Bradley University graduate Nuria Fernandez earned a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering in 1982 and then continued her educational pursuits at Roosevelt University in Chicago, earning a Master of Business Administration (MBA) with concentrations in Finance and Management. After completing her MBA curriculum in 1989, she was appointed Senior Vice President for Design and Construction at the Chicago Transit Authority, completing a $1.0 billion capital improvement program. In 1997, Nuria Fernandez was first appointed Deputy Administrator and later Acting Administrator of the Federal Transit Administration, U.S. Department of Transportation, where she served for four years. In 2001, Nuria Fernandez transitioned into the private sector to a professional career at Earth Tech, Inc., a Long Beach, California engineering company, subsidiary of Tyco International, Ltd. With a growing background in public policy issues, transportation, and business management, Nuria Fernandez served as Senior Vice President for the company's Major Projects Group, working on the positioning and pursuit of large-scale transportation projects in domestic and international markets. The success of her infrastructure projects in the highways bridge, rail, transit, and airport sectors, resulted in annual revenue contributions of $500 million. Five years later, Nuria Fernandez took another public post for the city of Chicago as Commissioner for the Chicago Department of Aviation. Working there until 2008, she took charge of many CEO duties, which included the operation of Chicago O’Hare International Airport and Midway International Airport that host a combined total of almost one million aircrafts per year. Today, Nuria Fernandez holds the title of Senior Vice President of CH2M Hill, Inc., an engineering, construction, and operations firm. Throughout the past few years, she has taken initiative on several business expansions within CH2M Hill’s Latin American and European markets, which is a multi-billion dollar industry.