November 16 – 17, 2020 | Newport Beach Marriott Hotel & Spa

Thank you to our 2020 Virtual Focus on the Future Speakers!

 

Jason Baker, VP of Transportation and Housing, Silicon Valley Leadership Group

Jason Bakeris the Vice-President Transportation, Housing & Community Development for the Silicon Valley Leadership Group.  In this role, he works with both public and private leaders throughout the region in order to shape decision-making related to transportation infrastructure, housing and related funding initiatives.

Prior to joining the Leadership Group, Jason served as Mayor of Campbell and on its City Council for eight years. As an elected official with a regional focus, Jason served on a dozen regional boards and commissions, including serving on the Boards of the Valley Transportation Authority, the Metropolitan Transportation Commission, The Santa Clara County Housing Task Force, and as board member and President of the Cities Association of Santa Clara County. In 2016-2017, Jason served as District Director for State Assemblymember Hon. Evan Low.

Jason earned a BA in Political Science from UC Davis, and a JD Cum Laude from Santa Clara University School of Law.

Jason, his wife Mairead and their two young children live in Campbell.


Mark Baza, Executive Director, Imperial County Transportation Commission

Since June 2010 Mr. Baza has served as the Executive Director of the Imperial County Transportation Commission (ICTC). ICTC is responsible for managing the following programs for the Imperial Valley region:

  • Regional Transportation Planning
  • Programming and administration of state and federal transportation funds
  • Administration of Imperial County’s Measure D, half-cent sales tax program; and,
  • Administration and oversight of the region’s transit operations, known as Imperial Valley Transit or IVT. The IVT system includes fixed-route and paratransit services throughout the county.

Prior to his appointment as Executive Director for ICTC, Mark had worked for the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) District 11 for 21 years. At Caltrans, Mark had served as Project Manager for a portfolio of planning and capital projects to improve goods movement in Southern California and, ground access to all of California’s land ports of entry with Mexico and the Port of San Diego’s seaport terminals.  At Caltrans, Mark had worked in the Division’s of Planning, Program/Project Management, and last position as Project Manager for the State Route 11 and East Otay Mesa Port of Entry project, a new state highway, CHP truck inspection facility and federal land port of entry.


Dave Bauer, President & CEO, American Road and Transportation Builders Association

ARTBA President & CEO David C. Bauer

        • 30 Years of Advocacy Experience
        • “CEO Update” Top Lobbyist
        • Expertise in Transportation Construction, Policy,
        • Regulatory & Funding Issues

David C. Bauer was unanimously selected as American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA) president and CEO in October 2018 by the association’s board of directors. He assumed the role Jan. 1, 2019.

The Washington, D.C.-based ARTBA is a 117-year old national federation of public and private transportation construction interests with more than 8,000 members. The association advocates for strong investment in transportation infrastructure to meet the public and business community demand for safe and efficient travel.

Bauer joined the ARTBA in 1997 and most recently was its executive vice president of advocacy. His expertise focuses on federal transportation capital investment issues and programmatic improvements. He’s directed ARTBA’s direct lobbying, grassroots initiatives, policy development, regulatory engagement, and political fundraising. He played a key leadership role in the passage of four major federal highway and public transit investment laws: TEA-21 (1998), SAFETEA-LU (2005), MAP-21 (2012) and the FAST Act (2015).

Bauer has been recognized by “CEO Update,” a leading association management publication, as a top lobbyist most “skilled at moving the ball for their industries and effective at selling their story to targeted audiences.”

Among other achievements, Bauer accepted an “Industry Partner Award” in 2005 on ARTBA’s behalf from the Renewable Fuels Association. The award recognized his work to help ensure ethanol blended motor fuel is appropriately taxed to support federal Highway Trust Fund investments. This policy reform boosted revenues for transportation programs by more than $2 billion per year.

A veteran of Capitol Hill, Bauer spent seven years on the personal staff of now retired U.S. Senator Mark O. Hatfield (R-Ore.). He served as an associate staff member to the Senate Transportation Appropriations Subcommittee, which Senator Hatfield chaired.

Originally from Oregon, Bauer has a bachelor’s in economics from Willamette University and an M.B.A. from The George Washington University in Washington, D.C.

He and his wife, Julie, and two sons, reside in Alexandria, Va.


Laura Cornejo, Transportation Director, City of Pasadena

Laura Cornejo joined the City of Pasadena in 2019 as the Director of Transportation, brining with her extensive experience in municipal, regional and state government. As the Director of Transportation Laura is responsible for advancing the safe and efficient multi-modal movement of people and goods within the City. She leads a multi-disciplinary department, tasked with providing and enhancing safe, reliable, seamless and exemplary local transit services via the City’s local transit system, overseeing on- and off-street parking management, and developing and implementing multi-modal transportation solutions. Prior to joining the City of Pasadena, Laura served as the Deputy Executive Officer of Countywide Planning with the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro). While there, Laura was responsible for delivering transportation infrastructure that ranged from rail to pedestrian and bicycle projects.  Most notably, Laura led and oversaw the development and implementation of Metro’s Countywide Bikeshare program, as well as overseeing the planning and environmental clearance of Measure M funded rail corridor projects.

Laura received a master’s degree in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of California, Los Angeles, and a bachelor’s degree, with honors in Political Science from Wellesley College.


KeAndra Cylear Dodds, Executive Director, Equity and Race, LA Metro

KeAndra has over a decade of progressive experience, at all levels of government, developing and enforcing housing, land use and transportation policy and supporting equitable, inclusive and sustainable development. She has also led inter-agency work groups and diverse community coalitions in the advancement of equitable policy. Most recently, she served as the Manager, Preservation and Home Ownership Programs at the Los Angeles County Development Authority where she facilitated the development of several county tenant protection initiatives and contributed to the development of anti-discrimination and anti-displacement policies and programs. She has been actively involved in many important county initiatives, including Measure M, Measure H, Metro’s Transit Oriented Communities policy and Metro’s Equity Platform.


Rosa De Leon Park, Executive Director, StanCOG

Rosa De León Park is the Executive Director of the Stanislaus Council of Governments (StanCOG). In this capacity, she is responsible for all agency functions of the federally-designated Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO), state-designated Regional Transportation Planning Agency (RTPA), and Local Transportation Authority (LTA) for the Stanislaus region, including regional transportation planning, program administration, financial management and budget control. 

In her role at StanCOG, Ms. Park has been a leader in innovative enhancements to the transportation network in the Stanislaus region of northern California. She was instrumental in the establishment of MOVE, the Consolidated Transportation Planning Agency (CTSA) for the Stanislaus region, which serves the mobility needs of seniors, veterans and those with disabilities through inventive programs such as public transit travel training, and door-through-door transit services. 

In November 2016, the Measure L sales tax measure was passed by voters for transportation improvements in the Stanislaus Region for 25 years. Measure L passed with 71.95% of the vote, the highest percentage win in the 2016 election by a first-time transportation measure, and the highest percentage win in California since 1989. The public education effort for Measure L was recognized in 2017 with the Public Outreach Project of the Year Award by the California Transportation Foundation, and Ms. Park was honored by the Sacramento Chapter of Women’s Transportation Seminar (WTS) International with the Transportation Solutions Award. 

Ms. Park worked tirelessly on securing needed funding for the recently completed Pelandale Avenue Interchange, the largest transportation project in Modesto history. Serving as Modesto’s northern gateway, the project improves safety, traffic mobility, interregional freight traffic flow and regional connections. 

Ms. Park also led the effort to develop and adopt the agency’s Regional Transportation Plan (RTP) with its first Sustainable Communities Strategy (SCS). The long-term plan includes a diverse mix of transit, non-motorized, highway and local street and road projects to be delivered in the Stanislaus region. 

Ms. Park has worked with municipal and metropolitan planning agencies in the transportation planning industry for several decades. She is involved at the state and federal level in a variety of transportation planning organizations and was recently appointed to the Executive Directors Council of the National Association of Regional Councils (NARC). Ms. Park was especially honored in 2020 to be the WTS Woman of the Year. A native of Stockton, Park received her Bachelor of Arts degree from California State University, Sacramento. 


Andrew Dohrmann, Director of Government Relations, T.Y. Lin International

He joined the firm in 2016 after spending more than a decade working in the United States Congress on federal transportation policy.  For the last six years he worked on the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee for former Senator Barbara Boxer. In this role he was a lead author and negotiator of the past two federal surface transportation bills, MAP‐21 in 2012 and the FAST Act in 2015. He is originally from Washington State and has a bachelor’s degree in political science from Western Washington University.


Kendall Flint, Public Engagement Service Line Lead, DKS Associates

Experienced Director Of Communications and Strategic Planning with a demonstrated history of working in the government administration industry. Skilled in Public Affairs, Speech Writing, Policy Analysis, Transportation Planning, and Government. Strong business development professional. 


Molly Graham, Public Outreach Coordinator, TAM

Molly Graham serves as the Public Outreach Coordinator for the Transportation Authority of Marin (TAM) and is responsible for managing the public outreach program to increase awareness of, and participation in, the programs and projects funded through TAM. Prior to joining TAM, Molly worked in the private sector specializing in community engagement for construction and transportation projects and was responsible for managing outreach and communication for the Doyle Drive/Presidio Parkway project in San Francisco.


Otis Greer, Director of Legislative and Public Affairs, SBCTA

Otis is responsible for managing the agency’s overall legislative and communications strategy. He manages and directs state and federal advocacy activities. He also manages and directs the agency’s marketing and branding programs. He oversees responses to media inquiries and public information requests.

He serves as a liaison between SBCTA, elected and appointed officials, local, regional, state, and federal representatives, agencies, and advocacy organizations. He directs and manages the activities of Legislative and Public Affairs staff.


Tim Haile, Deputy Executive Director, CCTA

Tim serves as the Authority’s Deputy Executive Director for Projects. Tim is responsible for the delivery of the capital improvement program, implementation of projects identified in the Expenditure Plan, as well as other projects funded from grant or other outside sources. He manages strategic planning and oversees all aspects of program management and project administration. Tim joined the Authority in May 2017 bringing more than twenty years of experience in transportation program and project management.


Aaron Hake, External Affairs Director, RCTC

Aaron Hake is External Affairs Director for the Riverside County Transportation Commission (RCTC), a public agency he has served since 2006. Aaron leads RCTC’s public policy and communications work on regional, statewide, and national levels.  He also leads the agency’s commuter and motorist assistance programs which improve traffic flow and safety on Riverside County’s highways.

For the last 14 years, Aaron has led Riverside County’s advocacy efforts in Washington, D.C. and Sacramento to secure funding and legislation for the region’s critically needed transportation projects.  Aaron also modernized RCTC’s countywide public engagement strategy, most recently spearheading the development of the Traffic Relief Plan, a self-help sales tax expenditure plan for a future countywide ballot measure.

Aaron takes responsibility for his local community and has served in civic leadership positions including city and county planning commissions, city treasurer, and chair of the United Way of the Inland Valleys.

Prior to joining RCTC, Aaron worked in Washington, D.C. for the National Association of Counties (NACo), Senator Dianne Feinstein, and the California Governor’s office.  He also spent time in the nonprofit sector aiding homeless and under-served residents of the District of Columbia.

Aaron earned a bachelor’s degree in political science and philosophy from American University and a master’s degree in public administration from the University of Southern California. In 2013, Aaron was selected to attend the prestigious Harvard Kennedy School of Government’s Senior Executives in State & Local Government program.

Aaron and his wife, Lauralynn, are raising two sons in Riverside County.  He is a long-distance runner and recently achieved his lifelong dream of qualifying for and finishing the Boston Marathon.


Randy Iwasaki, Executive Director, CCTA

Randy serves as the Contra Costa Transportation Authority’s chief executive and is responsible for the overall management of the Authority, including its projects, programs, policies and procedures, the board-approved budget, and all personnel decisions.

Randy has served the Authority since April 2010. Prior to joining the Authority, he was appointed by Governor Schwarzenegger in August 2009 as Director of the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans). Randy was with Caltrans for more than 26 years serving in various engineering and management positions. He earned his bachelor’s degree in Engineering from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, and a Master’s in Engineering from California State University, Fresno.


Darrell Johnson, Executive Director, OCTA

Darrell E. Johnson is the Chief Executive Officer of the Orange County Transportation Authority, leading an agency of 1,400 employees responsible for delivering projects, programs and services that improve mobility for more than 3 million county residents.

Under the direction of OCTA’s 17-member Board of Directors, Mr. Johnson is responsible for a more than $1.4 billion annual budget, implementing the planning, financing and coordinating of Orange County’s freeway, street and rail development, as well as managing countywide bus services, commuter-rail services, paratransit service and operation of the 91 Express Lanes.

Since becoming CEO in 2013, Mr. Johnson has focused on utilizing innovative financing methods to maximize Measure M, Orange County’s voter-approved half-cent sales tax for transportation improvements. 

More than $3 billion in OCTA projects are under construction, including the $1.9 billion I-405 Improvement Project and 405 Express Lanes, the largest ever undertaken by the agency, and the OC Streetcar, Orange County’s first modern streetcar.

In addition, Mr. Johnson is reinventing Orange County’s transit system by delivering services and programs that improve efficiency, enhance the passenger experience and better match market demands. This effort includes an overhaul of the bus system, adding community-based transit services, exploring innovative technology solutions, private-sector partnerships, and piloting on-demand transportation projects.  

Mr. Johnson represents OCTA on local, state and national policy issues related to successfully planning, financing and delivering transportation programs. Mr. Johnson lives in Rancho Santa Margarita with his wife and two daughters.


Steve Jones, Chair of the Board, OCTA

Chairman Steve Jones currently serves on the Garden Grove City Council after serving eight years on the Planning Commission, with several terms as Chair, and ten years on City Council prior to becoming Mayor in 2016.

In 1986, Jones graduated from Rancho Alamitos High School in Garden Grove. He continued his studies abroad by attending Kings College, Cambridge University, England in 1988. Returning to the states, he received both his Bachelor and MBA degrees from the University of Southern California, graduating with Honors with a dual emphasis in Finance and Real Estate.

Chairman Jones is the Past President and a current Board Member of the Garden Grove Community Foundation, where he has served since 2007. In addition to the OCTA Board of Directors, Jones is a founding Board Member of the Association of California Cities and serves as a Board Member for the Orange County Sanitation District. Since 1999, he has been an active member of the Garden Grove Chamber of Commerce.

In his professional life, Jones is the Founder and President of Olympia Capital Corporation, specializing in real estate investment, development, asset management, and equity capital syndication, formed in 2001.

Born and raised in Garden Grove, Jones and his wife, Manivone, are the proud parents of sons Jaden and Ashton.


Steven Keck, Deputy Director Finance, Chief Financial Officer, Caltrans

Steven Keck is the Deputy Director for Finance and the Chief Financial Officer for the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans). He has served in this role since 2018 and prior to this, was the Chief Budget Officer for the Department since 2009.  As Chief Financial Officer, Steven is responsible for the Department’s $15.5 billion annual budget, Accounting, Financial Programming, Asset Management, and the SB1 and Road Charge Programs. Steven started at Caltrans in 2000 when he began working on funding for the state’s extensive Toll Bridge Seismic Retrofit Program. For the past 20 years, he has held increasingly responsible roles in Finance at Caltrans, and more than two years in acting assignments in other areas of the department. Steven began his civil service career at the California Department Forestry and Fire Protection (now CalFire), managing the capital outlay program for fire station replacement. 

Steven earned his degree in Resource Management from Humboldt State University in 1997 before beginning his career of civil service with the state of California. In his free time, he enjoys striving for “continuous improvement” at golf and tinkering with electronics and vintage watches. 


Brian Kelly, CEO, High-Speed Rail Authority 

On January 16, 2018, the Board of Directors selected Brian P. Kelly as the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the California High-Speed Rail Authority. He comes to the Authority with a wealth of experience in transportation. Kelly served as the first secretary of the new California State Transportation Agency (CalSTA), an agency created in 2013, which focused solely on transportation. At CalSTA, Kelly oversaw eight departments, boards and commissions 38,000 employees and a budget of $18.1 billion – one of the largest portfolios in the State of California.

At CalSTA, he was responsible for a variety of complex transportation issues which directly impacted almost every Californian, the state’s economy, public safety, highway construction and maintenance, and public transit. During his tenure, his many accomplishments included passing Senate Bill 1 (SB 1), the single largest investment in California’s transportation infrastructure, moving forward the nation’s first state rulemaking to allow the test and deployment of autonomous vehicles, and breaking ground on the first high-speed rail system in the nation in California’s Central Valley.

Prior to that, Kelly had spent almost two decades at the center of major transportation policy decisions in the state of California by serving four successive Senate President pro Tempores. He was executive staff director for Senate President pro Tempore Darrell Steinberg from 2008 to 2012. He was executive principal consultant for Senate President pro Tempore Don Perata from 2004 to 2008, principal consultant for Senate President pro Tempore John Burton from 1998 to 2004, and assistant consultant for Senate President pro Tempore Bill Lockyer from 1995 to 1998.


Sarkes Khachek, Director of Programming, SBCAG

Sarkes Khachek is the Director of Programming at the Santa Barbara County Association of Governments (SBCAG), the regional planning agency for Santa Barbara County. Sarkes leads the SBCAG Programming Division. The Programming Division is responsible for management of federal, state and regional transportation funding programs including management of Santa Barbara County’s voter approved transportation sales tax measure, Measure A.

Sarkes serves as the agency liaison to the California Transportation Commission. He also serves as the chief staff member for the Central Coast Coalition which consists of the regional planning agencies in San Benito, Santa Cruz, Monterey, San Luis Obispo, and Santa Barbara counties.

Prior to joining SBCAG in 2005, Sarkes was a Transportation Planner at the San Joaquin Council of Governments.

Sarkes holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Architecture from the University of California, Berkeley. Sarkes lives in Santa Barbara with his wife, Linda, and two children, Ella and Alexander.


Secretary David Kim, California State Transportation Agency (CalSTA)

David S. Kim became the third Secretary of the California State Transportation Agency (CalSTA) on July 1, 2019 following his appointment by Governor Newsom in April 2019. In this role, David is responsible for oversight of 40,000 employees across eight departments, boards and commissions whose mission is to advance a safe, environmentally sustainable transportation system that maximizes mobility for all Californians.

A longtime transportation leader with experience in the private sector as well as all three levels of government, David served as Vice President, Government Affairs for Hyundai Motor Company from 2017-2019. Prior to this assignment, David spent nearly eight years in senior level roles at the U.S. Department of Transportation. He served as Deputy Administrator of the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), the number two position in the agency. Additionally, he was FHWA’s Associate Administrator for Policy and Governmental Affairs and before that, spent two years as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Governmental Affairs in the Office of the Secretary of Transportation.

At the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority, David led federal, state and local government affairs from 2004-2009 as Deputy Executive Officer for Federal Advocacy and Government Relations. Additionally, he served in the administration of Governor Gray Davis from 1999-2003 where he represented the State of California’s interests before Congress and the executive branch on transportation, water, energy and environmental priorities. From 1998 to 1999, David worked in the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative as Deputy Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for Congressional Affairs. He also spent three years as a Washington representative for the City of Los Angeles.

For a decade, David served on the staff of numerous elected officials in Los Angeles, Sacramento and Washington. He spent five years working in various capacities with Xavier Becerra, during his time in both the California State Assembly and Congress.  Kim began his public service career as a field representative and administrative assistant to State Senator David Roberti.

A native of Davis, California, David earned a B.A. in Political Science from Occidental College and a Master of Public Administration from the University of Southern California.


Elissa Konvoe, Undersecretary, California State Transportation Agency

Elissa Konove was appointed undersecretary at the California State Transportation Agency in May 2019. Prior to her appointment, Elissa served as Deputy Chief Executive Officer at the Southern California Regional Rail Authority (Metrolink) since 2015. She held several positions at the Federal Highway Administration from 2006 to 2015, including Chief Financial Officer, Acting Director of Field Services South and Director of the Office of Budget. Elissa was a transportation program examiner and budget preparation specialist at the Office of Management and Budget in the Executive Office of the President of the United States from 2001 to 2006.

Elissa earned a Master’s Degree in Public Policy from the University of Southern California and a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from the University of California, Davis.


Nadine Lee, Chief of Staff, LA Metro

Nadine Lee is the Chief of Staff for Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro). In this role, Nadine drives coordination and delivery of projects, programs, and services across the organization to provide a world-class transportation system for the citizens of Los Angeles County. Previously, she was the Deputy Chief Innovation Officer in Metro’s Office of Extraordinary Innovation where she led the development of Vision 2028, Metro’s 10-year strategic plan to increase prosperity for L.A. County through improved mobility.

Prior to her arrival in L.A., Nadine led the development and implementation of the Flatiron Flyer Bus Rapid Transit for Denver’s Regional Transportation District (RTD), a project that produced a 40% increase in bus ridership in its first few months of service. Nadine also led the Northwest Rail and Commuter Rail Maintenance Facility projects in the FasTracks Program.

Nadine was appointed to the Leadership APTA Committee in 2019 and is a past Director on the WTS International Board. She was awarded 2019 WTS International Woman of the Year. Nadine participated in the 2019 APTA International Study Mission to explore Mobility-as-a-Service (MaaS) in three European cities. She also studied the role of performance management in improving service delivery in four Southeast Asia cities as part of the TCRP International Transit Studies Program. A registered Professional Engineer in Colorado and Kansas, Nadine received her B.S. in Civil Engineering from the University of Missouri-Columbia.

Despite being an engineer by education, Nadine flexes her creative muscles in Adult Beginning Ballet several times a week and has participated in several performances.


Tess Lengyel, Executive Director, Alameda CTC

As the Executive Director, Lengyel is the second person to lead the Alameda CTC, managing an overall annual budget of over $500 million and a staff of 37 full-time employees.

With almost 30 years of experience in the planning, development and implementation of major transportation projects, Lengyel has led some of the most complex and challenging projects and programs at Alameda CTC. She strategically collaborated to successfully develop Alameda County’s $8 billion, 30-year Transportation Expenditure Plan, Measure BB, approved by 70.76 percent of voters in November 2014 and directed development of the agency’s first Comprehensive Investment Plan. She also led the agency’s short and long-range transportation planning, early project development, programs development and delivery, legislation and government affairs.


Manny Leon, Principal Consultant, California State Senate Committee on Transportation

Manny Leon is a Consultant to the California State Senate Committee on Transportation.  Before joining the Senate committee in October 2015, Manny served as a Consultant for the Assembly Transportation Committee.  Overall Manny has worked on legislation and policy issues that covered the Department of Motor Vehicles, the California Highway Patrol, Caltrans, the High-Speed Rail Authority, vehicle inspections and standards, driver’s licensing, and charter-party carriers, regional planning, and transportation finance. 

Manny has a Bachelor’s degree in History and a Master’s in Public Administration. Upon finishing graduate school, Manny was selected to the Assembly Fellows Program where he worked for then-Assemblymember John Laird.  After completing the Assembly Fellows program, Manny worked for the Mayor of Riverside and the Orange County Transportation Authority before returning to Sacramento to work for the Assembly Transportation Committee.  In his time outside of state government, Manny participates in a variety of sports leagues, running races, and is a Board Member for the River City Food Bank located in Midtown and also an appointed member on the City of Sacramento’s Administration, Investment and Fiscal Management Board. 


Mike Leonardo, Executive Director, FCTA

Mike Leonardo was appointed as the Executive Director of the Fresno County Transportation Authority (FCTA) in January 2017. He serves a nine-member board of directors that includes local elected officials and public at-large members.  Leonardo is responsible for a variety of duties to ensure the ongoing success of “Measure C”. His primary role is to carry out the Board’s strategies for implementing the programs and projects funded by the 20-year “Measure C” half-cent transportation sales tax in Fresno County.

Leonardo has close to 40-years of public and private sector experience. 

His career in transportation began with the Department of Transportation, as an Assistant Transportation Engineer in the District 6, Fresno Regional Office.  Leonardo eventually promoted to District 6 Director and ultimately held the position of Chief Engineer and Deputy Director of Project Delivery in Sacramento where he provided leadership to 2,500 employees as well as implemented a $1.4 billion annual budget.

He also served as the Public Utilities Director with the City of Clovis and was part of the team responsible for designing and constructing a new wastewater treatment and water re-use facility using an innovative Design-Build-Operate project delivery model.  Prior to joining FCTA, Leonardo was the Senior Engineering Manager for Parson-Brinkerhoff (later WSP) working on the California High Speed Rail Project. His duties included delivery of the $3+ billion Central Valley High Speed Train infrastructure projects through 120 miles of Madera, Fresno, Kings, Tulare and Kern Counties.

As a volunteer at his alma mater, Leonardo stays connected to Fresno State’s School of Engineering. He earned his Civil Engineering degree in 1981, and has been a registered Professional Engineer in the State of California since 1984.

Leonardo along with his wife, Cynthia, live in Fresno County.  They are the proud parents of two grown children who are both professional engineers. In his free time, he enjoys woodworking, snowboarding, and exploring — on foot or on a dirt bike.


Maria Lombardo, Chief Deputy Director, SFCTA

Ms. Lombardo was appointed Deputy Director for the San Francisco County Transportation Authority in May 2001 and Chief Deputy Director in 2004. The Authority is the sub-regional transportation planning and programming agency for San Francisco County. It develops the long-range countywide transportation plan, acts as Congestion Management Agency for San Francisco, and administers the Prop K half-cent transportation sales tax (approved in 2003, superseding the original 1989 sales tax) and the Prop AA $10 vehicle registration fee approved in 2010). Ms. Lombardo is responsible for developing Strategic Plans to guide implementation of the Prop K and Prop AA programs; overseeing allocation of these funds; programming federal, state, and regional funds to San Francisco transportation projects; and providing strategy and policy input for internal and external initiatives. Ms. Lombardo has nearly two decades of experience with the Authority, having played a lead role in development of the Prop K and Prop AA Expenditure Plans and having served in various policy, programming and planning capacities. Ms. Lombardo also briefly worked for the Bay Area Rapid Transit District (BART). Ms. Lombardo obtained a Master’s Degree in Urban Planning from the University of California, Los Angeles. She is past president of the San Francisco Bay Area Chapter of the Women’s Transportation Seminar and mother of two young children who are already seasoned public transit riders and cyclists.


Marcella May, Executive Director, HCAOG

Marcella Clem is the Executive Director for the Humboldt County Association of Governments. Marcella earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication from the University of California, San Diego and a Master of Science degree in Natural Resources from Humboldt State University.


Derek McGill, Planning Manager, TAM 

Derek McGill serves as Planning Manager for the Transportation Authority of Marin, responsible for transportation planning, program management and transportation policy. His focus on flexible and creative solutions has supported successful transportation planning efforts in both private and public sectors. Derek is responsible for TAM’s planning department, and directly manages long range plans and corridor studies, travel monitoring and forecasting, alternative fuel programs, and innovative programs such as TAM’s first/last mile programs and Quick Build program. Derek’s experience in sustainable and innovative transportation solutions crosses all modes and advances equity and the environment in all of his efforts.


Therese McMillan, Executive Director, MTC

Therese W. McMillan has served since March 2019 as MTC’s Executive Director and as the top executive for the Association of Bay Area Governments. Ms. McMillan, who received her Bachelor of Science degree from U.C. Davis in 1981, a master’s degree in Civil Engineering Science from U.C. Berkeley in 1983, and a master’s in City and Regional Planning from U.C. Berkeley in 1984, previously worked for 25 years at MTC, including more than eight years as MTC’s deputy executive director for Policy before her 2009 appointment by then-President Barack Obama to serve as deputy administrator of the Federal Transit Administration, which was followed by service from 2014 to 2016 as Acting FTA administrator before serving from April 2016 to February 2019 as Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s chief planning officer.


Anne Mayer, Executive Director, RCTC

As the Executive Director of the Riverside County Transportation Commission (RCTC), Anne Mayer leads a staff of 49 with an annual budget of $881 million. RCTC is the regional transportation agency for Riverside County, the nation’s tenth most populous county with a geography roughly the size of New Jersey. Under Anne’s leadership, RCTC has delivered on promises made to the voters of Riverside County’s Measure A half-cent sales tax measure and ensured that transportation projects and programs support quality of life and the economy in Riverside County. Anne spearheaded the initiation of inland Southern California’s first innovative finance and innovative project delivery efforts, which are coming to fruition on State Route 91 and Interstate 15. She has also led the successful delivery of the first FTA Small Starts project in the region: The Perris Valley Line Metrolink Extension, a historic expansion of commuter rail service in Southern California.

Anne is past chairwoman and current board member of the Self-Help Counties Coalition, and Mobility 21, Southern California’s public-private transportation advocacy coalition. She is the recipient of the WTS-Inland Empire Chapter’s Woman of the Year award and the Athena of Riverside women’s leadership award, in addition to numerous other recognitions.

Prior to joining RCTC in 2005, Anne was the Caltrans District 8 Director where she supervised the operations, maintenance, and engineering of the largest territory of any Caltrans district in California. Anne is a graduate of Michigan State University and is a Registered Civil Engineer with over 34 years of service in the transportation profession.


Kate Miller, Executive Director, NVTA

Kate Miller, a Bay Area native, came to NVTA in 2012 after serving as the Manager of the Capital Planning, Legislation and Grants Department at the Alameda-Contra Costa Transit District. Prior to that, she spent seven years with the Metropolitan Transportation Commission as a Senior Planner who managed transit capital projects in the Bay Area. At NVTA, Kate is responsible for the management and operation of the organization. Join LNV to learn about Kate’s vision and work at NVTA and the many exciting regional and county projects. 


Todd Muck, Deputy Executive Director, TAM 

Todd Muck is the Deputy Executive Director at the Transportation Agency for Monterey County, a regional agency whose mission is to develop and maintain a transportation system that enhances mobility, safety, access, environmental quality, and economic growth.            

Mr. Muck was appointed the Transportation Agency for Monterey County’s Deputy Executive Director in 2012.  

Todd received his Bachelor of Science degree in Urban and Regional Planning from Cal Poly, Pomona and is a member of American Institute of Certified Planners.  

Todd’s experience includes a broad range of transportation projects and plans, ranging from managing the construction of the Hatton Canyon bicycle path and tunnel, to corridor studies, to evaluating the potential for a Public-Private Partnership to develop a toll facility for the SR 156 corridor project.   


Ashley Nguyen, Director Design and Project Delivery, MTC

Ashley Nguyen is the Director of Design and Project Delivery with the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC). She oversees a team of planners and engineers who are responsible for incubating and delivering innovative ideas that facilitate passenger throughput, manage congestion, and improve system operations and safety. She actively leads the delivery of a robust portfolio of near-term operational improvements to enhance highway, bridge, arterial, and transit operations and encourage mode shifts. Ashley has been with MTC for over 20 years, and she has a Master’s degree in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of California, Irvine.


Diane Nguyen, Deputy Director of Planning, Programming, and Project Delivery, SJCOG

Diane Nguyen is the Deputy Director of the San Joaquin Council of Governments.  Diane has twenty five years of experience in regional transportation planning and public policy.  Her academic backgrounds include a Master’s in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of California, Irvine (UCI).  Also, at UCI, she graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in Social Ecology, specializing in Criminology/Law, Environmental Analysis, and Psychology.

Diane has many parts to her.  Depending on the day of the week, she is part planning director, part master translator of planning jargon, and part forensic accountant.  Diane pursued a career in planning because she believes that magic happens when bringing policy makers and the public on the same stage to build sustainable communities.

She likes getting people excited about the things she’s excited about.  This includes getting money to deliver transportation projects (big or small) and finding better ways to elevate planning programs to improve air quality, transportation mobility, and livability.  She is currently exploring the role of innovation and technology (mobile apps, autonomous vehicles) to transform how planners approach civic engagement and deliver solutions addressing social justice issues related to transportation accessibility to public transit, homelessness, jobs/housing imbalance, and affordable housing.

In addition to her 18 years with SJCOG, Diane spent seven years the Manager of Capital Programs and Public Policy with Interwest Consulting Group.  During that time, she led engineering and planning teams to deliver Capital Improvement Programs throughout California.  She also advised municipal clients in the areas of transportation funding and fee programs, policy, and capital project delivery.

If you ask Diane what part of her represents her biggest part, she would say simply that she is a “creative artist” by trade.  She customizes solutions to advance regional planning and to construct transportation projects–and in her free time– designs jewelry and sculpts clay.  All result in the creation of one-of-a-kind “works of art” with Diane’s unique twist and signature stamp that reads, “Diane Nguyen Was Here.”


Toks Omishakin, Director, Caltrans

Toks Omishakin was appointed the 33rd Director of the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) by Governor Gavin Newsom and sworn in October 2019. As Director, he manages a $15 billion budget and nearly 21,000 employees who oversee 50,000 lane miles of highways, maintain 13,000 bridges, provide permitting of more than 400 public-use airports, fund three of Amtrak’s busiest intercity rail services and provide transit support to more than 200 local and regional transit agencies.

Omishakin’s transportation vision for California features a safe, sustainable and multimodal transportation system that builds on strong local partnerships. Transformative innovation will also be needed to achieve zero traffic-related deaths and reduce GHGs by 40% by 2030. All local communities must be heard and share in the benefits of Caltrans projects, and he encourages a Caltrans culture of innovation and taking intelligent risks.

He came to Caltrans following eight years with the Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT). There, he successfully established environmental, multimodal and planning policies to make TDOT one of the best DOTs in the country.

As Deputy Commissioner for Environment and Planning, Director Omishakin was responsible for an administrative and project budget of more than $300 million annually. He also led the activities of the divisions of Environmental Services, Long-Range Planning, Multimodal Transportation Resources, and the Freight and Logistics Division.

Prior to that, he served as Director of Healthy Living Initiatives in the Nashville Mayor’s Office.

In that capacity, he led development of Metro Nashville’s Complete Streets Policy and helped establish a more balanced approach to transportation planning and design. This included spearheading creation of two bicycle sharing programs.

In December 2019, Omishakin became Chair of the Active Transportation Council for the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO). This came after two years serving as committee vice chair and serving as chair of AASHTO’s Multimodal Task Force. He is also on the Board at America Walks and has advised the U.S. Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis through its Transportation Council Board.

Born in Knoxville, Tenn., Omishakin and his wife have two children. He is completing a Ph.D. in Engineering Management from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville; has a master’s degree in Urban and Regional Planning from Jackson State University; and a Bachelor of Arts in Engineering Technology from Mississippi Valley State University.


Guy Preston, Executive Director, SCCRTC

Guy Preston has been working in transportation planning and project delivery for 30-years. He joined the Santa Cruz County Regional Transportation Commission (RTC) as Executive Director in 2018. In this role, he’s tasked with the planning, funding, development and delivery of sustainable transportation solutions for the Santa Cruz County region. The RTC is an autonomous Regional Transportation Planning Agency (RTPA) and became a self-help county in 2016, with the passage of Measure D.  Measure D is a 30-year ½ sales tax measure with a multi-modal expenditure plan.  RTC is responsible for the planning and delivery of many of the regional transit, active transportation, and highway projects and programs identified in the measure.   RTC also owns and manages the Santa Cruz Branch Rail Line, where RTC is developing a 32-mile active transportation corridor and planning for public transit. 

Prior to the RTC, Guy was Regional Delivery Manager for the California High-Speed Rail Authority for four years where he led the development of a civil infrastructure delivery plan for the $14 billion Northern California region from San Francisco to Merced.  Guy owned his own transportation project and program management consulting firm, providing services on over $1.8 billion in transportation projects.  Guy is a certified Dispute Review Board member and sat on serval review boards for construction projects on the State highway system.  He also served as the Director of Projects and Programming at the Sonoma County Transportation Authority, after starting his career with Caltrans. 

Guy has a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from UC Berkeley and is a licensed civil engineer.


Mary-Michal Rawling, Public Affairs Manager, MCAG

Mary-Michal Rawling is the Public Affairs Manager for the Merced County Association of Governments where she handles all external communications and activities for the organization, including its three other affiliated agencies – Transit Joint Powers Authority of Merced County, Yosemite Area Regional Transportation System, and the Merced County Regional Waste Management Authority – as well as Measure V, the local transportation sale tax.  She also volunteers her time as the Past-President of Soroptimist International of Merced, and an Assistant Coach for the Merced College Volleyball varsity women’s team. Her past accomplishments include being elected to the Merced City Council for a four-year term in 2009 and co-chairing the City’s 125th Anniversary celebration in 2014.  Mary-Michal has served on many volunteer committees since moving to Merced in 2002 including the County High Speed Rail Committee, MCAG’s Alternative Planning Strategy Steering Committee, the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District’s Citizen’s Advisory Committee, Merced County Tobacco Use Prevention coalition, the Greater Merced Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, and the County’s Transportation Expenditure Plan Steering Committee which formulated the Measure V ballot measure that was passed by local voters in 2016. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science and Policy from Clark University in Worcester, MA and her Master of Public Administration from California State University Stanislaus. In 2018, she was named the Chamber’s Woman of the Year. Mary-Michal and her husband have two children, ages 10 and seven. 


Andrea Renny, City Traffic Engineer, City of Monterey

Andrea Renny is a Civil Engineer with over 20 years of experience in municipal traffic engineering, public works design and project management, transportation planning, development review, multi-modal design (policy and implementation), traffic calming, management of Federally and State funded grant projects, traffic signal design, operations and management, temporary traffic control and safe routes to school programs.   


Anne Richman, Executive Director, TAM

Anne comes to TAM with nearly 20 years of transportation funding and project management experiences. Anne has over 12 years with the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC), and 7 years with the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency. At MTC she managed over $1 billion dollars annually in regional, state and federal funding for the Bay Area, overseeing 23 staff. She has diverse experience in policy development, project and program development, and long-range planning, including the assessment of impacts from legislation and overseeing consultants and vendors. She excels in forging strong partnerships and building consensus with stakeholders. She worked very effectively with MTC’s citizen’s advisory groups, with local and regional advocacy organizations, and members of the public. She is well respected among the cities, counties, and transit operators around the Bay Area. Anne replaces Dianne Steinhauser who was TAM’s first Executive Director for the past 15 years. TAM welcomes Anne Richman, and wishes Dianne a wonderful, well-deserved retirement!


Commissioner Kathy Ruffalo-Farnsworth, President, Ruffalo and Associates, LLC

Commissioner Kathy Ruffalo is President of Ruffalo and Associates, LLC – a government affairs consulting firm in Washington, D.C. Ms. Ruffalo has 20 years of experience in the public policy arena at both federal and state levels of government. From 1989 to 1999, she served as a senior advisor to the United States Environment and Public Works Committee – for then Chairman Senator Max Baucus – with the primary responsibility for developing, drafting and negotiating federal transportation policy. From 1999 to 2004, she was a senior policy advisor to Idaho Governor Dirk Kempthorne. In 2004, she was recruited to return to Capitol Hill where she was a key drafter and negotiator of SAFETEA-LU. She is a 1989 graduate of Northwestern University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Engineering and Management Sciences.


Danielle Schmitz, Director of Capital Development and Planning, NVTA

Danielle Schmitz is a transportation professional with over 12 years of experience and currently serves as the Director of Capital Development and Planning at the Napa Valley Transportation Authority.  In this position Danielle is responsible for managing NVTA’s day-to-day development and implementation of general activities involving programming, planning, funding and grant activities, marketing and public outreach. This includes oversight of the Vine Transit system and Measure T, the county’s 1/2 cent transportation sales tax that generates approximately $20 million a year for Napa County’s local streets and roads.  Danielle graduated from University of California, Los Angeles with a degree in Geography and Environmental Studies and a minor in Urban Planning. Danielle is a Napa Valley native and currently resides in the City of Napa with her husband and two young children.  


Susan Shaheen, Professor In-Residence, Civil and Environmental Engineering, UC Berkeley

Policy and behavioral research as it relates to the adoption of new transportation technologies and innovative services including carsharing (short-term vehicle access), bikesharing (short-term bicycle access), ridesharing, transportation network companies, and smart parking management, as well as user acceptance of alternative fuel vehicles. The sharing economy or collaborative consumption, as it relates to mobility, is a growing focus area of her work. This research involves the development of methodological approaches including survey design; innovative data collection approaches (e.g., real-time data, activity data); focus groups; expert interviews; and policy analysis.


Suzanne Smith, Executive Director, SCTA

Suzanne Smith has been the Executive Director since 1997. She reports to the Board of Directors and manages the two countywide agencies and a staff of fourteen. Suzanne has overall responsibilities for securing and coordinating regional, state and federal funding for projects and programs related to transportation and climate change; managing the Measure M sales tax; overseeing long range planning related to transportation, housing, jobs, and climate change; and collaborating with partner agencies and the public on policy priorities.

Prior to joining the SCTA, Suzanne was the District Director for State Assembly Member Valerie Brown. In that capacity, she focused on such policy issues as transportation, education, and local government. Suzanne received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from the University of California at San Diego. While at UCSD she also studied urban planning. Suzanne received her Master of Arts degree in Public Administration from the University of San Francisco.


Jason Tai, Principal, Tai Ginsberg & Associates

Jason Tai is a Principal at TG&A. He has over 20 years of broad and substantive experience in federal and state government with an expertise in transportation and infrastructure issues, including rail, highways, transit, and aviation. Mr. Tai has proven successful in negotiating and securing significant federal and state funding for a variety of critical projects and managed complex governmental and political processes to achieve results.

Before joining the government relations field, Mr. Tai was Chief of Staff for Congressman Dan Lipinski (D-Illinois-3rd) where he oversaw and managed all policy, projects, communications, intergovernmental, and political issues. He was the top policy advisor for Congressman Lipinski, the Illinois’ senior member serving on the House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee. Mr. Tai worked with Congressman Lipinski to lead the successful effort to secure funds from the U.S. Department of Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grant program to help fund CREATE, the landmark $1.5 billion rail modernization project in Chicagoland.

From 2004 to 2007, Mr. Tai was a senior executive at the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) serving dual appointed positions as Director of Public and Intermodal Transportation (DPIT) and Senior Policy Advisor to the Secretary. As Director of Public and Intermodal Transportation, he was responsible for a $548 million budget, which funded statewide transit and rail operating and capital needs. DPIT administered federal and state funding for 52 transit agencies across Illinois. He also spearheaded the largest expansion of state-supported Amtrak service in Illinois, which doubled the funding and service for IDOT’s intercity passenger rail program. Mr. Tai was IDOT’s lead in the implementation of CREATE and worked with the U.S. Congress to secure funding and designation of the effort as a Project of National and Regional Significance.    

Previously, Mr. Tai was Chief of Staff to former U.S. Congressman William O. Lipinski (D-Illinois-3rd) and Democratic Professional Staff Member on the House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee. In that capacity, he played a key role on the initial versions of a $286.5 billion surface transportation funding bill.

Mr. Tai received his B.A. degree in Political Science and Economics from the University of Rochester.


Martin Wachs, Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Civil & Environmental Engineering and of City & Regional Planning at the University of California, Berkeley

Martin Wachs is Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Civil & Environmental Engineering and of City & Regional Planning at the University of California, Berkeley, where he directed the Institute of Transportation Studies and the University of California Transportation Center. He earlier spent 25 years at UCLA, where he was Chairman of the Department of Urban Planning for eleven years. After retiring from the University, Wachs became the Director of Transportation, Space, and Technology Program at the RAND Corporation. He now teaches and conducts research at UCLA in transportation policy.


Emily Warren, Senior Policy Advisor, Nelson/Nygaard

Emily is a shared mobility pioneer with a wealth of experience in transportation policy and technology regulation. As Senior Policy Advisor at Nelson\Nygaard, she guides transportation agencies in developing policy frameworks to govern emerging technologies and deliver safe, equitable, sustainable outcomes. After starting her career as a Congressional legislative aide and municipal financial analyst, Emily joined Lyft on its first day of operation in 2012, where she founded several core departments and led teams focused on transportation policy, public transit partnerships, and community engagement. Emily later joined Lime, where she led the global policy and research team. Emily serves on the advisory board of the UCLA Institute of Transportation Studies and as a board director for the Shared Use Mobility Center and Boston’s LivableStreets Alliance. She maintains advisory affiliations with Fontinalis Partners and Superpedestrian.


Jeanie Ward-Waller, Deputy Director for Planning and Modal Programs, Caltrans

Jeanie Ward-Waller is the Deputy Director, Planning and Modal Programs. Jeanie has served as Acting District 2 Director, and provided leadership as Caltrans’ Sustainability Program Manager in the Director’s Office where she led the growth of the Sustainability Program in implementing new initiatives across Caltrans. 

Before joining Caltrans, Jeanie worked for over a decade in the private sector as a structural engineer and in the non-profit sector as policy director for two transportation organizations—the California Bicycle Coalition and the Safe Routes Partnership.  As a structural engineer, she managed design and construction oversight on large-scale building projects, including a 40-story tower in downtown Boston. 

In each of her roles, Jeanie has built trusted partnerships with diverse stakeholders across government, non-profit, academic, and private sectors to develop creative solutions, advance policy change, and effectively implement new programs.

Jeanie has a master’s degree in Engineering for Sustainable Development from the University of Cambridge and a master’s degree in Civil Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.  She earned her bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering at Brown University.  She is a licensed Civil Engineer in California and Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) accredited professional.


Mitch Weiss, Executive Director, CTC

Mr. Weiss has served as a member of the Commission’s staff for more than a dozen years. Most recently, he served for two years as the Chief Deputy Director. In this capacity, he served as a principal policy advisor to the Commission, responsible for carrying out the Commission’s policies and programs and overseeing its internal operations. Mr. Weiss led the Commission’s implementation of Senate Bill 1, which provided the first significant, stable, and ongoing increase in California’s transportation funding in more than two decades. This effort included dozens of public workshops and culminated in the commitment of over $9 billion in Senate Bill 1 funds in just 13 months. Mr. Weiss previously held positions as the Commission’s Deputy Director for Programming, policy advisor for the Commission’s Road Charge Technical Advisory Committee, and the Deputy Secretary for Administration and Finance at the California State Transportation Agency. Prior to these positions, Mr. Weiss held several positions in the budget offices of the California Department of Transportation and the California Integrated Waste Management Board.


Stephanie Wiggins, CEO, Metrolink

Stephanie Wiggins was named Chief Executive Officer of Metrolink by a unanimous vote of the Board of Directors in December 2018. Wiggins assumed leadership in January 2019 and leads the 275-employee strong commuter railroad with a budget of $793 million. 

As CEO, Wiggins directs an agency that operates a commuter rail network on seven routes across a six-county, 538 route-mile system.  Wiggins has held high-level positions at three of the five-member agencies that comprise Metrolink and is well-known as a customer -focused leader who finds solutions from a regional perspective.

Wiggins’ vision for the agency is to create value and exceed expectations by prioritizing a customer-first orientation with three pillars to provide an outstanding customer experience: safety and security, an integrated system, and modernizing business practices.

Prior to leading Metrolink, Wiggins was Deputy CEO of the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (LA Metro) where she assisted the CEO in providing leadership and formulating and achieving strategic public transportation objectives, including the passage of Measure M, a half-cent sales tax approved by 71 percent of voters in LA County. During her tenure at LA Metro, Stephanie also served as the Executive Director of Vendor/Contract Management, where she implemented procurement streamlining initiatives and greatly expanded Metro’s utilization of small and historically underutilized businesses.  Prior to that role, Stephanie was the Executive Officer and Project Director of the Congestion Reduction/ExpressLanes Program where she launched the first high occupancy toll lanes in LA County, the I-10 and I-110 Express Lanes, which improved travel times and travel reliability on two of the County’s most congested freeway corridors.

Prior to Metro, she served as Regional Programs Director for the Riverside County Transportation Commission (RCTC) and oversaw transit, commuter rail, rideshare, goods movement and rail capital projects.

Wiggins began her career in transportation when she accepted a temporary assignment at the San Bernardino County Transportation Authority and fell in love with the mission of the agency. The six-month temporary assignment turned into more than four years. She then accepted a policy analyst position with the RCTC where she worked for an additional nine and a half years in management and senior management roles.

Feeling the need for personal and academic growth, Wiggins earned a Master of Business Administration from the USC Marshall School of Business in 2007. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration from Whittier College in 1992.

Wiggins is a self-proclaimed “military brat” whose father made his career in the Air Force. She credits her experience moving from base to base and country to country as a child for teaching her the importance of diversity.

Wiggins is the founding president of the Inland Empire Chapter of Women’s Transportation Seminar. She is the recipient of many awards including the Conference of Minority Transportation Officials 2018 Women Who Move the Nation Award. She is a Board Member of the Los Angeles Chapter of Friends of the Children.


Yvette ZR Rapose, Chief Communications Officer, LA Metro

Building on 7 years in Los Angeles government, Yvette ZR Rapose has served Metro for 11 years, first in Government Relations and then in Community Relations—Capital Projects. Beginning on the Metro Gold Line Eastside Extension, Ms. Rapose now manages several teams that perform Community Relations on high-profile projects such as the Metro Orange Line Extension, Express Lanes and I-405 Sepulveda Pass Improvements Project. In the near future she will direct the public outreach, stakeholder communication and construction impact mitigation programs for the next wave of projects, including construction of the Regional Connector, Crenshaw Light Rail Project and Westside Subway.  During the historic closure of the 405 freeway during the July 16 weekend this summer, Yvette and her team leveraged online communication and a growing presence in social media to address an unprecedented event in Los Angeles transportation. Ms. Rapose earned a BS in Business Administration and an MS in Public Administration.