Bachelor of Arts, Colby College

Masters in City Planning, Harvard University
Ph.D. in Planning, University of Hawaii

Fellow, American Institute of Certified Planners

With SSFM Since 2008

Cheryl Soon, Ph.D, FAICP

Transportation Practice Leader
Strategic Services Group

Cheryl joined SSFM in 2008 as manager of the firm’s Planning Group. A distinguished career in both the public and private sectors led to Cheryl being named a Fellow in the American Institute of Certified Planners, the highest honor available for a professional planner.

Cheryl’s professional experiences for Hawaii’s public agencies have helped shape the character and quality of the Islands. She was Director of the Department of Transportation Services for the City & County of Honolulu, Chief Planning Officer for the City & County of Honolulu, Deputy Director for Highways, State of Hawaii, Department of Transportation and Executive Director of the Oahu Metropolitan Planning Organization. Within the private sector Cheryl has held senior management positions with major Island planning firms.

Cheryl’s key interests at SSFM are to expand the firms work with public and private clients on multiple fronts with an emphasis on moving projects beyond planning and into delivery. These include implementing complete streets and smart growth, identifying workable solutions that can move planning visions into action and implementation, adaptation to climate change and disaster/resiliency. She is committed to Hawai‘i’s communities and using planning as a tool for economic advancement, civic engagement, and discourse.

Michael P. Matsumoto, P.E., FACEC


Mike joined SSFM International in 1968 as a newly graduated structural engineer. In 1976 he was appointed principal. Through his tenure with the firm Mike has served as its Secretary, Treasurer and Chief Operating Officer. He was appointed SSFM’s President/CEO in 1997 and is currently responsible for all aspects of the firm’s practice. Under Mike’s leadership SSFM has experienced tremendous growth, with the addition of offices on all of the Islands and successful expansion throughout the Asia-Pacific region.

Mike’s professional experience includes management and design of structural and civil engineering projects within all of the firm’s markets, from the Diamond Head Terminal at Honolulu International Airport, Interstate and the H-1 Keehi Interchange, to resort projects such as the Four Seasons Hotel and Sheraton Redevelopment on Maui.

As a certified organizational and technical peer reviewer. Mike has conducted peer reviews of engineering firms for the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC), the Council of American Structural Engineers (CASE), and the Structural Engineers Risk Management Council (SERMC).

Master of Science, Civil Engineering
University of Illinois

Bachelor of Science,Civil Engineering
University of Hawaii

Professional Engineer, Structural Engineering, Hawaii, #2974-C

Professional Engineer, Civil Engineering, Guam, #843

Professional Engineer, Civil Engineering; Structural Engineering, Commonwealth of Northern Marianna Islands, #209

With SSFM Since 1968