Richard F. Krochalis: Growing Transit Communities in the Pacific Northwest: Policy and Practice
Department of City and Regional Planning Professional Planning Colloquium
Richard F. Krochalis ’72 has been the regional administrator of the Federal Transit Administration’s (FTA) Region 10 office in Seattle since May 2002. In this position, Krochalis is responsible for the administration of FTA's capital, operating, and planning grant programs in the four-state Western region, which includes Oregon, Washington, Idaho, and Alaska.
Prior to joining the FTA, Krochalis served as director of design, construction, and land use for the City of Seattle. In that position, he improved the performance of Seattle’s primary regulatory agency, which is responsible for land use and construction permitting, environmental review, and enforcement activities. Under his direction, the agency implemented a program for neighborhood design review and provided improved customer service and quality oversight for Seattle’s fast-growing urban environment.
From 1972 until 1992, Krochalis served as an officer in the U.S. Navy in a series of facilities construction and management positions, including program manager for the Navy homeport at Everett, Washington, and planning and real estate director for the Navy’s West Coast operations.
Krochalis obtained a master’s degree from Harvard University in city and regional planning and a bachelor’s degree from Cornell University in environmental systems engineering. He is past president of Sustainable Seattle and the Washington City Planning Directors’ Association. As a former member of the Cornell University Council, he gained approval to establish the Council’s Environmental Stewardship and Sustainable Development Committee to support Cornell’s Center for the Environment. He is a former member of the AAP advisory council. Krochalis is currently a member of the advisory board for Urban Land Institute Northwest.