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The 13th Annual Celebrating Women Who Move the Nation Awards Breakfast will take place on
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CWWMN Annoucement

 

The 13th Annual COMTO Celebrating Women Who Move the Nation (CWWMN) Awards Breakfast will take place on Wednesday, April 10, at the Smithsonian American Art Museum and National Portrait Gallery.

The Conference of Minority Transportation Officials (COMTO) has announced the 10 women who will be honored this year for their outstanding leadership and exemplary dedication to the transportation industry. This highly anticipated event uplifts women across modes and sectors who have positively contributed to the transportation industry. Attended by a sold-out audience of National leaders since its inception, the CWWMN Awards breakfast has become an annual highlight for the transportation industry. Tickets and sponsorship opportunities can be purchased at https://members.comtonational.org/page/CWWMN2024.

In observance of Women's History Month, to date, COMTO has inducted 142 women into its Celebrating Women Who Move the Nation signature class of leaders in the transportation industry. The honorees encompass a diverse spectrum of multi-modal transportation, spanning both the public and private sectors. These women embody excellence – despite their various areas of influence and affiliations, the significance of their contributions to advance and fortify our nation's infrastructure is unparalleled.

 

2024 COMTO Women Who Move the Nation Honoree

  • Monica Backmon, CEO, Northern Virginia Transportation Authority
  • Donna Berry, Deputy Director of Project Delivery and Chief Engineer, California Department of Transportation
  • Veronica Davis, Director, Transportation and Drainage Operations, City of Houston Public Works
  • Dr. Shelley Francis, Co-Founder, Managing Partner, EVNoire
  • Gloria Frank, Chief of Police, Port Authority New York, New Jersey
  • Carmencita Mitchell, Chairwoman of the Board to the Palm Tran Service Board, and Professor, Palm Beach State College
  • Rear Admiral, Ann C. Phillips, Administrator, U.S. Maritime Administration
  • Yovannie Rodriguez, Executive Vice President, Chief Administrative Officer, Greater Orlando Aviation Authority
  • Charlotte Shaw, Executive Director/CEO, MAX Transit, Birmingham Jefferson County Transit Authority
  • Janice R. Thomas, Deputy Executive Director, External Affairs, METRA

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2023 Honorees

  • Henrika Buchanan

    Vice President, National Practice Consultant, Transit/Rail Market Sector

    Henrika Buchanan

    Vice President, National Practice Consultant, Transit/Rail Market Sector

    As a transportation executive, Henrika uses her expertise to help HNTB’s clients across the country make connections possible. She helps shape the future of mobility by co-creating solutions for equitable transportation projects that build thriving communities. She’s passionate about connecting people to larger transportation networks, good paying jobs and more opportunities.

    For more than 23 years, Henrika has served the transportation industry, including more than 20 years of experience at the Federal Transit Administration. She provides strategic advice to clients using her federal expertise in major capital project oversight, transit safety regulations, federal transportation policy, and federal transportation funding programs. She also represents the firm on the corporate business councils of the U.S. Conference of Mayors and the African American Mayors Association.

    Henrika served as the associate administrator of Safety and Oversight at FTA. There she led the development and implementation of the Public Transportation Agency Safety Plan Regulation, which established the regulatory framework for implementing safety management systems and revolutionized how transit safety is managed. Henrika also served as the associate administrator of Program Management. She was responsible for administering a 12-billion-dollar annual formula and competitive funding program and the federal oversight of more than $117 billion in Capital Investment Grant program agreements with transit agencies nationwide.

    Henrika has frequently been recognized for her work. For her sustained career achievements, Henrika received the Presidential Rank Award, the highest honor bestowed by the President of the United States upon senior executives. Henrika also received the gold medal from the U.S. Department of Transportation for her leadership and support of transit systems during the COVID-19 Pandemic. She also has been recognized for her philanthropy toward her alma mater. She is currently Alabama A&M University’s, Alumna of the Year and chairperson of the President’s Alumni Advisory Council.

    Henrika resides in Alexandria, Virginia. Her hero is her father, Henry Buchanan. She received her bachelor’s in political science and master’s in urban planning from Alabama A&M University. She received her law degree from Georgetown University.

  • Veronica Castro de Barrera

    Chair, Board of Directors, Austin Transit Partnership

    Veronica Castro de Barrera

    Chair, Board of Directors, Austin Transit Partnership

    Veronica Castro de Barrera is a visionary architect who has devoted her career to designing and managing public investments for more walkable, equitable urban environments that foster complete transit-friendly communities. As the founding principal of VCdB Architecture& Art, an Austin-based design consulting firm, Veronica has earned recognition for her compassionate and innovative approach to architecture and community development. Her work spans over 25 years and includes an extensive portfolio of civic projects with a specific focus on the architecture of mobility. She has led the transit studio teams for a national design-build firm and partnered with engineers and artists to design, document, and implement transit programs and active mobility investments in Austin, San Antonio, Dallas, Fort Worth, and St. Louis, among others.

    Veronica is a licensed architect, an accredited LEED professional and a member of the American Institute of Architects and the Texas Society of Architects. Her commitment to sustainable transportation and social equity is reflected in her volunteer work with several community organizations and initiatives, such as AIA Austin and the Congress for new urbanism. She was appointed to serve as the board chair of the Austin Transit Partnership, responsible for implementing the voter-approved $7.1 billion investment for a comprehensive public transit program.

    Veronica’s love for her family and community has inspired her to champion environmental stewardship, leading her family to participate in the U.S. Department of Energy research conducted by the Pecan Street Research Laboratory since 2011. Her family was featured in the book “Footprint,” which showcased environmental initiatives in ten cities worldwide, including Austin, and was presented by the French government at the United Nations Conference of the Parties (COP 21) in 2015. The book highlighted Veronica’s family as a positive example of individual efforts to address the effects of climate change.

    Veronica’s dedication to creating more walkable and inclusive communities inspires others. She regularly speaks on the topic and has served as a panelist throughout the United States and Mexico. Her compassion, innovation, and expertise continue to shape public investments toward more humanizing cities and providing access to opportunities that benefit vulnerable communities.

  • Cynthia Guidry

    Director, Long Beach Airport

    Cynthia Guidry

    Director, Long Beach Airport

    Nicely nestled in Southern California as an award-winning airport with a unique open-air concourse, LGB is served by a handful of commercial carriers and is also one of the busiest general aviation airports in the country. LGB prides itself on providing fresh, new facilities and amenities, bringing ease of travel to its customers. Ms. Guidry and her team will lead the next phase of improvements, adding to the respected legacy of LGB.

    Ms. Guidry is a Professional Engineer licensed by the State of California and has 30 years of planning, engineering, and professional experience working for the City of Los Angeles, 18 years with Los Angeles World Airports, with several years as Deputy Executive Director of Planning and Development Group.

    She also serves on the Board of Directors for the California Transportation Foundation (CTF) and the Los Angeles Chapter of Women’s Transportation Seminar (WTS). She is a member of the Airport Minority Advisory Council (AMAC) Airport Leadership Collective. Ms. Guidry holds an MBA from Pepperdine University and a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of California at Irvine (UCI).

  • Captain Zeita Merchant

    Sector Commander, U.S. Coast Guard Sector New York

    Captain Zeita Merchant

    Sector Commander, U.S. Coast Guard Sector New York

    Captain Zeita Merchant assumed command in May 2021 and directs all Coast Guard missions in the Port of New York and New Jersey. She is responsible for ensuring the safety and security of one of the Nation’s busiest and most economically important port complexes. Sector New York’s area of responsibility spans over 6,000 square miles from 200 miles offshore and inland to Albany, NY, and includes facilities and waterways moving hundreds of billions of dollars in cargo and tens of millions of passengers annually. Prior to joining Sector New York as Deputy Sector Commander in 2020, Captain Merchant was a National Security Fellow at Harvard University’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs.

    Enjoying over 25 years of active-duty service, Captain Merchant is a recognized authority in maritime safety and security and crisis management. She has served in various assignments at the operational and executive levels and has been certified as one of the Coast Guard’s top emergency Managers leading large-scale, multi-jurisdictional incident responses across the Nation.

    Captain Merchant holds a Doctor of Business Administration and Master of Quality Systems Management from the National Graduate School at New England Institute of Business, as well as a Master of Public Administration from George Washington University and a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Tougaloo College. In addition, she is a graduate of the Harvard Kennedy School of Government’s Executive Education Leadership in Homeland Security Course and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Seminar XXI National Security and Foreign Affairs Fellow.

    In addition to her military service, she is a devoted civil leader, lecturer and board executive who has been honored with numerous professional, academic, and community service awards, including the 2023 BEYA Stars and Stripes STEM Award, the 2022 Sailing for Scholars Founders Award, the New York City’s 2021 Women in Service Award, 2019 Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration Outstanding Achievement in Public Service and a host of others.

  • Raquel Olivier

    President/CEO, Olivier, Inc., Link Transportation Corporation

    Raquel Olivier

    President/CEO, Olivier, Inc., Link Transportation Corporation

    Raquel Olivier, a native Houstonian, is the Founder and President/CEO of Olivier, Inc. (MWSDBE), a professional consulting firm supporting the construction and operational sectors in the public transit, aviation, and educational industries. Ms. Olivier received her dual undergraduate degree from the University of Houston with a BBA in Accounting and Management (Cum Laude) and obtained her CPA license in 1997 from the State of Texas. She also holds an MBA from Texas A&M University’s Executive program. Her career spanning three decades, began while working in high school at Exxon (now ExxonMobil), Controller’s department in downtown Houston, where she earned two internships and scholarships. She then interned at Price Waterhouse LLP and worked in the international tax Services and Audit departments, where she traveled abroad and throughout the US. The experience fueled her ambition and drive, but her passion to positively impact her community led her to found a value-added, solution-focused firm that provides career opportunities to individuals who may not have been given the option.

    Ms. Olivier started her CPA practice in 2002 and in 2009, she incorporated Olivier, Inc. with a vision of building an organization with workforce development, customer experience, and quality assurance delivery as its core focus. As her transit industry knowledge, relationships, and experience expanded, she founded Link Transportation Corporation in 2020. Link is a micro-transit operations company currently serving Dallas Area Rapid Transit, where her team touts a 4.9/5.0 customer service rating since its inception.

    Ms. Olivier serves on the American Public Transportation Association (APTA) Board, APTA’s Business Member Board of Governors (BMBG) as 2nd Vice Chair, and was recently appointed to the APTA Foundation (APTF) as Vice Chair. She also serves in the Conference of Minority Transportation Officials (COMTO) North Texas Chapter as Vice President of Programs. In 2021, Texas Governor Greg Abbott appointed her to the Texas Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners (TBVME). She is also a member of the Women’s Transportation Seminar (WTS), Airport Minority Advisory Council (AMAC), Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants (TSCPA), Texas Association of School Administrators (TASA), and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. (AKA).

  • Joanna M. Pinkerton P.E.

    President/CEO, Central Ohio Transit Authority

    Joanna M. Pinkerton P.E.

    President/CEO, Central Ohio Transit Authority

    Joanna M. Pinkerton is the President/CEO of the Central Ohio Transit Authority (COTA), the regional mobility organization providing services to Columbus and Central Ohio. With a service area covering 562 square miles across five counties serving 1.4 million residents, COTA employs more than 1,000 team members and provided more than 19 million passenger trips in 2019. Since joining COTA in April 2018, Joanna has focused on organizational transformation— delivering innovative mobility solutions in response to a rapidly growing community and changing customer preferences, as well as addressing equity issues with the physical and digital mobility needs of many residents.

    Joanna joined COTA with more than 20 years in the engineering and transportation industries. Prior to COTA, she served as the Chief Operations Officer at the Transportation Research Center Inc., the nation’s largest independent automotive proving ground and vehicle development and testing center—and home to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) Vehicle Research Test Center. Her previous experience also includes leadership roles with The Ohio State University, as the Senior Associate Director of The Ohio State University Center for Automotive Research as well as the Co-Director of the Honda-Ohio State Partnership, the nation’s largest industry-academic-based partnership. She also served at the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT), where she was responsible for targeting transportation investments to support economic growth in the manufacturing and tech sectors in Ohio. Joanna holds a Bachelor of Science in civil engineering and is a professionally licensed engineer in Ohio.

  • Lynda Tran

    Director of Public Engagement & Senior Advisor, U.S. Department of Transportation

    Lynda Tran

    Director of Public Engagement & Senior Advisor, U.S. Department of Transportation

    Lynda Tran is a longtime organizer and communicator. Over more than two decades of experience across politics, policy, and communications, Lynda has helped launch national and international initiatives, shaped the narrative around historic moments, and built and scaled groundbreaking organizations.

    An Obama Administration political appointee and DOT veteran, she co-founded consulting firm 270 Strategies, where she developed public engagement strategies for clients across the globe – including the Environmental Defense Fund, Oxfam America, United Way Worldwide, Families Against Mandatory Minimums (FAMM), the Black Economic Alliance, the Economic Security Project, Ready for Hillary, OneVoice, D.C. Public Schools, and some of the country most-watched congressional and gubernatorial races. Until her return to public service, she served on the Board of Advisors for political tech incubator Higher Ground Labs and for Battleground Texas and was most recently a senior strategist for Breakthrough Energy, Bill Gates’ network of climate-focused funds and campaigns.

    A CBS News Political Contributor and columnist during the 2016, 2018, and 2020 cycles and frequent commentator, Lynda has regularly appeared in major national and international media.

  • Denise Turner Roth

    Advisory National Business Line Executive, WSP, USA

    Denise Turner Roth

    Advisory National Business Line Executive, WSP, USA

    Denise Turner Roth is the first woman and the first African American woman to lead a business line at WSP, USA. She directs the firm’s strategic advisory services across all market sectors. Denise is responsible for integrating the firm’s technical expertise in planning, engineering, program/construction management and operations with the strategic thinking owners, developers, and operators needed to deliver infrastructure programs and projects successfully.

    Beyond this work, Denise has supported the creation of WSP’s Diversity and Inclusion strategic plan; created an Equity Center of Excellence, where she serves as the director growing to infuse equity principals in WSP’s marque work and projects; and served as executive sponsor for the creation of gold standard playbook on labor workforce— a joint effort with Accelerator for America—providing a practical guide for putting an increasing presence of BIPOC infrastructure and transportation roles.

    Throughout her 20+ years of public service, Denise has held leadership positions at the federal and local government levels championing strong community development. Prior to joining WSP, Denise led the General Services Administration (GSA) from March 2015 to January 2017 as an appointee of former President Barack Obama and was confirmed by the US Senate. Denise led a workforce of 12,000 full-time employees with responsibility for a $27 billion budget that supported the agency’s public buildings, federal acquisition and technology services programs.

    Denise’s career in public service began on Capitol Hill, serving two Congresspeople. She also served as public space manager for the District of Columbia Department of Transportation and then as the City Manager for the City of Greensboro, NC. Her leadership helped pave the way for investments in multi-modal transportation, including sidewalks and local transit.

    Committed to infrastructure not being developed in isolation, throughout her career, Denise has created opportunities for infrastructure to be designed and planned in coordination with creating improved access and quality of life investments. She is a bold leader strengthening all modes of transportation while leveraging her extensive public and private experience to support public transportation development and solutions.

  • Veronica Vanterpool

    Deputy Administrator, Federal Transit Administration, U.S. Department of Transportation

    Veronica Vanterpool

    Deputy Administrator, Federal Transit Administration, U.S. Department of Transportation

    Veronica Vanterpool was appointed Deputy Administrator of the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) in May 2022 after serving as Senior Advisor to the Administrator since August 2021. She works directly with FTA Administrator Nuria Fernandez to advance the goals of the Biden-Harris Administration and policy objectives of U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg.

    Deputy Administrator Vanterpool coordinates and provides executive and strategic direction on FTA’s focus areas, including safety, equity, workforce development, climate change and innovation. She represents FTA in several forums and working groups, including serving as the agency representative for the White House Interagency Policy Council on Puerto Rico, the Joint Office of Energy and Transportation and the USDOT Sustainability Officer’s Council.

    Vanterpool joined the FTA from Delaware Transit Corporation, where she served as its first chief innovation Officer. During her tenure, she launched the state’s first on-demand microtransit service in a rural community and also launched and managed Delaware’s first autonomous transit shuttle demonstration program.

    Deputy Administrator Vanterpool draws upon 16 years of experience in advocacy, policy, media communications, public outreach, coalition building and issue campaigns.

    She is the former Deputy Director of the national Vision Zero Network and Executive Director of the New York City-based Tri-State Transportation Campaign. Deputy Administrator Vanterpool also served on the board of New York’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority by the nomination of former New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio.

    In December 2022, Deputy Administrator Vanterpool completed the inaugural Presidential Leadership Workshop of the Biden-Harris Administration, a five-month leadership development program for senior-level political appointees serving in the Administration.

    She co-founded the Delaware WTS Chapter, where she remains an active member, and served as the chapter’s first president. In addition, she is a member of Latinos in Transit, the DC Chapter of COMTO and Board Member Emeritus of the Bronx River Alliance, which serves to protect and preserve the Bronx River, NYC’s only freshwater river. She is a native New Yorker of Puerto Rican descent born and raised in the Bronx. She is a proud mom of a 2022 Rutgers University graduate working in the supply chain/logistics sector.

  • Inez Evans

    President/CEO, IndyGo

    Inez Evans

    President/CEO, IndyGo

    Inez Evans was selected as IndyGo’s President and CEO in the summer of 2019, becoming the first black woman President and CEO of the transit agency. Evans manages an agency of more than 800 employees and a fleet of more than 280 vehicles, averaging five million trips annually (nine million pre-COVID).

    In 2022, Evans was named the Women’s Transportation Seminar (WTS) International Woman of the Year. Following that honor, she was named to the WTS International Board, where she sits on various committees. Evans also serves as a board member for the American Public Transportation Association (APTA) and is a committee member for Leadership APTA, a program that grooms transit professionals aspiring to become leaders within their organizations.

    In 2021 Evans received an Honorary Doctorate from Miz CEO, a local institution focused on uplifting women in the community. Inez is dedicated to the IndyGo mission to connect our community to critical opportunities through safe, reliable and accessible mobility experiences and is a true trailblazer here in Indianapolis. She serves on the Indianapolis Arts Council Board of Directors and on its Diversity and Inclusion, Start for Art, and Governance committees. As the co-chair of the American Heart Association’s Circle for Red Committee, she champions heart health in her community and also sits on their Executive Leadership Committee. She also serves on the Keep Indianapolis Beautiful (KIB) Board. Finally,

    Evans was appointed by Mayor Hogsett to the Greater Indianapolis Progress Committee Board of Directors in 2019. Evans is a wife and mother of four boys and calls Texas her home. In her free time, she enjoys working side by side with her husband at their Texas ranch, singing, gardening, and doing DIY projects.

2022 Honorees

  • Verdenia C. Baker

    Administrator, Palm Beach County

    Verdenia C. Baker

    Administrator, Palm Beach County

    Verdenia, a certified Government Financial Manager, was chosen as the Palm Beach County Administrator in 2015. She oversees 6,800 positions and balances a $6 billion budget. Palm Beach County is Florida’s third-largest county with a population of 1.5 million and growing. Notably, Palm Beach is one of four Florida counties and one of 50 counties nationally, achieving the AAA bond rating, critical for financial stability.

    Verdenia’s career with Palm Beach County began as a budget analyst in 1987. She demonstrates the ability to collaborate with strategic partners to enhance the quality of life for residents and businesses. Verdenia led negotiations in recruiting the Florida Scripps Research Institute to Palm Beach County, a foundation of the local biotechnology industry. Verdenia again was the leader in a voter-approved 2016 Infrastructure Sales Tax initiative, expected to generate $2.7 billion for new and renovated schools, roads and facilities over 10 years.

    Verdenia led initiatives such as the Mandatory Inclusionary Workforce Housing Program, Community Land Trust, re-implemented the small, minority and women business enterprise program in 2019, and the recently created Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.

    Verdenia is a part of national, state, local, professional, and community organizations and has received numerous accolades. While Verdenia’s acknowledgments span many years, her recognitions in 2021 include Florida’s Onyx Magazine’s one of 2021’s Women on the Move, honoring the state’s most impactful and influential women. The 2021 Leadership Heroes in Medicine Award from the Palm Beach County Medical Society in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. In July 2021, Verdenia became President of the Florida Association of County Managers, a collective body of all 67 counties in Florida.

    Verdenia holds a Master of Science Degree in Public Administration and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Rehabilitative Services, both from Florida State University.

    Verdenia is married to Joe, and they have two daughters, Jasmin, Shannee and a granddaughter, Lauren Nicole.

  • Muriel Bowser

    Mayor, Washington, DC

    Muriel Bowser

    Mayor, Washington, DC

    Muriel Bowser is committed to making sure every Washingtonian gets a fair shot in a growing and prosperous Washington, DC. Her administration is focused on making DC’s prosperity more inclusive, advancing DC values, and building safer, stronger, and healthier neighborhoods across DC’s eight wards.

    Washington, DC is unique in the American political system – the mayor, DC’s chief executive, functions as a governor, county executive, and mayor. Like governors, Mayor Bowser runs Medicaid, issues driver’s licenses, and has tax authority. Like county executives, Mayor Bowser runs the local jail, and, unlike most mayors, also oversees the public school system. In 2020, Washington, DC is home to 705,000 people across 68 square miles, has a AAA bond rating, and an annual budget of more than $15 billion.

    On November 6, 2018, Muriel Bowser became the first woman ever re-elected as the Mayor of Washington, DC and the first mayor to earn a second term in 16 years. Since taking office, the Mayor has taken bold steps to reset DC’s global and national competitiveness, speed up affordable housing production, diversify the DC economy, increase satisfaction in city services, and invest in programs and policies that allow more families to live and thrive in DC.

    In the past five years, Mayor Bowser has:

    • added more than 57,000 jobs, reduced unemployment by 28 percent, and increased DC Government’s annual spending with local businesses by $200 million;
    • chaired the National League of Cities Task Force on Housing, doubled the District’s annual investment in affordable housing, and set a bold goal to build 36,000 new homes by 2025;
    • transformed DC’s homeless services system, building small, service-enriched shelters across the city and bringing chronic homelessness to a 15-year low;
    • championed a wide range of family-friendly policies, including: raising the minimum wage to $15/hour, adding more than 1,000 new child care seats, and focusing the DC Government’s attention on improving maternal health outcomes;
    • delivered a new stadium for DC United (Major League Soccer) and a new arena for the Mystics (WNBA) that includes a practice facility for the Wizards (NBA);
    • deployed the first major city body-worn camera program;
    • collaborated with leaders from C40 cities around the world to advance the goals of the Paris Climate Agreement;
    • led diplomatic and economic development missions to China, Cuba, Israel, Canada, El Salvador, and Ethiopia; and
    • spearheaded the 2016 voter referendum on DC statehood, with more than 86 percent of voters approving of statehood.

    Prior to becoming Mayor in 2015, Bowser served as the Ward 4 Councilmember on the Council of the District of Columbia – first elected in a special election in 2007 and re-elected in 2008 and 2012. As a Councilmember, she served as the Chairwoman of the Committee on Economic Development which created more than 5,000 units of affordable housing, passed legislation to build the new soccer stadium, and secured from the federal government the best portion of the Walter Reed campus for DC. She also led her colleagues to pass comprehensive ethics reform and increased transparency in government contracting.

    Mayor Bowser earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from Chatham University and a Master’s degree in Public Policy from American University, and received honorary doctorates from Chatham University and Trinity University. With more than 20 years of experience in local government, she first entered elected office as an Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner in the Riggs Park neighborhood.

  • Alva Carrasco

    President, Latinos In Transit Board of Directors; Vice President – Transit & Rail National Business Line, West Regional Market Lead, WSP USA

    Alva Carrasco

    President, Latinos In Transit Board of Directors; Vice President – Transit & Rail National Business Line, West Regional Market Lead, WSP USA

    Alva Carrasco is the President of Latinos In Transit (LIT), a non-profit organization dedicated to advancing Latinos and other minorities in the transportation field. Alva has been a LIT Board Member since its inception in 2016. She helped to build the organization from the bottom up. Under her leadership, LIT’s membership has exponentially grown and has forged partnerships with multiple public and private industry organizations such as COMTO and the Transit Research Board (TRB).

    Alva is also the Vice President – Transit and Rail National Business Line’s West Region Market Lead at WSP USA. She is responsible for business development in the West and Southwest Regions of the United States. She also oversees multiple projects assisting transit service providers in transitioning fossil fuels to zero-emission vehicles.

    Alva has over 30 years of experience working in the transit industry. She began her career in public transit as an entry-level administrative assistant and has worked her way up to various leadership and executive positions while furthering her education. She has dedicated her time in public transit to providing communities with clean alternative modes of transportation, reducing congestion, improving operational efficiencies, improving the customer experience, and workforce development in what she considers a “green-collar” industry. She has successfully managed multimillion-dollar projects and provided leadership to large workforce groups responsible for safely transporting millions of passengers at transit agencies such as Los Angeles Metro and VIA Metropolitan Transit in San Antonio, Texas.

    Alva is a graduate of San Jose State University/Mineta Transportation Institute. Alva graduated from the American Public Transportation Association (APTA) Leadership Class of 2002, is a two-time American Public Transportation Foundation recipient, and currently serves as an APTA Emerging Leaders Program National Mentor and TRB Minority Fellows Mentor. 

    Alva is a member of several industry committees, including the APTA Diversity & Inclusion Council, the TRB Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee, Transit Cooperative Research Program TOPS Council and the California Transit Association Inclusion Diversity Equity Association Task Force Vice-Chair.

  • Trenelle Doyle

    Founder & CEO, Go Girl Ride

    Trenelle Doyle

    Founder & CEO, Go Girl Ride

    Trenelle Doyle, the Funder of Go Girl Ride, is a person-centered safety authority committed to creating a lane in the rideshare industry that centers identity as its core value. With more than 15 years of service and operations experience, Trtenelle is not only an advocate; but a champion for transportation justice that is radical in its effort to “meet people where that are.

  • Latronia Durham

    President, Durham Transport

    Latronia Durham

    President, Durham Transport

    Latronia Durham is the President of Durham Transport. She is a native of Shreveport, Louisiana who loves family and has always had a fondness for trucks. After years in the oil field industry, that passion led her to educate herself on what it takes to start a business. Through the help of her mother, she was successful in obtaining a loan to purchase her first truck and becoming an owner-operator and a business owner.

    In 2016 she launched Durham Transport Express and despite the adversity, she managed to help make a major impact for women in the male-dominated Trucking Industry.

    In 2020 she purchased over 6 acres of land to become the home of a multifaceted company. In addition to her trucking company she has opened the first Family-Owned All African-American trucking school named Durham Transport Academy along with Durham Transport Parking, offering commercial parking, Durham Transport Logistics, dispatching freight and Durham Transport Tires, selling new commercial tires.

    Since then Latronia has become a partner of the Fair Share Program, African American Chamber of Commerce, Minority-Owned Women accreditation and has been selected to help collaborate with the 2022 Harvard Business School Field Immersion Course.

    In establishing her company her goal is to eliminate some of the struggles that she and her family endured along the way. Latronia’s mission is to provide jobs and create opportunities for individuals in pursuit of more lucrative careers.

  • Carole Hopson

    First Officer, Boeing 737 for United Airlines

    Carole Hopson

    First Officer, Boeing 737 for United Airlines

    Carole Hopson flies the Boeing 737 for United Airlines as a First Officer, based in Newark, NJ.

    After a remarkable 20-year career as a journalist and executive, she followed her dream to become a pilot and share her passion with others as a flight instructor while raising her family.
    Despite her success, Carole always yearned to follow a childhood passion. Walking away from executive-level positions, she went to flight school with enthusiasm and completed flight training at the peak of her corporate accomplishments.

    True to her roots as a writer, Carole has published her first novel, A Pair of Wings: A Novel Based on the Life of Pioneer Aviatrix Bessie Coleman, the first American to earn the French civilian pilot’s license

  • Ari Jolly

    Assistant General Counsel, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida; Chair, JTA Board of Directors

    Ari Jolly

    Assistant General Counsel, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida; Chair, JTA Board of Directors

    Ari Jolly is a Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida (Florida Blue) Assistant General Counsel. In this role, Ari is responsible for providing primary legal support to Florida Blue on governance, merger and acquisitions, and counsel to Investment and Corporate Development operations of the mutual holding enterprise. Ari also provides board governance support related to GuideWell Mutual Holding Corporation subsidiary and joint venture companies.

    Ari joined Florida Blue in 1993. Before joining Florida Blue, Ari practiced with the law firm of Rogers, Towers, Bailey, Jones and Gay in Jacksonville, Florida. Ari also served as an Officer in the United States Navy in the office of the Judge Advocate General from 1983 – 1990 and the recipient of a Navy Achievement Medal (1987).

    Throughout her career, Ari has been active in community and professional organizations. She is a member of the Florida and Jacksonville Bar and also serves on the boards of the Greater Jacksonville Area USO and the Naval Continuing Care Retirement Foundation, Inc. (Fleet Landing). In 2015, Ari became a gubernatorial appointee to the board of the Jacksonville Transportation Authority and currently serves as the Chair of that board. That year, Ari was also named as one of Northeast Florida’s Most Influential Women. In 2019, she was elected to the American Public Transportation Association’s Board of Directors. Ari also earned a seat on the Board of the Directors for the North Florida Transportation Planning Organization in 2020.

    Ari graduated from Jacksonville University (1983) and the Florida State College of Law (1990), with Highest Honors. While at the Florida State College of Law, Ari was an Associate Editor on the Law Review as well as a member of the Order of the Coif. Ari is also an honors graduate from the Naval Legal Justice School, Newport, Rhode Island (1984). Ari previously spoke on the topics of “Doing Blue Plan Alliances: Tales from the Front Lines” at the 2006 40th Annual BCBSA Lawyers Conference and “Doing Plan Alliances: Lessons Learned” at the 2007 41th BCBSA Lawyers Conference. She has also presented on the topics of Women Veterans and the Multicultural US Armed Forces.

  • Petra Mollet

    Vice President, Strategic and International Programs, American Public Transportation Association

    Petra Mollet

    Vice President, Strategic and International Programs, American Public Transportation Association

    Petra Mollet is Vice President of Strategic and International Programs for the American Public Transportation Association (APTA). She leads APTA’s strategic and business planning, coordinates the Association’s international outreach and supports the Transit Board Members Committee and the Diversity and Inclusion Council, including implementing APTA’s Racial Equity Action Plan. She joined APTA in 2008 as Vice-President, Strategy and was Chief of Staff from 2012 to 2016.

    In a transportation career spanning over three decades, she is driven by the potential of sustainable mobility to improve lives and transform communities. She is continuously inspired by the dedication of those who work in the field and is committed to applying her experience to amplify advances in public transportation, promoting equity and sustainability.

    Before her work at APTA, Petra was director of corporate development and the corporate office at the International Association of Public Transport (UITP) based in Brussels, Belgium. She led UITP’s worldwide expansion and external relations and supported the UITP Sustainable Development Program’s launch in 2001. Previously, Petra was the Executive Director of POLIS, an association of European local and regional transportation authorities that collaborated on applying Intelligent Transportation Systems and mobility integration.

    She is a graduate of the University of Virginia, with a Bachelor’s Degree in Foreign Affairs, and holds an Executive Master of Natural Resources from Virginia Tech.

  • Nancy Pelosi

    Speaker, U.S. House of Representatives

    Nancy Pelosi

    Speaker, U.S. House of Representatives

    Nancy Pelosi is the 52nd Speaker of the House of Representatives, having made history in 2007 when she was elected the first woman to serve as Speaker of the House. Now in her third term as Speaker, Pelosi made history again in January 2019 when she regained her position second-in-line to the presidency, the first person to do so in more than 60 years. As Speaker, Pelosi is fighting For The People, working to lower health care costs, increase workers’ pay through strong economic growth and rebuilding America, and clean up corruption to make Washington work for all.

    For 33 years, Speaker Pelosi has represented San Francisco, California’s 12th District, in Congress. She has led House Democrats for 16 years and previously served as House Democratic Whip. In 2013, she was inducted into the National Women’s Hall of Fame at a ceremony in Seneca Falls, the birthplace of the American women’s rights movement.

    Under the leadership of Pelosi, the 111th Congress was heralded as “one of the most productive Congresses in history” by Congressional scholar Norman Ornstein. President Barack Obama called Speaker Pelosi “an extraordinary leader for the American people,” and the Christian Science Monitor wrote: “…make no mistake: Nancy Pelosi is the most powerful woman in American politics and the most powerful House Speaker since Sam Rayburn a half-century ago.”

    Working in partnership with President Obama, Speaker Pelosi led House passage of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act in early 2009 to create and save millions of American jobs, provide relief for American families, and provide a tax cut to 95 percent of working Americans. With the House Democratic Caucus, Pelosi focuses on the need to create jobs in America and prevent them from being shipped overseas.

    Speaker Pelosi was the architect of the landmark Affordable Care Act, which guaranteed protections for all Americans with pre-existing medical conditions, ended annual and lifetime limits on health coverage, and provided affordable health coverage for tens of millions more Americans while lowering health care costs over the long term.

    In the 111th Congress, Speaker Pelosi also led the Congress in passing strong Wall Street reforms to rein in big banks and protect consumers and the Student Aid and Fiscal Responsibility Act, which expands educational opportunities and reforms the financial aid system to save billions of taxpayers’ dollars. Additional key legislation passed into law included the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act to restore the ability of women and all workers to access our judicial system to fight pay discrimination; legislation to provide health care for 11 million American children; national service legislation; and hate crimes legislation. In late 2010, Pelosi led the Congress in passing child nutrition and food safety legislation as well as repealing the discriminatory “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy, which prohibited gays and lesbians from serving openly in the military.

    As Speaker, Pelosi has made the climate crisis her flagship issue, enacting comprehensive energy legislation in 2007 that raised vehicle fuel efficiency standards for the first time in 32 years and making a historic commitment to American homegrown biofuels. In 2009, under her leadership, the House passed the landmark American Clean Energy and Security Act – a comprehensive bill to create clean energy jobs, combat the climate crisis, and transition America to a clean energy economy. The legislation was blocked by Republicans in the United States Senate but sent a strong signal to the world about the United States’ commitment to fighting the climate crisis.

    A leader on the environment at home and abroad, Pelosi secured passage of the “Pelosi amendment” in 1989, now a global tool to assess the potential environmental impacts of development. In San Francisco, Pelosi was the architect of legislation to create the Presidio Trust and transform the former military post into an urban national park.

    In continuing to push for accountability and transparency in government, under Speaker Pelosi, the House passed the toughest ethics reform legislation in the history of the Congress, including creating an independent ethics panel and increased accountability and transparency in House operations including earmark reforms. As Speaker, Pelosi led the fight to pass the DISCLOSE Act in the House, which fights a corporate takeover of U.S. elections and ensures additional disclosure; she continues to fight for this legislation today.

    Additional key accomplishments signed into law under the leadership of Speaker Pelosi include: an increase in the minimum wage for the first time in 10 years; the largest college aid expansion since the GI bill; a new GI education bill for veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars; and increased services for veterans, caregivers, and the Veterans Administration.

    As House Democratic Leader, Pelosi wrested critical legislative victories out of the GOP majority. In the 114th Congress, she spearheaded a historic bipartisan agreement to strengthen Medicare, ending the cycle of expensive “Doc Fix” patches and transitioning away from a volume-based system toward one that rewards value, ensures the accuracy of payments and improves the quality of care. Following the Iran Nuclear Agreement, Leader Pelosi orchestrated the effort that secured the votes to uphold a possible Presidential veto of Republicans’ effort to disapprove the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action.

    Pelosi’s strength at the negotiating table has consistently delivered significant funding increases for key Democratic priorities. In the FY 2016 omnibus, Pelosi won the permanent authorization of the World Trade Center Health Program and a massive five-year extension of expiring wind and solar renewable energy tax credits. In the FY 2018 omnibus, Pelosi won significant increases in vital domestic investments, including a $3.2 billion increase in opioid epidemic funding, a $3 billion increase for NIH medical research, and the largest single-year funding increase for Child Care Development Block Grants in the initiative’s history.

    In the face of the all-out-Republican onslaught against Americans’ health care, Leader Pelosi held House Democrats united through dozens of votes to repeal or undermine the Affordable Care Act – mobilizing a massive nationwide campaign to block House Republicans’ monstrous “Trumpcare” legislation. Under her leadership, House Democrats also unanimously opposed the GOP tax scam for the rich.

    Pelosi comes from a strong family tradition of public service. Her late father, Thomas D’Alesandro Jr., served as Mayor of Baltimore for 12 years after representing the city for five terms in Congress. Her brother, Thomas D’Alesandro III, also served as Mayor of Baltimore. She graduated from Trinity College in Washington, DC. She and her husband, Paul Pelosi, a Francisco native, have five grown children and nine grandchildren.

  • Melissa Rolle-Scott

    Transit Section Chief, Office of Safety & Security, Miami-Dade Department of Transportation & Public Works

    Melissa Rolle-Scott

    Transit Section Chief, Office of Safety & Security, Miami-Dade Department of Transportation & Public Works

    Melissa Rolle-Scott is a U.S. Department of Transportation Dwight D. Eisenhower Transportation Fellow with 30 years of experience in the mass transportation (bus, rail and automated guideway) industry. She currently serves as the Transit Section Chief in the Office of Safety & Security for the Miami-Dade County (MDC) Department of Transportation & Public Works (DTPW). She is responsible for providing leadership in the planning and directing of Internal Audits. She is the department’s liaison for safety-related state and federal audits.

    Ms. Rolle-Scott has provided leadership in several divisions of the Miami-Dade DTPW, which includes: Safety & Security: Transit Services Administration; Maintenance Control; Customer Service; and the Automated Fare Collection System. Before joining DTPW, she worked as an Industrial Engineer for Martin Marietta Denver Aerospace.

    Ms. Rolle-Scott is very active in the transportation industry. She currently serves on the National Board of the Conference of Minority Transportation Officials (COMTO). She also serves on the COMTO Scholarship, CITY Internship and Industry Awards committees. Locally, she serves as an At-Large Member of the COMTO Miami Chapter Board. She has also served as a Transit Research Innovative Program Ambassador and several TCRP Research Panels. She is a 2002–2003 graduate of the Leadership American Public Transit Association (APTA) and serves on APTA Committees.

    Ms. Rolle-Scott contributes to her community’s well-being in numerous ways. She is an MDC Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) mentor and has volunteered as a KAPOW teacher and SECME judge at various schools. She also serves on MDC’s Black Heritage Planning Committee, where she chairs the annual South Dade Gospel Fest. As President & CEO of the Mt. Calvary Community Development Center, she is responsible for providing leadership to govern such activities as Senior & Youth Computer Training, Youth Photography, and food/clothing distribution.

  • Kimberly Slaughter

    CEO, SYSTRA USA

    Kimberly Slaughter

    CEO, SYSTRA USA

    CEO, Kimberly Slaughter has been involved in the development of mobility solutions for over 30 years and has a wealth of experience in the transportation industry, working for planning, architecture/engineering consulting firms and public transportation providers. She is a graduate of the University of Texas in Austin with a BA in Government-Pre-Law and an MSc in Community and Regional Planning.

    An active leader in the transportation industry, Kim was appointed to head the American Public Transportation Association (APTA) Subcommittee for the Mobility Restoration & Recovery Task Force. Kim has also served on the APTA Board of Directors and Business Members Board of Governors, Business Council of the African American Mayors Association, Women’s Transportation Seminar, Conference of Minority Transportation Officials and the March of Dimes. In 2019, she served on Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s transportation transition team and is a proud member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.

  • Dawn Tucker-Thomas

    University Grants Manager, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology, U.S. Department of Transportation

    Dawn Tucker-Thomas

    University Grants Manager, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology, U.S. Department of Transportation

    Dawn Tucker-Thomas currently serves as a University Grants Manager in the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology at the U.S. Department of Transportation. She seeks to ensure that surface transportation research grants, awarded to universities, promote advanced, innovative solutions and technologies that accelerate transportation technology and deployment. For a decade, she has sought to strengthen the capacity of Historically Black Colleges & Universities and minority-serving institutions participation in the department’s University Transportation Centers Program, a $75 million per annum competitive research grant program. She also has championed eliminating barriers, promoting opportunities for women and minorities, and supporting the department’s diversity, equity and inclusion goals as part of the program’s workforce development component. She recently worked in the Office of Public Engagement on a detailed assignment with the Transportation Secretary’s Senior Advisors focusing on coordinating transportation equity and related stakeholder engagements as part of a comprehensive strategy.

    Ms. Tucker-Thomas has almost thirty years of experience in various transportation areas, from transportation planning, aviation policy and rulemaking, airport operations, air carrier management, aircraft-air traffic control integration research, transportation research and analysis and airport and air carrier compliance and enforcement.

    In addition to her transportation career, Ms. Tucker-Thomas dedicates much of her time volunteering in her community. She currently serves on the Educational and Charitable Foundation’s Board of Directors and is an active member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Lambda Kappa Omega Chapter. She actively participates in Alfred Street Baptist Church activities and was recently installed as an officer.

    Ms. Tucker-Thomas received an undergraduate degree in Airway Science from Hampton University, a graduate degree in Transportation from Morgan State University, and a law degree from Concord Law School. She is a former African American Federal Executive Association Fellow and Dwight D. Eisenhower Transportation Fellow.

  • Beverly J. Watts

    Director, Wayne County Department of Public of Services

    Beverly J. Watts

    Director, Wayne County Department of Public of Services

    Beverly is the Director of the Wayne County Department of Public of Services (DPS), the largest county road agency in the state of Michigan. Beverly began her career in Wayne County in 2003 as Assistant Division Director of the Parks Division of DPS, moving up to Director the following year and then appointed to Deputy Director of the entire Department in 2012. In 2016, Watts became Wayne County’s first female Director of DPS.

    In addition to aligning the department’s mission and vision with the goals set forth by the County Executive, she is responsible for developing strategic plans for each of the department’s six divisions, totaling over 600 employees with an annual budget exceeding $300 million and total assets estimated at $1 billion.

    In 2018, Wayne County DPS was awarded full accreditation by the American Public Works Association (APWA) for their improved processes and procedures, making them the first county in Michigan to receive this honor. In addition, Watts has implemented policies that emphasize equity, diversity, racial and gender equality, and inclusion. For example, Watts has built a diverse team of decision-makers for various departmental processes, including recruitment, divisional oversight, and procurement practices.

    Watts is a proud native Detroiter and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Telecommunications from Michigan State University. She serves on the Board of the Detroit Riverfront Conservancy, which has transformed the Detroit Riverfront into a sought-after destination, keeping it “a beautiful, clean and safe gathering place for all.” She is a proud member of the COMTO Michigan Chapter. In 2019, Watts received the “Pioneer Award for Public Agency Executive of the Year” and sits on the COMTO Industry Awards Committee.

    In addition, Watts serves as a member of the National Organization of Black County Officials, American Public Works Association, Wayne County Economic and Development Corporation, Wayne County Brownfield Redevelopment Authority Board and currently represents the county as an appointed member of the Wayne County Drainage Board, and most recently appointed to the Michigan Infrastructure Council.

    Ms. Watts is a lifetime member of the Detroit Branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People and currently serves as President of the Harbor town One Condominium Association. Also, she was honored as a recipient of the Michigan Chronicle’s “Woman of Excellence” and “Who’s Who” awards. In 2019, Watts became an alumnus of the Harvard Kennedy School of Executive Education, graduating and earning certification in Strategies for Building and Leading Diverse Organizations.

  • Claire M. Williams

    Executive Vice President, KDM Engineering

    Claire M. Williams

    Executive Vice President, KDM Engineering

    Claire M. Williams is the Executive Vice President of KDM Engineering, a Minority, Women and Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (MBE/WBE/DBE) professional engineering firm focusing on power distribution design, gas distribution and telecommunications design. Recognized for her ability to identify opportunities and resolve problems before they become barriers, Claire combines leadership experience with keen listening and assessment skills, which help her manage diverse teams of professionals and meet business goals.
    Claire is a graduate of Rutgers University (B.S.), The University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (CMT) and Central Michigan University (MSA). She joined Environmental Design International (EDI), headquartered in Chicago, in 1996 and served as President & COO of EDI from 2015-2019. During that time, her leadership experience and talent for collaboration resulted in the largest contract ever awarded to a M/W/DBE firm by the Illinois Department of Transportation for Phase III engineering services on a segment of the Dan Ryan Expressway.

    In a strategic career move, Claire left EDI in 2019 to join KDM Engineering as Executive Vice President and help drive its long-term business strategy to achieve its financial goals. Her focus on building teams—through intentional mentoring and person-centered coaching—consistently results in teams that go the extra mile for the sake of the whole.

    A fierce supporter and advocate of women and minority-owned businesses, Claire offers her expert insight into diversity through her involvement with the Women in Transportation (WTS) Diversity Committee. She has served as a mentor in the WTS Greater Chicago Chapter Mentorship Program. Claire is also an active member of the American Association of Blacks in Energy and a former Director-at-Large on the Lambda Alpha International Ely Chapter Board of Directors. She is a former member of the Board of Directors and Secretary for the Forest Preserve Foundation, where she was Co-Chair of their annual fundraiser.

  • Michele Wong-Krause

    Chair, Dallas Area Rapid Transit Board of Directors

    Michele Wong-Krause

    Chair, Dallas Area Rapid Transit Board of Directors

    Michele Wong Krause, a Hispanic, Asian and Native Hawaiian attorney, presently serves as the Chair of the Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) Board of Directors. As a staunch champion of public transit, Michele serves on the American Public Transportation Association (APTA) Executive Committee and as the Secretary of the Transit Board Members (TBM) Committee. From her work on the Leadership APTA Committee to her work on the TBM Committee, she has brought her board room experience and enthusiasm for the transformative nature of public transit to APTA.  

    Michele is a trailblazer in both the transit and legal communities. She is the first Latina and the first Asian American to serve as DART Chair. Michele was the first Asian female to be elected to the Board of Directors of the State Bar of Texas; the first Asian attorney to be elected to represent Dallas on the Board of Directors of the State Bar of Texas, and the first Asian attorney to be appointed to the Board of Directors of the Texas Equal Access to Justice Foundation.

    A former City of Dallas Associate Municipal Judge, currently in private law practice with the Wong Krause Law Firm in Dallas, Michele has had a long history of working to advance the interests and opportunities of the minority community and of bringing forward equity and implicit bias programs at conferences across the nation.

  • Vanessa E. Wyche

    Director, NASA Johnson Space Center

    Vanessa E. Wyche

    Director, NASA Johnson Space Center

    Vanessa E. Wyche is the Director of NASA’s Johnson Space Center, home to America’s Astronaut Corps, Mission Control Center, International Space Station, Orion and Gateway programs, and more than 10,000 civil service and contractor employees. She is responsible for overseeing a broad range of human spaceflight activities, including the development and operation of human spacecraft, commercialization of low-Earth orbit and Johnson’s role in landing the first woman and first person of color on the surface of the Moon.

    Wyche previously served as Deputy Director of NASA Johnson Space Center, which she has held since 2018. Other key leadership positions include: Assistant and Acting Deputy Director of Johnson; Director of the Exploration Integration and Science Directorate; Flight Manager of several missions of the retired Space Shuttle Program; Executive Officer in the Office of the NASA Administrator; and led other center-level technical and program organizations. Before joining NASA in 1989, Wyche worked for the Food and Drug Administration in Washington DC.

    A native of South Carolina, Wyche earned a Bachelor of Science in Engineering and Master of Science in Bioengineering from Clemson University. In recognition of her contributions to the engineering profession, she was inducted into the Thomas Green Clemson Academy of Engineers and Scientists at Clemson University in 2019.

    Wyche is a passionate promoter of science, technology, engineering and math and serves as a member of the Clemson University College of Engineering, Computing and Applied Sciences Advisory Board, University of Houston’s C. T. Bauer College of Business Advisory Panel, Houston Exponential Board of Directors and is past Chair of the Space Center Houston Board of Directors. She is the recipient of two NASA Outstanding Leadership Medals, two NASA Achievement Medals and is a current International Women’s Forum Fellow.

    Wyche is married to George Wyche Jr. Esq, and has one son, George Wyche III. Follow Wyche on Twitter at twitter.com/V_Wyche.

2021 Honorees

2020 Honorees

  • Regine Beauboeuf

    Senior Vice President, Director, Infrastructure & Mobility Equity, HNTB

  • Mayor Sharon Weston Broome

    Baton Rouge, Louisiana

  • Jan Prisby Bryson

    Chairwoman, BenchMark Management

  • Dr. Christine Darden

    Former NASA Aerospace Engineer and 'Hidden Figure'

  • Linda Darr

    President & CEO, American Council of Engineering Companies

  • Julie Green

    Vice President, New York Region, Hatch LTK

  • Shannetta Griffin

    Associate Administrator, Airports, Federal Aviation Administration

  • Helen Tift McSwain

    Senior Vice President, Rohadfox Construction Control Services

  • Anita Miller

    Chief Employee Relations and Administrative Officer, MTA

  • Jennifer Mitchell

    Director, Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation

  • Nicole Nason

    Chief Safety Officer and Head of External Affairs, Cavnue

  • Angie Rivera-Malpiede

    Board Chairman, Regional Transportation District

2019 Honorees

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2019 Honorees
  • Jacquelyn Dupont-Walker

    Board Member, Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority

  • Trudy Bartley

    Associate Vice President, Community Relations, Ohio State University, Office of Government Affairs

  • Honorable Joyce Beatty

    Congresswoman (D) – Ohio

  • Meshelle Howard

    Director Of Civil Rights & Fair Practices, Maryland Transportation Authority

  • Debra A. Johnson

    CEO & General Manager, Regional Transportation District

  • Gabriele M. Mack

    Vice President, Economic Inclusion and Supplier Diversity, Jacobs

  • Elsa Ortiz

    Board President, AC Transit

  • J. Somer Shindler

    Managing Director, Planning And Development, Corporate Real Estate (CREE), United Airlines

  • Jannet Walker Ford

    Vice President & General Manager, Eastern Region, Americas, Cubic Transportation Systems

  • Carol Wise

    Executive Vice President, Chief Operations Officer, DART


2023 Sponsors

 

Presenting Sponsor
 

  • HNTB

Gold Sponsors

  • COTA
  • Olivier, Inc.
  • APTA

SILVER SPONSORS

  • MDOT
  • TRANSURBAN
  • MV
  • JTA
  • ROHADFOX

FRIENDS OF COMTO

  • TRIUNITY
  • VONTAS
  • TRANSDEV
 

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