Board of Directors
John A. Costa
Amalgamated Transit UnionRead Bio
John A. Costa was elected International President of the Amalgamated Transit Union, September 26, 2019, at ATU’s 59th International Convention in Las Vegas, Nevada. Costa had been elected as International President by the ATU General Executive Board in May 2019 after the untimely and tragic death of ATU International President Larry Hanley.
Costa had served as an International Vice President since being elected at ATU’s 56th International Convention in Orlando, FL in 2010. Previously he was Chair of the ATU New Jersey State Council from 2008-2010.
Known for his tough bargaining style, Costa has negotiated groundbreaking contract agreements for countless ATU Locals across the United States.
A native of Newark, NJ, Costa launched his career in organized labor at NJ Transit in 1981, joining ATU Local 819 in Newark, NJ. In 2001, after serving his Local in various capacities, he was elected Local President - a position he held for three consecutive terms before moving on to become Chair of the ATU New Jersey State Council and then ultimately ATU International Vice President.
Costa also previously served as Vice President of the Executive Board of the New Jersey AFL-CIO and Vice President of the Essex-West Hudson Labor Council. He resides in Monmouth County, NJ, with his wife and has two daughters and two grandchildren.
Sacramento Regional TransitRead Bio
Henry Li is a visionary leader with a proven track record of strategic innovations. During his extensive transportation career, he has successfully led and transformed several highly visible transit agencies in highly political, complex and dynamic metropolitan regions.
Since becoming General Manager/CEO in July 2016, Henry has been credited for the solid, rapid and comprehensive transformation of SacRTPrior to his arrival at SacRT, Henry served as the Vice President of Finance and Administration/CFO at Jacksonville Transportation Authority (JTA), which was named APTA’s 2016 Outstanding Public Transportation System. He has over 25 years of leadership in the transit industry include including at Hampton Roads Transit, the Georgia State Road and Tollway Authority the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (MUNI) and the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA).
Henry is a recognized leader in the community and in the transit industry. He received American Public Transportation Association’s (APTA) 2019 Outstanding Public Transportation Manager Award, the highest honor given to only one transportation CEO throughout North America.
John K. (Jack) Clark
Transportation Learning CenterRead Bio
With over 20 years’ experience in government workforce development systems and sector development work, Jack brings deep expertise in the areas of worker training and career ladders. A Ford Foundation/Kennedy School of Government Award for Innovations in State and Local Government winner, prior to joining the Center, Jack served as Deputy Director in the Mayor’s Office of Jobs and Community Services in Boston, MA.
Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority (GCRTA)Read Bio
India L. Birdsong joins RTA as Chief Executive Officer and General Manager beginning Monday, Sept. 16.
She comes to Greater Cleveland from Nashville where she served as Chief Operating Officer of WeGo Public Transit, the Regional Transportation Authority. In that role, she was responsible for the leadership of more than 550 employees, including union and administrative staffers. She led all bus and rail operations and oversaw two garages and maintenance shops, a commuter rail line and a downtown transfer central hub. She was also instrumental in supporting the system’s 25-year strategic growth plan.
Before joining the Nashville system in 2015, Birdsong spent nine years with the Chicago Transit Authority where she held a variety of roles, including senior manager of bus supervision and instruction for the Central Region, leading operations for a CTA Operating Division, bus operator instruction, and special events planning. She began her career there as an operations planner.
Birdsong is an active member in several industry organizations, including the American Public Transportation Association, Transit Cooperative Research Program, and Conference of Minority Transportation Officials.
Proficient in Spanish, Birdsong earned her Masters in Urban Planning and Policy from the University of Illinois at Chicago and her Bachelor of Arts from Temple University in Philadelphia.
Richard W. Bloomingdale
Pennsylvania AFL-CIORead Bio
Richard (Rick) Bloomingdale became the fourth President of the Pennsylvania AFL-CIO in June of 2010 and has been re-elected unanimously in 2014 and 2018.
Prior to his election as President, Rick served as the Secretary-Treasurer of the Pennsylvania AFL-CIO for 16 years. He began his career in the labor movement with AFSCME in 1977. Over the four decades of his labor career, Rick has served AFSCME in many roles, including Project Staff Representative and International to State Political/Legislative Director. He has been a driving force in the enactment of agency shop legislation in Pennsylvania that was vital to workers and their families.
Rick, in his role as an officer at the PA AFL-CIO, serves and has served on various Boards under both Governor Rendell and current Governor Wolf. In addition, he currently serves on the General Board of the AFL-CIO and is a board member of AFL-CIO Appalachian Council. He also serves as Director at Ameriserv Trust & Financial Services Bank and sits as a Member of the Board of Highmark, Inc.
Rick was also recently appointed to the Governor’s Workforce Development Board and, within that Board, the Chair of the Career Pathways and Apprenticeship Committee.
Community Transportation Association of America (CTAA)Read Bio
Scott Bogren has been with the Community Transportation Association of America (CTAA) since 1989, serving the Association in a wide variety of roles before being named Executive Director in 2016. He is a passionate transit advocate and (prior to COVID-19) a daily transit user. His work has always focused on building and promoting safe, affordable, accessible and inclusive mobility for all Americans. A proud graduate of Indiana University’s journalism program, Scott lives in Germantown, Md., with his wife Beth.
Jerry C. Boles
Brotherhood of Railroad SignalmenRead Bio
Jerry Boles began his railroad career in January 1977, as a B&B helper, for the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railroad. In November of 1977, Boles transferred to the Signal Department. He also worked one year on a Relief Signal Maintainer position, one year as the Signal Maintainer at Shattuck, Oklahoma, and was a Signal Maintainer at Littlefield, Texas, for 17 years before being appointed Grand Lodge Representative in 1997.
In his Union career he was first elected Second Vice President of Local 161 in 1981, Boles served in that capacity until his appointment to Local Recording-Financial Secretary in 1983 and served in that position until 1993. He was elected to serve Local 161 as Local Chairman in 1993, a position that he held until 1996 when he was elected General Secretary Treasurer of the ATSF/KCS General Committee and again as RFS of Local 161. He held both positions at the time of his appointment to Grand Lodge.
Retired President Dan Pickett appointed Boles to the position of Grand Lodge Representative in August of 1997, working in arbitration and developing a BRS website. He was promoted to Publications Editor in 1998. He was elected to and held the office of Vice President Headquarters from June 29, 2001, until he was elected to the position of Secretary-Treasurer on October 10, 2011. Boles was reelected to the position of Secretary-Treasurer by acclimation at BRS’s Quadrennial Conventions in 2014 and 2018. Mr. Boles was subsequently elected President on January 15, 2019.
Sam Desue, Jr.
Sam Desue was appointed to the role of General Manager in June 2021. Sam joined TriMet in March 2019 after more than 27 years of public and private transportation experience. He served at three different public transportation agencies in executive level positions. At the Kansas City Area Transportation Authority, he served as the interim General Manager and Deputy Chief Executive Officer, providing strategic leadership.
Prior to Kansas City, Sam directed transportation services at both Pierce Transit and Community Transit in Washington. He also oversaw ground transportation at SeaTac International Airport as well as operations at Seattle Monorail. Sam is a proud US veteran and served 10 years in the United States Army. He is supported by his loving family and is driven by a desire to connect underserved individuals to economic opportunities.
Madeline Janis, Esq.
Co-Founder and Executive Director
Jobs to Move AmericaRead Bio
Madeline Janis is the co-founder and executive director of Jobs to Move America.
For over 35 years, Madeline has been on the inside and outside of local and state government, working to create high road, equitable economic development, and strong industrial policy. She serves as an appointee of Speaker Anthony Rendon to the California Competes Tax Credit Committee, which awards tens of millions in state tax credits to California businesses each year. Madeline has written opinion pieces for a variety of publications including Forbes.com, the Los Angeles Times, the Los Angeles Business Journal and the Huffington Post and has been cited as an expert in dozens of publications across the country. She has extensive experience leading nonprofits, working on urban economic and industrial development, women’s rights, immigrant rights, and racial justice. She helped to negotiate the first community benefits agreements in the U.S. and co-authored a book on the subject.
Madeline was previously the founding executive director of the non-profit the Los Angeles Alliance for a New Economy, which she led from 1993 to 2012. Madeline also served as a commissioner on the Los Angeles Community Redevelopment Agency from 2002 until 2012. She has received many honors, including being a Durfee Foundation Stanton Fellow (2014-15), a Senior Fellow at the UCLA School of Public Affairs, the recipient of the UCLA Law School’s Antonia Hernandez Public Interest Award, and commendations from the Los Angeles City Council and the California Assembly and Senate. She received degrees from UCLA Law School and Amherst College in Massachusetts and was granted an Honorary Doctorate in Humanities from Amherst College in 2013. She is also the proud mother of 3 children and 2 stepchildren and happily married to fellow activist and non-profit leader, Donald Cohen.
Robert Martinez, Jr.
International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM)Read Bio
As the 14th International President of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM), Bob Martinez inherits a legacy that spans the history of the North American labor movement. Seasoned by his own 40-year union career, Martinez is committed to aggressively grow the union and protect the contracts and careers of nearly 600,000 active and retired IAM members.
Previous to his January 2016 installment as International President, Martinez had served since 2013 as IAM Headquarters General Vice President (GVP) with responsibility for the William W. Winpisinger Education and Technology Center and many IAM departments at Headquarters.
A U.S. Navy veteran, Martinez began his IAM career in 1980 as a member of Local 776A in Ft. Worth, TX after being hired as an Aircraft Assembler at Lockheed Martin’s Fort Worth Division.
From 1980 to 1994, Martinez served in various positions with his local lodge before being appointed in 1995 as a staff member in the IAM Safety and Health Department. He also served as a Project Coordinator for the Re-Employment and Safety Training (IAM CREST) and for the Center for Administering Rehabilitation and Employment Services (IAM CARES).
In 1999, Martinez was assigned to serve as the Southern Territory Education Representative with responsibility for training and education for IAM members in 14 southern states. In April 2002, he was appointed as a Special Representative and served in that capacity until joining the Executive Council in 2003 as the General Vice President assigned to the Southern Territory.
In addition to serving on the IAM Executive Council, Martinez sits on the executive councils of the AFL-CIO, IndustriALL, Guide Dogs of America, the Labor Council for Latin American Advancement (LCLAA), the Alliance for Retired Americans, the AFL-CIO Metal Trades Council, the Elderly Housing Development and Operations Corporation (EHDOC), America’s Agenda and the Economic Policy Institute.
Martinez was recently honored with Guide Dogs of America’s highest honor, the Gift of Sight Award, and the LCLAA Cesar Chavez Award for his work on behalf of the Latino Labor Community.
Karen E. Philbrick, PhD
Mineta Transportation InstituteRead Bio
Karen Philbrick serves as the executive director of the Mineta Transportation Institute (MTI) at San José State University, a position she has held since 2014. MTI leads two competitively selected multi-university consortiums: the California State University Transportation Consortium (CSUTC) which unifies the surface transportation research and workforce development efforts of the 23-campus California State University system and the Mineta Consortium for Transportation Mobility (MCTM). MCTM unifies and focuses the efforts of four outstanding institutions that represent and support the geographical, cultural, racial, and socioeconomic diversity that makes our nation strong: Howard University; Navajo Technical University; San José State University; and the University of North Carolina Charlotte.
Prior to joining MTI, Dr. Philbrick shaped the field of transportation in a variety of roles, including as assistant director of the National Center for Intermodal Transportation at the University of Denver. She has been appointed three times by the U.S. Secretary of Transportation (Secretaries LaHood, Foxx, and Chao, respectively) to sit on the USDOT Transit Advisory Committee for Safety (TRACS) where she chaired the FTA Administrator’s Tasking 14-02 which identified key elements of a safety management system approach to fatigue management.
Since 2013, she has been elected to serve the Council of University Transportation Centers (CUTC) in several roles, including President in 2018-19. Dr. Philbrick also has the privilege of serving as the President of the Research and Education Division (RED) of the American Road and Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA), where she also sits on the ARTBA Board of Directors and Executive Committee. Dr. Phillbrick is part of the Transportation Research Board (TRB) Committee on AP080 “Transit Safety and Security” and AR010 “Intercity Passenger Rail”, where she also serves as the research subcommittee lead.
With an eye toward seamless and equitable transportation for all, Karen also serves the industry through the American Public Transportation Association (APTA). She is a Director for the APTA High-Speed and Intercity Passenger Rail Committee and recently served as an appointed research advisor to the APTA Mobility Recovery and Restoration Task Force. She also served on the 2019 APTA nominating committee and has partnered with the American Public Transportation Foundation on a joint APTF/MTI scholarship the past four years.
Committed to recruiting, retaining, and advancing women in the transportation industry, Dr. Philbrick also serves on the Women in Transportation Seminar (WTS) Foundation Board as Secretary after having served two terms as a Director. Since 2016 she has been a member of the advisory board for the Los Angeles Metro Office of Extraordinary Innovation (OEI), and in 2018 she joined the Executive Committee for the City and County Pavement Improvement Center, UC Davis Institute of Transportation Studies. She contributes to her community as a part of the Board of Directors for the Rotary Club of San José, and as a member of the Rotoplast committee, which offers volunteer-based free medical services.
A frequently invited keynote speaker, Dr. Philbrick has also delivered federal congressional briefings and invited testimony to the California Senate Transportation Committee and the Assembly Transportation Committee. Her other intellectual contributions include a bimonthly column on transportation in the San Jose Spotlight, the recipient of the national Publisher of the Year award for independent online news, invited articles for the Hoover Institution at Stanford University, and peer-reviewed journal articles focused on models of accident risk and fatigue in railroad operations, psychological trauma and transportation accidents —including grade crossing and trespasser incidents —and cross cultural differences in helping behavior.
Dr. Philbrick has received many prestigious awards for her leadership excellence and outstanding contributions to her field. In 2015, she received the CUTC Administrative Leadership award and received a commendation on behalf of the City of San José for excellence in transportation policy leadership. In 2016, the Conference of Minority Transportation Officials (COMTO) named Dr. Philbrick a “Woman Who Moves the Nation,” and the SJSU Urban and Regional Planning Department presented her an award for significant contributions to faculty and students. In 2017, the Silicon Valley Business Journal named Dr. Philbrick 1 of the 100 Women of Influence in Silicon Valley, and most recently, she was recognized by the YWCA Silicon Valley with a 2018 Tribute to Women Award for her contributions to the field of transportation.
On an international level, Dr. Philbrick has led the development of educational and training materials for intermodal specialists. Her work has formed a key portion of an international training effort and seminar, Innovations and Challenges in Intermodal Transportation, in the Philippines and Indonesia. She was a member of the US delegation to the Asian Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Transportation Working Group from 2000 to 2009.
Dr. Philbrick holds a PhD from the University of Denver and an MA and EdM from Columbia University. She earned her undergraduate degree from California State University, Fresno.
Gregory R. Regan
Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIORead Bio
In 2021, Greg Regan was elected President of the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO, a labor organization consisting of 33 unions that together represent workers in all areas of transportation. TTD focuses on federal legislation, regulatory matters, and policy issues that impact transportation workers.
In his current position, Greg leads and oversees TTD’s daily operation and serves as the organization's spokesperson and chief strategist. He collaborates with TTD's affiliated unions to fight for long-term investments in our transportation system, ensure jobs in this sector are safe and secure, and to protect and expand the rights working people have to a union voice. Under Greg's direction, TTD works with elected leaders on both sides of the aisle and focuses on substantive, policy-driven arguments to advance core agenda items.
Prior to being elected President, Greg served as TTD's Secretary-Treasurer and Senior Legislative Representative and oversaw TTD’s work in aviation, passenger rail, and procurement. He is a leading labor expert on issues related to aviation safety and security, and led TTD’s fight in 2015 for Amtrak reauthorization legislation that protects and promotes our national passenger rail service and its skilled workforce. In addition, he coordinates TTD’s work to reform transportation procurement policy as a board member of the Jobs to Move America Coalition. Before joining TTD, Greg spent six years working for Congresswoman Louise Slaughter (D-NY), advising her on a variety of issues, including labor, trade, defense, energy, and homeland security. For the latter three years, he served as the Congresswoman’s Chief of Staff.
Originally from Rochester, New York, Greg holds a B.A. in Public Policy from Hamilton College. He lives with his wife and dog in Washington, DC, and is an avid golfer, hockey player, canner, woodworker, and supporter of (mostly) losing sports teams.
Leslie S. Richards
Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA)Read Bio
Ms. Richards, a Montgomery County resident who previously served on the SEPTA Board, will oversee SEPTA's 9,500 employees and all aspects of the Authority's operations. SEPTA is the sixth largest public transportation agency in the U.S., serving approximately one million riders each weekday.
Ms. Richards has extensive leadership experience in the strategic planning and management of transportation projects both in her private-sector work in the planning and engineering fields over the past two decades, as well as in her work in state and local government. Her private- and public-sector backgrounds give her a unique perspective on understanding stakeholder issues. She is known for her ability to build consensus to find solutions to problems,
As PennDOT Secretary, Ms. Richards instituted new policies based on sustainable infrastructure investments and innovation. She launched the Transportation Investment Plan, a metric-driven strategic investment approach for the 12-Year Capital Program. She also started a new initiative called PennDOT Connects for the planning and delivery of capital and maintenance projects. This new policy enhances PennDOT's collaboration with local governments, and ensures the department's investments consider the mobility needs of communities in project design.
Ms. Richards is a graduate of Brown University, where she concentrated in economics and urban studies. She received a master's of regional planning from the University of Pennsylvania.
Jeffrey M. Rosenberg
Director of Government Affairs
Amalgamated Transit Union, AFL-CIO/CLCRead Bio
Jeff Rosenberg is the Director of Government Affairs for the Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU), the largest union representing transit workers in the U.S. and Canada, with more than 200,000 members in the transit, school bus, and over-the-road bus industries. He joined ATU in 2000. He oversees the union’s political program which supports transit and labor-friendly candidates. Jeff also represents the union before the legislative and executive branches at the federal, state, and local levels, focusing on transportation and labor matters that impact transit workers and riders. Prior to joining ATU, he developed expertise in transit issues as a policy analyst for the American Public Transportation Association (APTA). He earned a J.D. from Albany Law School in New York and is a member of the New York State Bar. Following law school, he served as Legislative Counsel for a Member of the New York State Assembly for three sessions. He also holds a B.A. in Government and Politics from the University of Maryland at College Park.
TWU International President John Samuelsen represents over 150,000 members across the airline, railroad, transit, universities, utilities, and services sectors. A Brooklyn native, he is also Executive Director of the James Connolly Irish American Labor Coalition; was recently elected USA Chair of the International Transport Workers Federation’s Road Transport Committee and received the Irish Echo’s 2017 Irish Labor Leader of the Year award.
Samuelsen was sworn in as TWU’s 10th International President on May 1, 2017. He is also the former President of TWU Local 100 in New York City – the union’s largest local.
Samuelsen was hired by the New York City Transit Authority (NYCTA) in 1993 and was assigned to a track gang in Brooklyn, where he and his fellow union members worked under difficult and unsafe conditions. Managers ignored safety regulations, disciplined workers who spoke up, and had no respect for the workers or their union. While still in his probationary period, Samuelsen’s co-workers elected him shop steward, and he fought vigorously for a safer subway workplace.
From 2001 to 2006, Samuelsen served as chair of the Track Safety Committee and chair of the Track Division. From 2002–2005 he was Acting Vice President of the Maintenance of Way Department, representing 7,100 workers providing essential services to NYCTA in Track, Line Equipment and Signals, Power and Structure. During that time, he also served as lead negotiator for all safety-related issues during contract bargaining between Local 100 and NYCTA, and authored the Comprehensive Track Safety Bill passed by the New York State Legislature.
He was elected President of Local 100 in December 2009 and was reelected overwhelmingly in 2012 and 2015. He served as Local 100 president until September 26, 2017.
He still maintains an active public role in New York politics and advocates on behalf of all TWU members.
During Samuelsen’s time as President, the TWU has been focused on new worker organizing and grown the union by 15,000 members in over 20 successful organizing drives. The TWU is currently leading the charge in fighting against offshoring the maintenance of U.S. passenger aircraft to foreign countries and defending jobs against displacement through automation in the transit industry.
Paul P. Skoutelas
President and CEO
American Public Transportation Association (APTA)Read Bio
Paul P. Skoutelas is president and chief executive officer of the American Public Transportation Association (APTA). His entire career has been in public transportation, serving in both the public and private sectors.
Skoutelas is a champion for the power of public transportation to create personal and economic opportunities for all and to connect and build thriving communities. He testifies often before Congress and is a frequent speaker on public transportation issues as APTA leads the industry’s transformation in the new mobility era.
Prior to joining APTA in 2018, Skoutelas served as senior vice president for WSP USA, one of the world’s largest architectural and engineering firms and national director of WSP USA’s Transit & Rail Technical Excellence Center. He also was chief executive officer at the Port Authority of Allegheny County (PAT), Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and the Central Florida Regional Transportation Authority (LYNX), Orlando, Florida.
Skoutelas serves on numerous boards and committees, including the Transportation Research Board, Mineta Transportation Institute, ENO Center for Transportation, Transportation Learning Center and the Alliance to Save Energy’s 50×50 Commission on U.S. Transportation Sector Efficiency. He is a member of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Executive Advisory Board on Smart Mobility and Carnegie Mellon University’s Mobility 21 Advisory Council.
He is also a long-time member of the Conference of Minority Transportation Officials (COMTO) and of WTS International and recipient of the 2020 WTS Honorable Ray LaHood Award for his outstanding contributions to advancing women in the transportation industry.
Skoutelas received bachelor’s and master’s degrees in civil engineering from The Pennsylvania State University and a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Pittsburgh. He is a licensed professional engineer.
Skoutelas and his wife, Denise, are residents of Washington DC, and he commutes to work on Washington’s Metro system and the DC Circulator.
Brian J. Turner
Transportation Learning CenterRead Bio
Brian organized the Transportation Learning Center in late 2000 by recruiting national leaders of transportation labor and management to work together to develop quality training for the industry’s urgent skill shortages. With Center’s quality staff team, dozens of local labor-management partnerships agencies and unions analyzed skill needs and skill gaps. Working together they created standards-based training and apprenticeship programs for the industry. In the 1990s Brian had been the founding president of the Work and Technology Institute, a national labor-management partnership focused on strengthening American manufacturing. Earlier he had worked in senior positions at the US Department of Labor and with the Industrial Unions at the national AFL-CIO.
Chief Executive Officer (CEO)
Los Angeles MetroRead Bio
The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s (Metro) Board of Directors voted to hire Stephanie Wiggins as Metro’s CEO on April 8, 2021. A lifelong trailblazer and champion of equity and inclusion, Ms. Wiggins will be the first woman – and first African American woman – to lead Metro in the agency’s history, which dates to 1993. The appointment as CEO is a homecoming for Ms. Wiggins who served as Deputy CEO of Metro until December 2018.
Before rejoining Metro as CEO in June 2021, Ms. Wiggins served for two and a half years as CEO of Metrolink. Metrolink is the nation’s third largest passenger rail system covering 538 route-miles throughout Southern California. At Metrolink, Ms. Wiggins managed an annual budget of $793 million at an agency that employs 282 full-
time employees. She was the first woman and first African American to lead the 28-year-old organization.
At Metrolink, Ms. Wiggins adeptly navigated the disruption caused by COVID-19 with a customer-first approach while upholding its foundational value of safety. Ms. Wiggins led the development of a Recovery Plan to reimagine the delivery of Metrolink service in a post-COVID-19 environment, driven by insights gathered from surveys with customers and employees. She demonstrated her commitment to developing new ideas to better serve the core ridership of essential workers who use Metrolink to connect to their jobs on the frontlines of the pandemic with safe, and reliable transportation.
With a deep and genuine commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion, Ms. Wiggins strives to provide all people living in Southern California equal access to mobility to get to work, school, healthcare and leisure activities. Achieving that goal depends on leading an organization that is as diverse and inclusive as the region it serves.
As Deputy CEO of Metro, 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. She also established the Women and Girls Governing Council. During her tenure at Metro, Ms. Wiggins 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, Ms. Wiggins was the Executive Officer and Project Director of the Congestion Reduction/Express Lanes 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, Ms. Wiggins served as Regional Programs Director for the Riverside County Transportation Commission (RCTC) and oversaw transit, commuter rail, rideshare, goods movement and rail capital projects.
Ms. 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 at SBCTA.
She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration from Whittier College in 1992 and in 2007 earned a Master of Business Administration from the USC Marshall School of Business.
Ms. Wiggins is a self-proclaimed “military brat” whose father made his career in the Air Force. She credits her childhood experience of moving from military base to base and country to country for teaching her the importance of diversity.
Ms. Wiggins is the founding president of the Inland Empire Chapter of Women’s Transportation Seminar. She is the recipient of many awards including the 2020 National League of Railway Women’s Woman of the Year award. She is a Board Member of the Los Angeles Chapter of Friends of the Children, the Southern California Chapter of the American Heart Association, and a member of the Whittier College Board of Trustees.
Dale J. Marsico
Senior FellowRead Bio
Dale J. Marsico has been active in the transportation, mobility, health and economic development fields for over four decades. In discussing his work he often describes it as similar to a three-act play.
Dale’s Act 1 included twenty years in transit management, healthcare and economic development activities in Texas. In that time, he helped created one of the state’s first rural public transit districts in East Texas that included providing both fixed route service and demand transit services in 20 counties. Under Dale’s leadership the transportation district expanded operations in urbanized areas including developing operating urban transit systems in Bryan, College Station, the Woodlands and Galveston Texas. He also developed express bus services into the Houston area known as the Woodlands Express that covered 80 percent of its operating costs through its passengers. While working on transportation Dale also founded a community health clinic in East Texas now know as Healthpoint providing care to thousands of families that lacked primary care access. This effort combined the important synergy between health care delivery and public transit.
Dale’s Act 2 began in 1996 when he left Texas and went to Washington spending twenty years as the CEO of the Community Transportation Association of America, (CTAA.) CTAA is a national member organization supporting the development, investment, and innovation in community and public transit. During his time at the association many successful efforts to expand investment in small urban and rural transit in major federal transportation reauthorizations through 2015. In addition to these efforts he helped develop innovative public private partnerships with national organizations and businesses to assist local transit systems develop alternative financial support. Another of his efforts included helping to improve the quality of transportation training for community and public transit systems and their frontline workers. Additionally, Dale provided leadership in legislative efforts to support expanding collaborative medical transportation services and resources in Medicaid, Medicare, Veterans Services and in the Affordable Care Act.
ACT 3 began for Dale when he retired from CTAA in 2016 and began working for UnitedHealthcare one of the nation’s largest healthcare and insurance companies. As a Senior Business Analyst at UnitedHealthcare Dale has continued his efforts on developing innovative and collaborative access services linking transportation and patient centered healthcare. He remains working at UnitedHealthcare giving priority to strengthening access for harder to serve patients with special needs and barriers and challenges.
Throughout his career Dale been a board member of many organizations at the state, regional and national level that share his hopes for increased access an investment that improves health, employment, and educational opportunities.
Robert A. Molofsky
Senior FellowRead Bio
Robert Molofsky, an experienced labor and employment law attorney, recognized transit policy expert and accomplished federal and state legislative strategist, has been Of Counsel to the Gladstein, Reif & Meginniss, LLP firm since November 2010. Mr. Molofsky is a member of the New York, District of Columbia, and the U.S. Supreme Court bars.
As General Counsel (1996-2006) and Legislative Director (1981-1996) to the International Amalgamated Transit Union, Mr. Molofsky advised and represented the International Executive Officers and local unions on significant legal matters, internal governance and HR concerns, regulatory, legislative, organizing, arbitration and collective bargaining issues, drug and alcohol testing, as well as transit employee protections, health and pension/401(k) plans, and compliance with federal and state campaign finance laws. He represented the ATU before the U.S. Congress, federal agencies, including the NLRB, Departments of Labor and Transportation, EEOC, FMCS, IRS, state legislatures, the AFL-CIO, and transportation industry groups. Robert has testified many times before the U.S. Congress on transit policy and labor matters; transit safety and security issues, privatization, drug and alcohol testing, FLSA, and ADA issues. Mr. Molofsky has also worked with many other transit unions on Federal highway/transit legislation, commercial drivers’ license, drug and alcohol and charter bus regulations and other legislative and regulatory matters.
From 2006-2010, Mr. Molofsky served as Vice President/Special Counsel for the AFL-CIO Building Investment Trust, a $1.7 billion real estate equity fund; as Vice President for Institutional Advancement for the National Labor College; and Regional Marketing Director for the AFL-CIO Housing Investment Trust, a $3.9 billion fixed income investment company. He was a field attorney for the National Labor Relations Board, Region 22, Newark, New Jersey, from 1977-1981 and worked as an Industrial and Labor Relations specialist with the U.S. Department of Labor from 1972-1977.
Mr. Molofsky received his Bachelor’s degree from Cornell University’s School of Industrial and Labor Relations and his Juris Doctor degree from American University’s Washington College of Law. Robert is a Fellow in the College Labor and Employment Lawyers and the 2008 recipient of the Judge William Groat Award for distinguished professional accomplishments and service to Cornell University’s School of Industrial and Labor Relations. Since 2004, he has been an adjunct professor for the University. He is also a member of the AFL-CIO’s Lawyers Coordinating Committee and the ABA’s Labor and Employment Law section.
Dr. Beverly A. Scott, Ph.D.
Senior FellowRead Bio
Beverly A. Scott, Ph.D. – “People and Communities Matter”
CEO, Beverly Scott Associates, LLC
Founder, Introducing Youth to American Infrastructure, Inc
Dr. Scott is a frequent speaker on the critical need to invest in smart, next generation infrastructure to advance American competitiveness, sustainable outcomes, and “shared prosperity”. Beverly Scott Associates, LLC, is an infrastructure-focused executive management consultant practice which specializes in workforce development at all levels; and, advancing practical approaches and solutions to challenging situations that advance equity and inclusion – and help to achieve positive outcomes for “all” people and communities (www.beverlyscottassociates.com). She is also the Founder, Introducing Youth to American Infrastructure, Inc. (“Iyai+”), a national non-profit dedicated to inspiring, educating, and engaging today’s youth to be tomorrow’s “community builders” -- American infrastructure leaders, skilled workforce, innovators, and entrepreneurs, – with special emphasis on improving the active participation of our most vulnerable youth and historically underutilized groups in infrastructure careers – people of color and women (www.iyai.org).
She serves as a Senior Fellow at the Transportation Learning Center, the only national transportation labor-management partnership focused on skills training, research, safety and health for the sector’s frontline workforce (www.transportcenter.org); a Research Associate at the Mineta Transportation Institute at San Jose State University (www.transweb.sjsu.edu); in an Advisory capacity to the Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race and Justice at Harvard University Law School in the areas of transportation, infrastructure, and equity (www.charleshamiltonhouston.org); Advisory Committee, the Equiticity Racial Equity Movement, City of Chicago (www.equiticity.org); and as Vice Chair, Jobs To Move America, Board of Directors (www.jobstomoveamerica.org).
In 2011, she was appointed by President Obama to the National Infrastructure Advisory Council (NIAC), a panel of experts including top business executives, leading academics and local government officials who report to the White House through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security with responsibility for making policy recommendations to protect and preserve the physical assets that are critical to the U.S. economy and national security. In 2012, she was appointed NIAC Vice-Chair and currently serves in that capacity (www.cisa.gov>niac-reports-and-recommendations). In 2019, she was appointed by State Treasurer Fiona Ma to the California High Speed Rail Peer Review Group (www.cahsrprg.com). Dr. Scott served on the San Francisco MUNI (SFMTA) Reliability Working Group assembled in June 2019 by San Francisco Mayor London Breed, with Supervisors Mandelman and Peskin to review performance of the City’s current bus and rail system and recommend actionable steps for consideration by the incoming Director of Transportation. In Fall 2019, she was appointed to serve on PG&E’s Sustainability Advisory Council (www.pge.com).
Dr. Scott’s career in the public transportation industry spans more than three decades, including four appointments as General Manager/CEO – the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) and Rail & Transit Administrator for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA), the Sacramento Regional Transit Authority (SRTD), and the Rhode Island Public Transit Authority (RIPTA), one of four statewide public transit systems. She has also served in senior level positions at the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (New York), New Jersey Transit Corporation (NJT), the Washington Metropolitan Area Transportation Authority (WMATA), Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART), and the Houston Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (Houston METRO).
Named to the American Public Transportation Authority’s Hall of Fame in 2020, this special honor is reserved for individuals who have long and distinguished careers in the industry; have made extraordinary contributions to public transportation; and who have actively participated in APTA activities. Dr. Scott is recognized throughout the U.S. and North American transportation industry for her visionary leadership, results driven management style; focus on people and communities; and progressive approach to labor-management relations. Among her most notable industry contributions is her pivotal leadership role in the critical areas of workforce and leadership development and work to improve outcomes for people and communities – particularly our most vulnerable. In this regard, she is an ardent proponent for equity and inclusion; and, significantly increased “people development and investment” at all levels.
Throughout her career, she has received numerous awards and recognitions, i.e., the Hubert Humphrey Award for Distinguished Public Service from the American Political Science Association (APSA), Government Sector Pinnacle Award from the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce for Outstanding Service, the prestigious Sharon A. Banks Humanitarian Service Award from the Transportation Research Board, National Academies of Science; named Woman of the Year by the Women’s Transportation Seminar (WTS International), and, recognized by the Conference of Minority Transportation Officials (COMTO) as a “Woman Who Moves the Nation”. She was named a “Transportation Innovator of Change” by President Barack Obama and the U.S. Department of Transportation for her long record of exemplary leadership and service in the transportation industry.
A past Chairperson of the American Public Transportation Association (APTA) and Rail-Volution (railvolution.org); Board member, Conference of Minority Transportation Officials (COMTO), American Public Transportation Foundation (APTF), Women’s Transportation Seminar International (WTS) and the WTS Foundation Boards, the Transportation Research Board TOPS Committee; Dr. Scott currently serves on the national Board of the American Public Transportation Association (www.apta.com), as a Manager, Parker Infrastructure Partners, LLC, Advisory Committee, Equiticity; and Jobs To Move America (JMA), Vice Chair.
Dr. Scott holds a doctorate in political science, with a specialization in public administration from Howard University; and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Fisk University (magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa).
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