Diniece Mendes, EIT, A.M.ASCE, has been elected to the 4-year position on the ASCE Transportation & Development Institute’s (T&DI) Board of Governors, with her term beginning on October 1, 2023. With her election, she will serve as T&DI’s President for FY2026, becoming the first Black woman to lead the Institute in its 21-year history.

About Diniece Mendes

Diniece Mendes is an experienced Civil Engineer and transportation professional with nearly a decade of progressive public sector experience. She currently serves as Director for Freight Mobility at the New York City Department of Transportation (NYCDOT), managing a complex portfolio of transformative freight mobility programs in the Greater New York City area, ensuring individuals, businesses, and affected communities have equitable access to the goods they need without compromising livability. Diniece is passionate about educating, elevating, and empowering changemakers to advance humanity.

Diniece has been involved in various activities and held progressive leadership positions within T&DI for many years. She chaired the Infrastructure Systems Committee (2016-2019), and Planning and Development Council (2019-2022), and is currently the Younger Member Liaison to the Board of Governors. Additionally, she has been instrumental in developing the technical program for the 2023 International Conference on Transportation and Development and is enthusiastic about increasing diversity, and the inclusion of underrepresented groups. Diniece is actively involved in the Alumni Association of the City College of New York. She holds an MS in Civil Engineering from UT Austin and a BE in Civil Engineering from City College CUNY.