New York Chapter

Welcome to COMTO New York

COMTO was created to provide a forum for senior minority professionals in the transportation industry.

Leadership

  • Richard Watson

    President

    Richard Watson

    President

    Richard is the Senior Director, Labor and Employee Relations at the Metropolitan Transportation Authority of NY.  He is responsible for providing expert advice to managerial staff on a wide range of workforce issues for the largest mass transportation network in the country with 70,000 employees, and over 30 union contracts with 80 plus bargaining units for represented employees.

    Richard has more than three decades of ever-increasing experience in transportation. He has contributed to a wide range of MTA agency-wide enterprises including service delivery, employee and labor relations, policy development, collective bargaining, and conflict/dispute resolution.

    Richard possesses an impressive record of working effectively with executive leadership, senior management, and labor union officials on strategies to achieve cost savings and greater operational efficiency. He has a long record of successfully handling highly sensitive and complex workplace issues. 

    Richard's tenure at the MTA includes serving in several managerial and leadership roles. He was the Director of Administration and Field Operations at NYC Transit; Labor Relations Representative at Metro-North Railroad; Program Manager, Administration, and Labor at MTA Business Service Center; and Manager, Employee and Labor Relations at MTA-HQ. 

    Richard was awarded the MTA Chairman's Susan L. Kupferman Award for Excellence in Public Service. And, as president of COMTO-NY, he led the chapter's efforts to be recognized nationally and received the - Best Community Engagement Award.

    Richard is a graduate of CUNY.  He holds an MBA in Organizational Effectiveness; a Master's in Public Administration and Urban Planning and Policy; and a Bachelor's in Liberal Arts.

  • Yvette Janniere-Houlder

    At-Large Member

    Yvette Janniere-Houlder

    At-Large Member

    Yvette Janniere-Houlder is an accomplished, business leader and change agent with more than 30 years of experience in the Transportation Industry including aviation, bus and rail in both the private and public sectors. She has a record of achievement driving strategic organizational improvement efforts aligned with technology and business goals. She currently serves as the Lead Program Manager, Enterprise Applications at the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) New York State.

    Ms. Janniere-Houlder holds a Bachelor of Science in Management Information Systems from York College, is a Certified Project Management Professional through the Project Management Institute and holds a Master of Business Administration from Fordham University.

    She enjoys volunteering, mentoring, traveling and spending time with her family. She has been an active member of the Conference of Minority Transportation Officials (COMTO) for 10 years serving in several roles for the New York Chapter including Treasurer, Executive Vice President, President and Advisory Board Member. She has also served on the COMTO National Historically Underutilized Business Sub-Committee.

    Ms. Janniere-Houlder is also a member of the following professional organizations; Women Transportation Seminar (WTS); Project Management Institute (PMI); National Association of Professional Women (NAPW); former Vice Chair Summit Academy Charter School Board and is a member of the Uniondale Bond Oversight Committee which is responsible for overseeing a $158M Bond to upgrade and expand the schools of the Uniondale Union Free School District.

    COMTO has been an immeasurable value add to my personal and professional growth and has allowed me many opportunities to encourage and empower others to also reach beyond their comfort zones and join the journey. I look forward to continuing COMTO’s 50-year legacy committed to fighting for social justice and equity for minority individuals and small businesses within the transportation industry.

  • Ivoire Lloyd

    Secretary

  • Lisa Santoro

    Treasurer

    Lisa Santoro

    Treasurer

    As HNTB’s New York Office Sales Leader and Associate Vice President, Lisa Santoro guides essential project pursuits, leads strategic planning efforts, and manages a comprehensive sales portfolio that includes the city’s and state’s most significant transportation agencies.  A New York City native and accredited urban planner, Lisa possesses deep transportation industry connections, an innate ability to quickly establish excellent working relationships with clients and colleagues, and an enduring commitment to her fellow New Yorkers. She has 15+ years of experience in the transportation industry,  most recently serving as Business Director of a global engineering consultancy before joining HNTB.

    Lisa has been Director-at-Large on the Women’s Transportation Seminar (WTS) Greater NY Chapter Board from 2020 through 2023. She is dedicated to mentoring younger female professionals in the industry where women are underrepresented. She previously served as co-chair of the WTS-GNY Mentoring Program, a year-long program for women with mid-level transportation profession experience.

    Lisa was accepted into the 2018 NYU Rudin Center Emerging Leaders in Transportation Program. She actively participates in other industry organizations, including the American Planning Association (APA), the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC), The New York Building Congress (NYBC), New York the Metropolitan Rail Club of NY, and the Council of Minority Transportation Officials (COMTO), where she has served as a NY Chapter Board Member and Treasurer since 2023.

    She is an industry change-maker, selected as a member of the Leadership APTA (American Public Transportation Association) class of 2023.

  • Jonathan Feldman

    Vice President of Buses

  • Gregory Bradley

    Vice President of Business Development

    Gregory Bradley

    Vice President of Business Development

    Gregory Bradley is Principal of Bradley Consulting & Training (BC&T). BC&T provides human capital training and consulting services to companies, organizations, professionals and entrepreneurs. Greg, a lawyer, professor and former human resources transportation executive, has over 25 years of experience in human resources management, training and development, employee relations, labor relations, diversity management, conflict resolution and workplace mediation. Greg is a member of COMTO-New York, serves as Chair of the COMTO-New York Professional Development Committee and a recipient of the Thomas G. Neusom Founders Award (2009).

  • Reginald Baron

    Vice President of Ports

  • Alesia Cain

    Vice President of Communications

    Alesia Cain

    Vice President of Communications

    Alesia Cain is the Director of Technology and Business Consulting at Marine Tiger Technologies providing strategic business and management consulting for public sector agencies with a concentration in transportation and public transit. Ms. Cain has over 30 years of technology management experience, of which 18 years was at Hampton Roads Transit (HRT) in Norfolk, Virginia where she was the Chief Information Officer (CIO), Chief Technology Officer (CTO) and Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) overseeing all aspects of Enterprise Information Technology (IT) and Operational Technology (OT). Ms. Cain serves as Vice Chair of the American Public Transportation Association (APTA) Research and Technology (R&T) Committee, Chair of the APTA Technology Standards Policy and Planning Committee (SPPC) and is a Board Member for the Intelligent Transportation Society of Virginia (ITSVA).

  • Terence Banks

    Legislative Chair

    Terence Banks

    Legislative Chair

    Mr. Banks is the Legislative Chair for the Conference of Minority Transportation Officials, New York Chapter (COMTO-NY).  He has 23 years as a committed leader in urban transportation and infrastructure with New York City Transit.  Mr. Banks is responsible for the safe expedition of day to day subway train movement, including scheduling, train cleanliness, emergency response, customer communications on board and station public announcements and policy enforcement. Mr. Banks sits on the  membership committee and the gala committee of the esteemed One Hundred Black Men Inc., an organization that implements programs designed to improve the quality of life for African Americans and other minorities.  In 2013, Councilman I. Daneek Miller appointed Mr. Banks to serve as a Community Board member in the eastern part of Queens and to serve as co-chair of the Youth and Education Committee for Queens Community Board 13. Mr. Banks also  formed The Pearl Group, a collective of diverse professionals whose goal is to enhance the social, educational, and economic status in underserved communities leveraging collective power and pooling resources together – promoting the motto “there is strength in numbers”.

  • Linda Yarbrough

    Membership Chair

  • Albert Culler

    Scholarship Chair

    Albert Culler

    Scholarship Chair

    Albert Culler is the General Superintendent for the Service Delivery Transportation Operations group at New York City Transit one of six agencies of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA). He has over 30 years of transportation industry experience.

Scholarship Program


CONGRATULATIONS to our Recipients

 

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We believe that diversity moves the nation.

We believe that the leadership of a massive industry that has the responsibility of transporting all people all the time should reflect the complex mosaic of those they serve. We believe that commitment to inclusion across race, gender, age, religion, identity and experience moves us forward every day.