William Murdock, Executive Director

William Murdock serves as executive director of the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission (MORPC), a voluntary association of more than 60 Central Ohio local governments and regional organizations serving the fastest-growing region in Ohio. As executive director, Murdock oversees innovative planning, services, and policies in transportation, energy, housing, land use, environment, and data.

In his time at MORPC, Murdock has reorganized MORPC’s committees and staffing team to sharpen its focus on collaborative partnerships and local government services. He is responsible for the development of MORPC’s long-range transportation plan that coordinates over $20 billion of transportation improvements across the region through 2040. Murdock spearheaded the launch of insight2050, a public/private initiative to prepare for Central Ohio’s significant growth and development. He also directed the creation of Central Ohio’s first Regional Energy Plan and strengthened MORPC’s advocacy efforts at the state and federal levels. Prior to joining MORPC, Murdock worked for over 15 years in state and local government in planning and economic development.

Murdock is actively involved in a number of local, state, and national organizations. He is currently past president of The Ohio State University Knowlton School Alumni Association, secretary/treasurer for the Ohio Association of Regional Councils, chair of The National Association of Regional Councils’ (NARC) Executive Directors Council (EDC) and vice president of NARC for 2017-2018, and a board member of Partners Achieving Community Transformation (PACT).

Murdock is a longtime resident of Central Ohio and proud “buckeye” with multiple degrees from The Ohio State University.

Kerstin Carr, Director of Planning & Environment

Kerstin Carr has been with MORPC for over 11 years. Her department provides and promotes collaboration, technical assistance, and regional planning initiatives related to active transportation, the natural and built environment, transportation safety, and water resources to benefit MORPC members and communities in Central Ohio.

Carr has over 15 years of experience in transportation and urban planning. She currently serves on the Transportation Research Board Transportation Demand Management Committee, the Columbus Transportation & Pedestrian Commission, and the Community Economic Development Corporation of Ohio (CEDCO). Carr is a graduate of the University of Regensburg, Germany with a doctoral degree in geography.

Terri Flora, Director of Public & Government Affairs

Terri Flora leads the agency’s government affairs, membership, and advocacy programs, while overseeing the execution of MORPC’s public relations and state and federal government affairs strategies. She also serves as the agency’s chief communication officer.

Flora has more than 25 years of experience in public relations, particularly in the utility industry. Prior to joining MORPC, Flora was director of

communications for AEP Ohio, responsible for company’s overall communication, public relations, and customer outreach strategies. She received her bachelor’s degree in public relations from the University of Dayton and is a member of the Public Relations Society of America.

Shawn Hufstedler, Chief of Staff & Director of Operations.

Shawn Hufstedler has been with MORPC since 2009. His duties include providing staff internal support for the executive director; serving as executive director in his absence; and directing and coordinating the activities of the Finance and Operations department.

Previous to MORPC, Hufstedler served as the director of finance and grants at the Community Shelter Board and as an assurance manager for KPMG LLP. He serves on the First Night Columbus Board and organizes the Mid-Ohio Finance Administrators Group. He is a member of the Association of Governmental Accountants Central Ohio Chapter, the Government Finance Officers Association, and the Ohio Society of Certified Public Accountants. Hufstedler is a graduate of The Ohio State University with a BS in business administration.

Aaron Schill, Director of Regional Data and Mapping

Aaron Schill oversees MORPC’s data and mapping department. Drawing on his experience in community and demographic data analyses, research methodology, GIS, land use, and transportation planning, Schill leads MORPC’s work in data analytics and visualization processes, including GIS. His team supports the data and mapping needs of the rest of the agency, MORPC members, and the broader Central Ohio region.

Prior to joining MORPC, Schill worked as director of community foundation insights and knowledge services at Foundation Center, director of research and data services at Community Research Partners, assistant development director/city planner for the City of Newark, and as a planner with Stantec Consulting. He is a two-time graduate of The Ohio State University, where he received a bachelor’s degree in sociology and a master’s degree in city and regional planning.

Thea Walsh, Director of Transportation Systems & Funding

Thea Walsh leads the transportation planning efforts for both the agency’s Metropolitan Planning Organization and the Rural Planning Organization. Her office is responsible for more than $60 million in capital support for planned infrastructure and transit projects annually. She is proud to work with a team of top-notch professional planners, engineers, modelers and administrators on the Transportation Systems and Funding team. Her team is performance focused to innovate for improved transportation demand reliability on behalf of Central Ohio residents, visitors, and businesses into the future.

Walsh is a 15-year public servant focused on transportation, economic development and community planning, and she has worked at county, regional, and state levels of government. She is the current treasurer for Clean Fuels Ohio and is a member of the Columbus Chapter of the Women’s Transportation Seminar. She is also a National Development Council Certified Economic Development Finance Professional, certified member of the American Institute of Certified Planners and a member of the Association of Ohio Commodores. In 2017, Walsh was selected by Columbus Business First as one of the Forty Under 40 Honorees for being a young “mover and shaker” in the Central Ohio community.

She is a proud, life-long resident of the buckeye state with a BA in public administration and urban and regional planning from Miami University and a Master of Public Administration from Wright State University.

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