Meet Chris and Julie
We specialize in bringing the public into sophisticated dialogue about transportation, land use, and economic issues. Creative methods for conveying complex information, ability to clearly articulate differences in perspectives, and decades of experience negotiating workable solutions characterize our public engagement strategies. Based in Lane County, we are a local partnership of two women who hold 60 years of combined experience in the fields of land use, transportation, and economics.
Christian L. Watchie
Christian L. Watchie with Cogito has worked since 1994 developing innovative transportation options programs, successful strategic planning processes, and fresh approaches to engage the public in land use and transportation decisions. Her work in transportation policy, planning, and development has led to creation of regional and state models for student transit pass programs, congestion mitigation outreach, expansion of transportation options individualized marketing programs (SmartTrips), and multimodal connectivity strategies. Christian is a graduate of Huxley College of the Environment with a degree in Environmental Planning and Public Policy.
Julie with Fischer Consulting excels in managing public involvement projects related to land use and transportation. She creatively guides public and private organizations to clear outcomes. A resident of Oregon since 1987, Julie has a vast network of trusting relationships with a wide variety of advocacy organizations and public agencies. With 30+ years in public involvement, land use and transportation planning, Julie understands how to involve diverse interests, facilitate efficient decision-making, interpret local, state, and federal rules and regulations, bridge the gap between technical experts and the public, and deliver a successful product on time and on budget. Julie has a Masters Degree from the University of Oregon in Urban and Regional Planning.