Phoenix City Manager Ed Zuercher has named Kini Knudson Street Transportation Director, overseeing citywide transportation planning; construction and maintenance of over 5,000 miles of streets and related storm water infrastructure; and design and vertical construction of facilities across 519 square miles.
Knudson has worked over 18 years at the city, most recently as Assistant Street Transportation Director and City Engineer. Previously, Knudson served as Deputy Public Transit Director overseeing the city’s bus maintenance and passenger facilities, and in positions with Engineering and Architectural Services, Aviation and Development Services.
“Kini has worked in every facet of the city’s transportation system throughout his career, and is ideally-suited to lead Phoenix’s efforts to meet the needs of all our roadway users,” said Zuercher. “His knowledge of the changing demands on our roadways will ensure that Phoenix continues to meet the needs of our drivers, pedestrians and bicyclists throughout the city.”
Knudson is a registered Professional Engineer in Arizona and holds a master’s degree in business administration from Arizona State University and a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Arizona. Prior to his employment with the city of Phoenix, Knudson was an officer in the United States Navy Civil Engineer Corps, where he spent time stationed in southern Spain and in the Washington D.C. area.
“Phoenix has been my professional home for most of my career, and it has provided me numerous opportunities to make a genuine positive impact on the city,” said Knudson. “I feel incredibly blessed to have the opportunity to lead Street Transportation into the future, working to provide safe and reliable streets, sidewalks, and bicycle infrastructure for our residents.”
The Street Transportation Department is one of the city’s largest, with a $105 million operating budget, an $808 million five-year Capital Improvement Program budget, and over 600 employees who handle street preservation, neighborhood traffic programs, and bicycle, pedestrian and school safety programs among others.
Knudson will start in his new role on Nov. 19.