Martha Welborne Joins HR&A Advisors to Lead Transformative Urban Projects

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“Martha’s exceptional career as a civic change-maker and her wide range of interdisciplinary skills are unique and perfectly complement our work to bring large, complex transformative projects to life. HR&A gives her an international platform to continue to shape the character of urban life in Los Angeles and beyond.”


– John Alschuler, Chairman


We are delighted to welcome Martha Welborne to HR&A as a Senior Advisor to the firm and our clients. For over 30 years, Martha’s impressive career has spanned the country, with a focus on complex development and mobility management in Los Angeles. Martha will join Partners Paul Silvern, Amitabh Barthakur, and Judith Taylor in HR&A’s Los Angeles office, advancing our mission to improve quality of life in one of the world’s great cities.


“HR&A is an amazing firm that takes on the most complicated, seemingly impossible, urban problems and always finds winning solutions. I am delighted to take on the role of Senior Advisor with this incredible team as our goals are perfectly aligned. “


–  Martha Welborne

With experience in the private, public, and nonprofit sectors, Martha has spearheaded some of Los Angeles’ most innovative public transportation and revitalization projects in recent history—including the installation of the county’s first rapid bus lines and the redevelopment of the Grand Avenue corridor. Most recently, Martha was the Senior Vice President of Corporate Real Estate for the Walt Disney Company and served as the Chief Planning Officer at the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority, where she was responsible for planning the long-range mobility future of the county.

Martha began her career as an architect and planner, working on both individual building design and large-scale projects at Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP and Sasaki Associates, Inc. She has served on the board of the Exposition Metro Line Construction Authority and as President of the Los Angeles Chapter of the American Institute of Architects. Martha is a former member of MIT’s Visiting Committee for the Department of Urban Studies and Planning, the Board of the Community Foundation Land Trust, and the Board of Councilors for USC’s School of Architecture and for KUSC.

In addition to her role as Senior Advisor at HR&A, Martha will also serve as Project Director of LA Aerial Rapid Transit Technologies, LLC, the first permanent public transit link to Dodger’s Stadium since it was built nearly 60 years ago.
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