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Marie Cerda Designer

Boston native Marie Cerda holds a special title at ODOT: Designer. In fact, she’s the department’s one and only.Marie Cerda

If you work in Central Office, or in select districts, chances are where you sit and how you move about your office space was her doing.

Trained in residential and commercial design at Hood College in Maryland, Cerda began her career 15 years ago at a private contract furniture dealership in Cleveland. She joined ODOT in 2003.

Cerda says her job is more about creating a functional workspace than making work areas look nice, “although that’s important, too,” she said.

When she’s not at work, Cerda is a competitive runner and spinning instructor.

Having placed in the top third at the LA Marathon in 2011, the top 20 at the ‘Out Run Autism’ race in Columbus and the top 100 at the ‘St. Patrick’s Day Run’ in Dublin, Cerda says she’s “still not broken.”

“Running is my little outlet,” she said.