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Secretary, US Department of Transportation (Retired)
(November 12, 1931 - May 3, 2022)

He was well known for his work in the areas of transportation—including aviation, surface transportation and infrastructure—and national security.

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Karen Philbrick, PhD
Executive Director

Executive Director

Mineta Transportation Institute

Karen Philbrick is the executive director of the Mineta Transportation Institute (MTI) at San José State University, a position she has held since 2014.

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Will Kempton
Chair

Retired Transportation Executive

Transportation innovator and manager, Will Kempton, has dedicated more than 46 years of experience to transportation, public service and government affairs.

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Jeff Morales
Vice Chair

Managing Principal

InfraStrategies, LLC

Jeff Morales has led some of the country’s largest and most complex transportation agencies and programs, employing innovative approaches to produce unprecedented results. 

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VP, Corporate Development

Brightline

Winsome is a public transportation professional with over 25 years in the engineering consulting industry – with a focus on transit project development and delivery. 

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Co-Founder

Mehlman Castagnetti Rosen & Thomas

David Castagnetti is a legislative and political strategist with a history of delivering for clients. A trusted Democratic advisor who understands how to talk to business, he has played a critical role in shaping many significant policy issues of the past two decades.

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Vice President

Americas & U.S. Government Relations Hewlett-Packard Enterprise

Maria Cino is Vice President, Americas & U.S. Government Relations at Hewlett-Packard Enterprise. 

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Principal

Crunican, LLC

Grace Crunican, principal of Crunican, LLC, has held key leadership posts in the transportation industry for over 40 years.

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Retired Transportation Executive

Ms. DeMartino served as the Managing Director for the LOSSAN Rail Corridor Agency from 2020 - 2022, managing the Pacific Surfliner rail service and leading efforts to improve passenger rail ridership, reliability, coordination, and safety.

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Senior Fellow

Silicon Valley American Leadership Forum

John Flaherty has been at the intersection of transportation and technology for over three decades with experience in both the public and private sectors.

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President and CEO

Amtrak

The Amtrak Board of Directors appointed Stephen J. Gardner as President and Chief Executive Officer, effective January 17, 2022. He is the thirteenth executive to lead America’s Railroad.

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Board Member

San Mateo County Transit District (SamTrans)

Rose Castillo Guilbault is a Communications and Public Affairs Executive with an impressive history of success in business, media, and the community.

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Senior Director, Special Projects, TAP Technologies

Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (LA Metro)

Kyle Holland is a Senior Director for the TAP smartcard program at LA Metro where she oversees Customer Experience.

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President and CEO

Association of American Railroads

As the Association of American Railroads (AAR’s) president and CEO, Jefferies advocates for and works with member railroads to ensure the continued viability of America’s railroad industry. 

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Principal and Chair of Board

Lea+Elliott, Inc.

Diane Woodend Jones began her career at D/FW Airport Board in 1980 and later joined the transportation consulting firm, Lea+Elliott, Inc., in 1989. 

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Executive Director 

Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC)

Therese Watkins McMillan is Executive Director of the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC), assuming the agency's top staff position March 1, 2019. 

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Chief Executive Officer

Econolite Group Inc.

Mr. Mohaddes was appointed Econolite’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO) on June 8, 2022.

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Vice President – Regulatory and Policy

United Airlines

Stephen Morrissey is vice president of regulatory and policy for United.

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Secretary

California State Transportation Agency (CalSTA)

Toks Omishakin was appointed the Secretary of the California State Transportation Agency (CalSTA) by Governor Gavin Newsom and sworn in February 2022.

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Chairman & CEO

Allied Telesis, Inc

Mr. Takayoshi Oshima is the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Allied Telesis Holding K.K., and Chief Executive Officer of the Allied Telesis, Inc. Group. 

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Acting Dean

Lucas College and Graduate School of Business

Dr. Marco Pagani is the acting dean of the Lucas College and Graduate School of Business and a professor of finance.

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President & CEO

COMTO

As President & CEO, April works to build upon COMTO’s 50-year history of ensuring equitable opportunities and maximum participation for minority individuals, veterans, people with disabilities and MWDBEs.

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President

Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO

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.

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President and CEO

American Public Transportation Association (APTA)

Paul Skoutelas was recently selected in an unanimous vote to become the President and CEO of the American Public Transportation Association. 

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CEO

Systra USA

Kimberly Slaughter is SYSTRA USA’s chief executive officer. She is focused on promoting the company’s vision of being the signature team for transportation solutions.

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Emeritus Trustee

Retired Transportation Executive

As the President and CEO of the Union Station Redevelopment Corporation from September 2012 until June 2022, Beverley’s primary task was to uphold the USRC mission statement.

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Director

California Department of Transportation (Caltrans)

Tony Tavares was appointed the 34th Director of the Department of Transportation (Caltrans) by Governor Gavin Newsom and sworn in June 2022.

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Executive Director

American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO)

Jim Tymon is the Executive Director of the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO), a non-profit, non-partisan association that supports and represents the interests and missions of state departments of transportation.

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