Michal Baker creates new role to boost federal planning team

Rachael Richter, the new practice executive for federal planning at the global engineering and consulting firm Michael Baker International.

Rachael Richter promoted to new federal planning post at Michael Baker International.

Global engineering and consulting firm Michael Baker International has promoted Rachael Richter to the newly created role of practice executive for federal planning. Richter will lead the firm’s federal planning team in planning and designing solutions that are safe, accessible, equitable, cost effective, sustainable and resilient in support of agency missions and readiness.

The new structure will allow Michael Baker International to fully capitalise on its resources across the organisation to serve the firm’s federal clients, implement consistent quality and standard practices and market its full capabilities as the company expands its roster of federal clients.

Brian May, president of federal programmes and services at Michael Baker International, said: “Since the second world war, Michael Baker has provided the full range of architecture and engineering services to the federal government. As a recognised leader in the industry, our federal planning team is called upon again and again to help federal agencies at all levels think through their toughest installation and facility planning challenges.

“They are experts at visualising, creating, and communicating planning concepts and solutions beginning with the client’s vision and through implementation. I look forward to Rachael’s leadership as we work with our clients to shape the future of federal installations to meet diverse mission demands worldwide.”

Richter has more than 17 years of experience, including 14 years with Michael Baker. She specialises in Department of Defense master planning and charrette and meeting facilitation. Her expertise includes land use planning with an emphasis on resilient and sustainable communities.

In addition to military master planning, Richter has experience in local community planning and outreach. Most recently, she was Michael Baker’s director of federal planning. Prior to joining Michael Baker, she served as a planner for Environmental Consulting & Design, Inc. and as an associate planner for the North Central Florida Regional Planning Council.

Commenting on Richter arrival into the new role, Niek Veraart, senior vice president and national practice lead for planning at Michael Baker, said: “Federal planning is a unique and distinct capability among Michael Baker’s diverse and full-lifecycle planning services. With Rachael’s leadership we will be even better positioned to develop and scale innovative solutions for our clients across all sectors.”