2020 Western District Elections and Candidates

Western District Elections

Western District members may vote online; voting opens May 28 and online voting will close June 29 at midnight.  If you are a voting member of ITE and have a valid email address on file with ITE Headquarters as of May 1, you should receive an email message with instructions on how to vote electronically.  If you do not receive an email notification on June 1, please check your spam filter or contact the District Administrator, Dalene Whitlock at dwhitlock@w-trans.com.

Members wishing to vote by paper ballot can request them from Dalene via phone (707) 542-9500, email, or by regular mail to: Dalene J. Whitlock; c/o W-Trans; 490 Mendocino Avenue, Suite 201; Santa Rosa, CA 95401.

Paper ballot requests must be received no later than June 1 and completed ballots returned to the District Administrator no later than June 19. Completed ballots may also be returned in person at the Annual Business Meeting on June 30.

If you need help voting or have questions, please contact District Administrator Dalene Whitlock.

Candidates for Office

The following are the 2020 Western District candidates for office for your consideration. All members are encouraged to vote. Regardless of how you vote, please vote and make your voice be heard. Thanks for helping the Western District serve its members efficiently and effectively!

Candidate for President

Giancarlo Ganddini, TE, PTP

It has been a privilege to serve the Western District in my current role as Vice President and previous role as Secretary/Treasurer. Our District has faced some substantial changes over the past year. I am fortunate to be surrounded by an incredible group of leaders without whom rising to the occasion would not have been possible. I am grateful to have learned a lot from them and for the opportunity to continue serving as President.

As President, I will ensure our District continues its tradition of innovation and commitment to its members. Recent organizational changes will require that our leadership monitor the newly implemented plans and polices with an open eye for opportunities that return value to both our student and professional members. I hope to leverage Section involvement with the District to promote a collaborative approach to District operations and increase member participation.

I am the Principal/Owner of Ganddini Group, Inc., a transportation and environmental consulting firm based in Orange County, California. My experience as a small business owner has taught me a range of skills and values that complement my leadership role in ITE, such as how to be resourceful, understanding the bigger picture, and the importance of communication in achieving a common goal.

I have previously served as President for the Southern California Section, where I began my ITE journey as member of the UC Irvine Student Chapter Annual Project. As a Section Board member, I initiated a mini-job fair and developed officer transition documentation. I continue to volunteer as a guest speaker at student chapter meetings and resume and interview workshops at the Student Leadership Summit and District Annual Meeting.

I sincerely ask for your continued support and hope to see you at the District Annual Meeting in Hawaii. ‘O kakou ka ‘oi!

Candidate for Vice-President

Joe De La Garza, PE

I’ve been honored to serve as the ITE Western District Secretary-Treasurer for the past year and am thankful to have the opportunity to continue to serve the District as Vice-President. The Western District Board has been dedicated and focused to guide the membership through the transition of the new District boundaries over the past year.  As always, The Board is continually engaged in initiatives and operations that promote, foster and guide the members in ITE and I am proud to be a part of that great work. As Vice-President, I will continue to fully embrace our Western District’s Strategic Plan and continue to promote the goals as well as bring new ideas to the Board!  I am excited to continue to be part of the leadership of ITE and appreciate your vote for Vice-President!

Candidate for Secretary-Treasurer

Kimberly E. Leung, PE, TE

I am honored to be nominated by the San Francisco Bay Area Section as a candidate for Secretary-Treasurer, and I would like to thank the District Board for their confidence in my nomination.

I have been involved with ITE since co-founding UC Berkeley’s Cal ITE chapter in 2008. I served as Student Chapter President in 2009 and continue to encourage student interest in the profession as the District’s Student Funding and Initiatives Committee Chair and as Cal ITE’s Professional Liaison. I finished my term as SF Bay ITE President in 2015, upon which the Section received ITE International’s Section Activities Award for the first time. Most recently, I co-chaired the 2019 Western District Annual Meeting, a four-year planning effort that culminated in the first District meeting in Monterey, CA. I am proud to have been recognized for my dedication and contributions to the transportation profession with the following awards:

  • ITE International Rising Star Program Award – 2017
  • ITE Western District Young Professional Achievement Award – 2017
  • SF Bay ITE Professional of the Year – 2017

I have always been passionate about the development and mentorship of the next generation of engineers and planners because of ITE’s impact on me as a student. ITE inspired me to start the Cal ITE chapter and solidified my path into the transportation profession. As the District’s Student Endowment Fund Chair since 2013, I oversaw the fund as it reached its $500,000 goal and expanded the Student Initiatives Program with the introduction of Regional Travel Scholarships. Now in my third term, I continue to manage programs to support students and young professionals. Student initiatives will remain one of my priorities as a District officer.

As a public agency member, I understand the challenges and barriers to participating in professional associations. As a District officer, I would like to explore making ITE more accessible through the online streaming of the District Annual Meeting’s keynote and technical sessions. My leadership experiences at all levels of ITE provide me the insight to efficiently and equitably use resources to best serve members, particularly those from smaller Sections and the public sector.

I am an Engineer at the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency where I lead a team of engineers and planners. I am grateful that the SFMTA fully supports my longstanding commitment to ITE, and I hope to have your support and the opportunity to serve the District.


Candidate for Secretary-Treasurer

Patrick Marnell, PE

In so many parts of life we are asked to choose a team. We are business competitors; we represent public or private interests; and we support the red or the blue team. For me ITE is a world where I don’t have to pick a side. It is a place where people come together as a community of transportation professionals with the common goal improving that community. That makes ITE a unique organization that I am happy to lend my time and effort to.

In this election you are in a no-lose situation. Whether you elect me or my competitor, you will be electing a dedicated professional. Still I ask for your vote.

I have been involved with ITE since 2005. Being involved with ITE has provided me numerous professional development opportunities, and I cannot imagine my life without ITE. I ask for you vote so that I can give back to the organization that has given me so much.

I am currently the Past President of the Oregon Section and my term of service is ending this year. Looking back on 15 years of activity with ITE, I am proud of the time I have dedicated to ITE. During my ITE career I have held 10 position with the Western District, Oregon Section, and OSU Student Chapter. I have competed in two traffic bowls (as a student) and host six traffic bowls (as a professional). Further, I was co-chair of the successful 2018 ITE QUAD Conference in Portland, OR. Last year I was honored to receive the ITE Western District’s Young Professional Achievement Award.

I understand that serving on the Western District Executive Committee is no small commitment of time or effort. I am happy to raise my hand for the task. I ask for your vote so that I can continue and increase my service to ITE.

In this first election of the newly redrawn Western District our membership has a choice to make about the representation of the five states in the Western District. The existing Executive Committee consists of four talented professionals from California. I ask for your vote to help better represent all the states of the Western District.

If elected as Secretary/Treasurer I will serve the Western District with the same dedication I have brought to my other ITE actives for the past 15 years.

Please check out my website for more information: https://marnellp.wixsite.com/voteforpat

Candidate for International Director

Mark Spencer, PE (F)

It is an honor to be selected as a candidate for International Director to represent the ITE Western District.  I am asking ITE members to allow me the privilege of continuing my service to ITE, our members, and our profession.  I have been actively involved in the Western District since 1988, recognizing the value that ITE provides as well as the challenges going forward.

I am a Senior Principal with W-Trans, where I serve as Vice President of the Board of Directors and manage our Oakland, CA office.  My responsibilities include directing transportation planning projects, business development and mentoring staff.  My professional qualifications will help me serve as our next Western District International Director.

Goals as an International Director

I am familiar with the ITE Board of Direction, its standing committees and subcommittees, and am ready to represent the Western District and serve ITE International for the next three years.  I have worked diligently over the past six years as a Western District Board Member to increase engagement with our members, improve collaboration with ITE International and other professional organizations, and have promoted and supported key ITE initiatives.  Looking forward, ITE desires to remain the professional organization of choice for all transportation professionals. To do this, ITE will need strong resolve and leadership to grow and evolve into the ITE of the future.