Whitney Shephard co-founded Transport Studio, a Savannah-based planning and engineering firm, in 2013. She manages diverse projects for local and regional governments, non-profits, and private development firms. She has a technical focus on multimodal transportation, including active transportation, small transit systems, transportation and land-use Master Plans, travel demand, and advanced geographic information systems applications. Her recent projects include food system needs assessments, active transportation strategic plans, complete streets policies, socioeconomic data analysis, strategic transit planning, subarea master plans, and long-range transportation planning for metropolitan planning organizations. She has over fifteen years of planning and engineering experience in the Southeastern US in both the public and private sectors. A native Floridian, Whitney has lived in Georgia for twenty years.
She holds bachelor’s degrees in architecture and civil engineering, and a Master of Science in Civil Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology. Whitney is a 2014 graduate of Leadership Southeast Georgia. She is a LEED Accredited Professional and a Registered Professional Engineer in Florida and Georgia. Transport Studio is a certified Disadvantaged Business Enterprise in Georgia and Florida.
Whitney’s passion for the built and natural environments extends beyond the planning profession. With her husband, Josh Yates, she co-owns Green Truck Neighborhood Pub, a Savannah restaurant that features local and organic farmers and craft American brewers. Together they support the local food movement and a variety of community organizations.
Whitney is a member of the Metropolitan Savannah Rotary Club. She was recently honored with the inaugural Service Above Self Award for managing the Greenbriar Children’s Center Garden, the club’s Annual Service project. The garden provides a venue for education and access to healthy food for at-risk youth in the community. Whitney is active on the Service Committee and the Communications Committee.
Whitney serves on the Board of the Georgia Planning Association and chairs the GPA Mentor Program. She is a Founding Circle and Board member of Sustainativity. Whitney serves on the board of coastal empire Society of Women Engineers, an organization that promotes STEM education. She is an active volunteer for the Forsyth Famers Market, Savannah-Chatham Food Policy Council, and Healthy Savannah, all of which promote access to healthy food and physical activity in the Savannah metro area. She also serves on the Savannah State University Urban Studies and Planning Program External Advisory Committee.