March is Women’s History Month. Throughout the month we’ll be profiling D.C. based women you should know. Amy Morse, the founder of Ideas Club, is heading the project. Today she profiles Moji Jimoh. If you’d like to suggest someone for Amy to profile, tweet at her. -ed.
Moji Jimoh is an engineer committed to improving D.C.’s world class urban transportation system. Born and raised in D.C., Moji is an engineer with the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA).
Growing up in D.C., she was fascinated by the regional transportation system, which eventually that led her to study Mechanical Engineering at MIT. While at MIT, she developed an appreciation for the significance of the community relationships to transportation design –as significant as any (traditionally more respected) theoretical physics problem.
At WMATA she works on a variety of projects, from the rehabilitation of bus garages to the install of canopies over escalators. She primarily leverages technology to manage projects more efficiently. As an active member of Advancing Women in Transportation (WTS), she believes in the advancement and development of women and minorities, and the significance of their input on transportation design. Diverse perspectives in the planning, development, and implementation of transportation systems build meaningful connections to communities and lead to better outcomes.
Woman Who Inspires Her
Carmen E. Turner was the only woman to serve as general manager of WMATA and the first African American woman to lead a major metropolitan transportation system. Moji admires Turner’s advocacy for the agency and its employees. Many employees remember her as a passionate advocate for public transportation (successfully negotiating $1.3 billion of public funds for WMATA). She won wide praise for her skill at running and lobbying for the transit system, which in 1988 was named the nation’s best by the American Public Transit Association. Turner, who attended Dunbar High School and graduated from Howard University, started her career as a government typist. She was promoted to acting director of civil rights at the US Transportation Department, served as the local transit agency from 1977, and later promoted to general manager in 1983. She died at the early age of 61 from cancer, in 1992 but left a lasting impression on the D.C. community.