Matthew Holden is a data scientist on the Transportation Demand Management team at Wells and Associates with a background in urban planning, environmental research, and geospatial analysis. His work seeks to turn raw data into meaningful, impactful insights that lead to smarter choices and strategies for transportation-related behavior change. Before joining Wells + Associates, Matthew spent six years at the District of Columbia Office of Zoning as a cartographer and data manager, designing web maps, and managing the DC Zoning Map.
Matthew believes that no one should be reliant on one single mode of transportation to get to their destination and believes providing real options and alternatives to single occupancy vehicles is a crucial matter for both equity and sustainability.
Q + A
- How do you get to work?
- I split my time between the Silver Spring and Tysons Office and live near Downtown DC in Dupont Circle. On Silver Spring days, I can walk one block and catch the S9 Metrobus, which is an express route directly to Silver Spring. Luckily our office is right next to the bus station, so this is pretty convenient. For Tysons days, I use Capital Bikeshare to bike to the Farragut West Metro Station and take the Silver Line out to Tysons where I then walk the rest of the way.
- Plane, train, car, or bike?
- For getting around town – bike. At least in DC it’s the fastest and cheapest way to travel. For traveling further, you can’t beat the train. Taking Amtrak’s Empire Builder from Washington to Portland, Oregon is one of the best trips I’ve ever gone on.
- Describe your ideal weekend.
- Going to the farmer’s market in late August or early September during peak heirloom tomato season and cooking a huge dinner with friends.
- Favorite place to travel?
- I’m much more of a city tourist than a relaxed, beach vacation sort of person. I always want to visit a new city and see as much of it as possible by just walking from neighborhood to neighborhood. That said, Montreal’s diversity, scenery, and food scene make it particularly charming.
- Favorite film?
- Clue. You’d think it would fail on the gimmick of adapting a board game to film alone but it’s the perfect farce, a killer ensemble, and the multiple endings are a treat.
- Master of Arts, Geography, George Washington University
- Bachelor of Arts, Geography and Religion, University of Mary Washington
- Certificate in Geographic Information Science (GIS), University of Mary Washington