Who we are

Our Story

Bonnie NelsonIn 1987, Bonnie Nelson and Diane Nygaard, two former San Francisco Municipal Railway managers, founded the firm in Diane’s basement. They believed it was possible to create a transportation planning firm that would foster a fun, egalitarian, and creative work environment, and would provide high-quality, principled work for its clients. Their vision proved successful; Nelson\Nygaard has offices across the nation.

Nelson\Nygaard attributes our success to adhering to our mission and core values. We remain deeply committed to mobility, accessibility, and sustainability for all. Helping communities achieve their larger goals defines our approach to transportation planning.