Transportation research nonprofit TRIP names new executive director

Feb. 10, 2020

Dave Kearby, CAE, will succeed Will Wilkins in the role at TRIP

TRIP— a national transportation research nonprofit based in Washington, D.C.—recently named Dave Kearby, CAE, as the organization's newest executive director.

Kearby succeeds Will Wilkins, who retires this year after 36 years of service with the organization, with 33 of those years serving as TRIP’s executive director.

TRIP said in an announcement that Kearby was named executive director after an extensive search process by the nonprofit’s succession task force. “We’re confident we’ve got the right person for the position,” Ken Wert, 2020 TRIP Chairman of the Board, said in a statement. “Dave’s background in transportation and his familiarity in working with volunteer leaders will position him well as he takes the helm of this highly regarded nonprofit.” 

TRIP says Kearby brings years of experience in the surface transportation field, having served as Central District Manager for the Associated General Contractors of Washington for more than a decade. In addition, Kearby served as chair and board member of TRANSAction, one of Washington State’s first regional transportation partnerships.

"I’m excited to be chosen for this position and am looking forward to leading TRIP into the 2020s," Kearby said in a statement. “This organization has been a credible, highly regarded source on all things surface transportation related for nearly 50 years, and my goal is to continue and enhance that reputation.”

Kearby was raised in the Yakima valley and has a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Central Washington University, a Master of Business Administration degree from Auburn University in Alabama, and is a Certified Association Executive.