Dave Kearby, CAE,  was named executive director of  TRIP, the Washington, DC-based national transportation research organization.

He succeeds Will Wilkins, who retires this year after 36 years of service at TRIP, 33 as TRIP’s executive director.

Dave was named executive director after an extensive search process by TRIP’s succession task force.

“We’re confident we’ve got the right person for the position,” said Ken Wert, 2020 TRIP Chairman of the Board. “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.” 

He brings years of experience in the surface transportation field, having served as Central District Manager for AGC of Washington for more than a decade. In addition, he 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,” Dave says. “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.”

“I know I’m leaving TRIP in good hands,” says retiring executive director Will Wilkins. “Dave’s experience in surface transportation and his qualifications as a certified association executive make him the perfect choice to lead TRIP.”