last year, we filed numerous substantive motions and eventually prepared 12 witnesses for a week-long employment law hearing. The case ended up settling right before the trial, but I still felt a huge sense of accomplishment because of the wonderful effort we put into the case.

  4. Prior to working at FHWA, what was the most unusual or interesting job you've ever had?
    When I was in college, I lived in New York City for a summer and started off the summer by waitressing at a small Italian restaurant in SoHo. On my very last night on the job, I had the utmost privilege of serving Prince and it made my year.

    Prior to law school, I worked as an AmeriCorps volunteer doing social media marketing in Bozeman, MT and then was hired by the organization that I served. A couple of months later, I left my job after a tsunami hit the coast of Chennai, India. I felt a deep sense of purpose to go and help as most of my family (with the exception of my parents) live in India. Even though my family was not too affected by the calamity, I worked and lived at an orphanage that was devastated. At the orphanage, I helped secure funding to repair damages and increased the foundation’s youth-based tutoring program.

    After law school and prior to coming to the FHWA, I clerked for a federal judge at the U.S. District Court in the Eastern District of Virginia. I couldn’t have asked for a better foray into the law as it really helped bring perspective to my career by working for and learning from a Judge. Having this opportunity to shadow such an accomplished mentor, and opine on an array of criminal and civil issues alongside him, was invaluable.

  5. What are your hobbies in your spare time?
    I finished my 200-hour yoga teacher certification and started teaching in October 2018. It’s been a wonderful way to engage my creative side and has taught me to try to practice what I preach and exercise mindfulness on a daily basis. In addition to yoga, I am a foodie at heart and you can find me perusing many a food blog or planning vacations based on restaurant research. I also love reading, exploring my thespian side, and spending time with family and friends, whether it be cooking or gardening with my husband or traveling or dancing with friends. Over the last couple of years, I have also tried to regain my fluency in French by taking classes and obsessing over anything Francophile.

  6. What is one of the biggest lessons you have learned in your career to get you where you are today?
    Be respectful and think of everyone as a teacher. Personally, and professionally, I approach each interaction with the knowledge that I always have something to learn from every individual and situation. I have also learned with time to not be fearful of saying, “I don’t know.” It has taken me a long time to understand that this is not a weakness, but a humanizing strength that can empower people to trust you. When you are honest and sincere, it can instill confidence that you will not fabricate knowledge, but will instead do the necessary due diligence to construct accurate advice.

  7. Complete this sentence: "People would be surprised if they knew..."
    I love sloths just as much as Kristen Bell and am a professional Bharatanatyam dancer (South-Indian classical dance) and have been classically trained since I was five years old.

Other Employee Spotlights

Photo of Hoda Azari, PH.D. Full Name: Hoda Azari, PH.D.
Title: Nondestructive Evaluation (NDE) Research Program Manager
Division/Department: Office of Infrastructure Research and Development
Location: McLean, VA
Photo of Jeremy Raw Full Name: Jeremy Raw
Title: Community Planner
Division/Department: Systems Planning and Analysis Team, Office of Planning
Location: Washington, DC
Photo of Stephanie Stoermer Full Name: Joi Singh
Title: Realty Specialist
Division/Department:Office of Real Estate Services
Location: Washington, DC
Photo of Stephanie Stoermer Full Name: Stephanie Stoermer
Title: Environmental Program Specialist/Archaeologist
Division/Department: Environment, Air Quality & Realty Technical Services Team, Resource Center
Photo of Justin Ocel Full Name: Justin Ocel
Title: Civil Engineer
Division/Department: Turner-Fairbank Highway Research Center - Office of Infrastructure RD&T
Location: McLean, VA
Photo of Dan Wolfe Full Name: Dan Wolfe
Title: Marketing Communication Specialist
Division/Department: Turner-Fairbank Highway Research Center
Location: McLean, VA
Photo of MaryAnn Carpenter Full Name: MaryAnn Carpenter
Title: Transportation Specialist/International Liaison
Division/Department: Federal Highway Administration
Location: Washington, DC
Photo of Brenda Red Wing Full Name: Brenda Red Wing
Title: Senior Advisor for the Program Management Improvement Team Leader
Division/Department: Director of Field Services
Location: Lakewood, CO
Photo of Melinda Urban Full Name: Melinda Urban
Title: Senior Area Engineer
Division/Department: FHWA Colorado Division
Location: Lakewood, CO
Photo of Monica Jurado Full Name: Monica Jurado
Title: Pavements and Materials Engineer
Division/Department: FHWA Resource Center
Location: El Paso, TX
Photo of Al-Hasan Rashida Full Name: Al-Hasan Rashida
Title: Multimedia Specialist
Division/Department: Office of Management Services
Location: Washington, DC
Photo of Neil Gaffney Full Name: Neil Gaffney
Title: Public Affairs Specialist
Division/Department: Office of Public Affairs
Location: Washington, DC
Photo of Susie Tingler Full Name: Susie Tingler
Title: Management Assistant
Division/Department: Director of Field Services
Location: Baltimore, MD
Photo of Christopher Douwes Full Name: Christopher Douwes
Title: Community Planner; commonly known as the Transportation Alternatives and Recreational Trails Program Manager
Division/Department: Office of Human Environment
Location: Washington, DC
Photo of Mohammed Yousuf Full Name: Mohammed Yousuf
Title: Program Manager, ATTRI/Transportation Research Specialist
Division/Department: FHWA Office of Operations R&D
Location: McLean, Virginia
Photo of Rebecca T. Crowe Full Name: Rebecca T. Crowe (Becky)
Title: Transportation Specialist
Division/Department: Office of Safety
Location: ADL- Virginia Division; Richmond, VA
Photo of Jihan Kamel Noizet Full Name: Jihan Kamel Noizet
Title: Transportation Specialist
Division/Department: Office of International Programs
Location: Washington, DC
Photo of Todd Kohr Full Name: Todd Kohr
Title: Legislative Analysis Team Leader
Division/Department: Office of Policy and Governmental Affairs
Location: Washington, DC
Photo of Kirsten Poston Full Name: Kirsten Poston
Title: Disability Policy Analyst
Division/Department: Office of Civil Rights
Location: Washington, DC
Photo of Agnes Vélez Full Name: Agnes R. Vélez
Title: Transportation Specialist
Division/Department: Office of International Programs
Location: Washington, DC
Photo of Abdul Zineddin, Ph.D. Full Name: Abdul Zineddin, Ph.D.
Title: Transportation Specialist
Division/Department: Office of Safety R&D
Location: McLean, VA
Photo of Dan Mathis Full Name: Taylor Lochrane
Title: Technical Manager
Division/Department: Office of Operation Research and Development
Location: McLean, VA
Photo of Dan Mathis Full Name: Dan Mathis
Title: Division Administrator
Division/Department: Washington Division
Location: Olympia, WA
Photo of Bruce Moody Full Name: Bruce Moody
Title: Program Management Analyst
Division/Department: Oregon and Washington Divisions
Location: Salem, OR
Photo of Joey Hartmann Full Name: Joey Hartmann
Title: Director of the Office of Bridges and Structures
Division/Department: Office of Infrastructure
Location: Washington, DC
Photo of Marissa Romero Full Name: Marissa Romero
Title: Division Bridge Engineer
Division/Department: Arizona Division Office
Location: Phoenix, AZ
Photo of Doug Hecox Full Name: Doug Hecox
Title: Spokesman
Division/Department: Federal Highway Administration
Location: Washington, DC
Photo of Tome White Full Name: Tom White
Title: Social Media Coordinator
Division/Department: Office of Public Affairs
Location: Washington, DC
Photo of Ralph M. Davis Full Name: Ralph M. Davis
Title: Supervisory Transportation Specialist
Division/Department: Office of Government and Policy Affairs, Office of Highway Policy Information
Location: Washington, DC
Photo of Doug Atkin Full Name: Doug Atkin
Title: Assistant Division Administrator Nebraska Division
Division/Department: Nebraska Division
Location: Lincoln, Nebraska
Photo of Norah Ocel Full Name: Norah M. Ocel, P.E.
Title: Transportation Operations Team Leader/Highway Safety Engineer
Division/Department: Eastern Federal Lands Highway Division
Location: Sterling, Virginia
Photo of LaToya Hines Full Name: LaToya Hines
Title: Staff Assistant to the FHWA Administrator
Division/Department: Office of the Administrator
Location: Washington, DC
Photo of Travis Thomas Full Name: Travis Thomas
Title: Lead IT Specialist
Division/Department: Office of Information Technology Service/Office of Administration (HAD)
Location: Washington, DC
Photo of Brittany Broussard Full Name: Brittany Broussard
Title: Human Resources Specialist
Division/Department: FHWA/Office of Human Resources
Location: Washington, DC
Roger Ryder Full Name: Roger Ryder
Title: Senior Stewardship Advisor/Director of Operations
Division/Department: FHWA Pennsylvania Division
Location: Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
Jennifer Nicks Full Name: Jennifer Nicks, PhD, PE
Title: Research Geotechnical Engineer
Division/Department: Office of Infrastructure Research & Development (R&D)
Location: Turner-Fairbank Highway Research Center,
McLean, Virginia
Trinette D. Ballard Full Name: Trinette D. Ballard
Title: Marketing and Communications Specialist
Division/Department: FHWA Florida Division
Location: Tallahassee, Florida
Jaun C. Garcia Full Name: Juan C. Garcia
Title: Multimedia Specialist
Division/Department: Management Services/Office of Administration (HAD)
Location: Washington, DC
Melissa Yu Full Name: Melissa Yu
Title: Marketing and Communications Specialist
Division/Department: Center for Accelerating Innovation
Location: Washington, DC
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Page posted on November 14, 2018.
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