John K. (Jack) Clark
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 ITLC, Jack served as Deputy Director in the Mayor’s Office of Jobs and Community Services in Boston, MA.
Xinge Wang is the Deputy Director of the International Transportation Learning Center and one of this country’s leading experts on workforce demand, training capacity, and future projections of workforce needs. In 2015, Ms. Wang led the joint research effort of US Department of Transportation, Education and Labor to identify the future workforce needs to strengthen skills training and career pathways of the transportation industry. She has been the key researcher and co-author on many projects funded by US DOT and the Transit Cooperative Research Program (TCRP) focusing on transit workforce development. She has also managed the National Training Consortiums for Rail Car, Signals, Elevator/Escalator, and Traction Power Maintenance, developing standards-based training curriculum for frontline technicians. Under the DOL Transit Apprenticeship Initiative, she works with transit agencies and their local unions on developing and implementing apprenticeship programs for transit operations and maintenance occupations.
Director of Finance
Liz has extensive experience managing federal grants and an in-depth knowledge of the Uniform Guidance and other federal administrative/fiscal requirements developed through her 30 years of experience in the public accounting and non-profit sectors. Liz has a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Virginia Commonwealth University. Liz joined the ITLC in 2008.
Program Director, Instructional Design
Julie has over a decade experience in instructional systems design, in which she holds a master’s level certificate. She also has a Master’s in urban planning and Bachelor’s degree in Human Geography. She’s been employed at non-profits for all of her professional career and was driven to join the ITLC in 2008 because of her passion around equity and the role mobility plays.
Senior Director for Workforce Education
Pat has over three decades of experience in labor, management, legal, and workforce education, much of it at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. At the International Transportation Learning Center, she helps develop and support career pathways into frontline positions in transportation, focusing on pre-apprenticeship transit training partnerships--with high schools, workforce development programs, transportation agencies, unions, and colleges—that create career, credential, and degree opportunities, especially for youth in the communities transit serves. She has a Ph.D. in Industrial and Labor Relations from Cornell University, a J.D. from the Washington University School of Law, and a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Rochester.
Program Manager, Technical Training
James joined the ITLC in August 2022 with fifteen years of experience in various forms of transit and automotive applications. His career positioned him to be at the forefront of significant advancements in vehicle technologies of all types: hybrid-electric vehicles at Toyota, medium-duty railcars at WMATA, and battery electric technologies and charging infrastructures at Proterra, Inc. As the Technical Program Manager of Training and Development at Proterra, James led the transit industry into a new era of operating and maintaining battery electric transit buses (BEBs) and charging infrastructure. James built a team of nine training and development experts to guide transit leadership and technicians in their adoption of BEBs. This work ranged from creating brand-new instructional content, to teaching extensive technical courses for national and international transit customers, to building a coalition of industry experts and engineers to support future transit advancements.
Tainá joined the Center as an Instructional Designer in 2022. She holds a master’s in Applied Linguistics, and a master’s in Learning Design and Technology and will start working on her Doctorate of Education in fall 2022 at the University of Florida, where she will focus her research on curriculum and instruction and educational technology. At ITLC, she supports the team of instructional designers in the Rail Car Consortium. Previously, Tainá worked for almost a decade as an adult ESL instructor, and more recently as a project coordinator. Among many areas of interest, as an instructional designer, Tainá focuses on e-learning, research-based online learning curriculum development, accessibility, and emerging technologies.
Karitsa has a background in community and urban planning along with housing and transportation research. She received her Master’s in Community Planning from the University of Maryland, College Park and her BA in Political Science from the University of Maryland Baltimore County. Karitsa’s work focuses on ITLC’s participation in the American Apprenticeship Initiative. She also has contributed to ITLC’s research projects, including several TCRP reports.
Project Coordinator for Technical Assistance and Training
Amri has been an instructional designer with the ITLC since 2011. She has designed courses for the Elevator-Escalator, Signals, Rail Car, and Traction Power consortiums. Prior to working with the Center, Amri designed and delivered training in information technology, union organizing, and leadership development. Amri holds a Master's in City Planning degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a B.A. in Geography and Sociology from the University of the West Indies.
Brandon holds a Master’s in Adult Education and Human Resource Development from James Madison University, and obtained a Bachelors degree in Psychology. His background includes instructional design and organizational development, supplemented with elements of educational technology, E-learning, multimedia development, graphic design and visual literacy. Brandon has been with the ITLC since 2019 and serves as one of the instructional designers for the Traction Power Consortium.
Doug joined the Center as a Researcher in 2022. He holds a Masters of Public Policy, Masters of Business Administration, and a BA in English, all from Brandeis University. At ITLC he supports the new Transit Workforce Center, including collecting and documenting best practices and working with transit workforce data. He previously worked for almost a decade in higher education, focusing on international student recruitment and enrollment management.
John J. Schiavone
John Schiavone has been involved with transit bus maintenance and technology for nearly 40 years. He served on the APTA staff, authored several Transportation Research Board studies, and is now working with the International Transportation Learning Center to advance front-line worker training and apprenticeships.
David J. Stephen
Senior Communications Specialist
David brings to the ITLC expertise established through almost two decades of experience in labor, transit, legislative, and communications work at local, regional, and national levels. Underlying that expertise is his commitment to helping to improve the lives of working people. At ITLC, David leads communications and the development of creative and innovative ways to amplify the center’s commitment to transportation that helps improve the lives of working people. David has a B.A. in political science from Morehouse College and a J.D. from the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law.
Joyce E. Williams
In addition to performing typical office management functions, Joyce coordinates travel and logistics for the ITLC’s national committees. She joined ITLC after serving as Office Manager at the Trust for Public Land.