SJ+A helps clients manage robust projects, communicate complex information, develop partnerships, and build trust with affected communities, regardless of the topic or industry. Since 1993, Somers-Jaramillo + Associates has provided Public Involvement, Communications and Consulting Services to local civil engineering, state and municipal transportation departments, and local non-profit organizations. Our team members are trained in a variety of areas to provide our clients a multifaceted experience tailored to meet their needs.
Public Involvement Manager
Chris Cartwright is a Public Involvement Manager with Somers-Jaramillo + Associates. Chris has been with SJ+A since 2013 planning, organizing and overseeing public outreach efforts for transportation projects. Chris is skilled at web development, design management and establishing effective working relationship with stakeholders, local officials, and clients. Chris is most noticeably known for his knowledge of the industry, public involvement practices and strong work ethic. Chris has a bachelor’s degree in Economics and a background in economic development, forecasting and analytics. Chris has completed the IAP2 Foundations training and is a trained facilitator.
Janet Rogers is the Controller for Somers-Jaramillo + Associates. She is a management professional with over 23 years of experience working in accounting and business management overseeing civil engineering and construction projects. Janet is the glue that holds our team together. She oversees and directs the daily financial affairs of SJ+A and all projects. She is adept at developing financial analyses of operations, statements and schedules for every project to maintain quality control and ensure that expenditures are consistently aligned with budgets through project duration.
Vice President and Senior Project Manager
Leah Jaramillo is the Vice President and Senior Project Manager. Leah oversees all client relationships and business strategy. She is experienced at working with city and state agencies, private firms, non-profits and construction contractors to anticipate or resolve issues at all phases of a project. She is the firm’s fearless leader, effectively quarterbacking cross-functional input to deliver full spectrum strategies tailored to meet the needs of each project and client. Leah is known for her dedication to finding resolutions that work for all involved parties. She is a master strategic planner, highly skilled in stakeholder research and identification, an expert in tactical communication and issue resolution as well as a trainer and a facilitator. Leah has a bachelor’s degree in Communication from Lewis & Clark College in Portland, OR, and a master’s degree in Environmental Communication and Public Relations from the University of Utah. Leah is President of the International Association for Public Participation (IAP2) USA Affiliate and has served on IAP2 USA’s board of directors since 2013. Leah is also a member of the Women’s Transportation Symposium (WTS).
Public Involvement Coordinator
Michelle Kim is a Public Involvement Coordinator with Somers-Jaramillo + Associates. She has experience in assisting with formal and informal events, organizing vendor logistics, managing project databases, and media coordination. Michelle has a keen eye for developing and managing social media accounts and overseeing website and project page updates. She is currently in the process of obtaining a bachelor’s degree in Communication from the University of Utah.