Michelle Boehm has joined the California High-Speed Rail Authority as its Southern California regional director. Boehm most recently was a vice president for engineering firm CH2M Hill's Transportation Business Group, where she was responsible for overseeing business development and community outreach. Before that, Boehm worked at engineering firm URS and was responsible for small-business outreach and strategy development for transportation, along with other engineering practices. Boehm is an advisory board member of Mobility 21, a coalition that pursues solutions to transportation issues in Southern California. She also is a member of the boards of both the Los Angeles and Orange County chapters of the Women's Transportation Seminar. In addition to hiring Boehm, the high-speed rail authority announced in August that it had brought aboard Diana Gomez as its Central Valley regional director and Ben Tripousis, who will serve as Northern California regional director.

Sharon Woodworth, a health care planning and design specialist, has joined Shepley Bulfinch as a principal in the firm's San Francisco office. Woodworth has led health care planning and design projects throughout the Western U.S. and in Western Canada. Her work has included major clinical projects for the Santa Clara County Health System; Stanford Hospital; the University of California, San Francisco Mission Bay; and Laguna Honda Hospital. Her most recent project, the Centre for Brain Health at the University of British Columbia, is now under construction in Vancouver. Woodworth serves on the board of directors of the Society for the Arts in Health Care. She is a member of the AIA and American College of Health Care Architects. Her architectural license is registered in California. Woodworth received a master's degree in architecture and a bachelor's degree in nursing from the University of Texas.

Renée Fippin has been promoted to lead associate at Jacobs Associates. Fippin has 14 years of experience and has specialized in geotechnical and structural excavation support design. She is based in the firm's San Francisco office and has managed and designed several excavation shoring, temporary structural support and tunneling projects. Jacobs Associates also promoted Jeremy Johnson, Bhaskar Thapa and Sarah Wilson to lead associates.