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Dick White

Richard A. White

Acting President & CEO

Richard A. White has spent his entire career in the public transportation industry. He has over 40 years of experience, with more than 32 years on the public sector side at the federal, state and regional levels and more than 16 years with executive management responsibilities at multimodal transit agencies.

White served as General Manager and Chief Executive Officer of the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Agency (WMATA) from 1996-2006, where he managed more than 10,000 employees through a 10-member executive staff. He developed and managed a $1 billion annual operating budget as well as a $3.3 billion, six-year Capital Investment Program.

White also led the San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District (BART) from 1991-1996, serving as Deputy General Manager and then General Manager. At BART, he managed more than 3,000 employees through an eight-member executive staff and managed a $240 million annual operating budget. WMATA and BART are two of the nation’s largest and most complex public transit agencies.

He also served in management roles at the Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County (Houston METRO) and New Jersey Transit Corporation.

White has eight years of experience on the private sector side with consulting services in the international transportation and infrastructure market. During this time, he worked for AECOM and Parsons Corporation.

He also worked for six years with the Urban Mass Transportation Administration, now the Federal Transit Administration.

In addition, White has served in top member-elected leadership positions for the American Public Transportation Association (APTA) for nine consecutive years, including as its chair from 2005-2006. He joined APTA in September 2015 as Vice President-Member Services.

He received a BA from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and a MPA from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University.

Petra Mollet

Petra Mollet

Vice President-Strategic & International Programs

Petra Mollet is Vice President-Strategic & International Programs for the American Public Transportation Association (APTA). Her responsibilities include APTA's governance, strategic planning and annual business planning.

Before she joined APTA in February 2008, Mollet was director of corporate development in the corporate office at the International Association of Public Transport (UITP) based in Brussels, Belgium. She led UITP’s worldwide expansion and its external relations, as well as supporting the launch of UITP’s Sustainable Development Program in 2001.

Mollet earlier was executive director of POLIS, an association of European local and regional transportation authorities. She began her professional career as a writer, researcher, and editorial assistant for the Association of European Automobile Manufacturers (ACEA).

She is a graduate of the University of Virginia and holds a master’s degree in natural resources from Virginia Tech.

Pamela L. Boswell

Pamela L. Boswell

Vice President - Workforce Development & Educational Services

Pamela Boswell is vice president-workforce development and educational services for the American Public Transportation Association (APTA).

Boswell, who came to APTA in 1999, oversees APTA’s strategic, comprehensive, and diverse workforce development and educational services program for association members and staff; There are several programs, managed by the department, including Leadership APTA; Early Career Program;  and  the American Public Transportation Foundation, APTA’s educational arm. Boswell oversees and develops strategic partnerships with key stakeholders to promote standards-based training and educational programs for the full range of the industry’s diverse workforce.

She has more than 30 years in the transportation field, beginning in 1985 as a management trainee at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. After her year in the training program, Boswell held several positions of ascending responsibility at the Port Authority in transportation policy, planning, government and community relations, and public participation initiatives for highways, transit, aviation, maritime, and waterborne transportation services. At the time she joined APTA, Boswell was manager, government and community relations, for the agency’s interstate transportation operations. During her tenure with the Port Authority, Boswell received two Executive Director’s Citation Awards, as well as the Exceptional Service Award for efforts in support of the World Trade Center following the February 1993 attack.

Boswell received a bachelor’s degree in political science from Clark Atlanta University and a master’s in public policy from Duke University.

Mary Childress

Mary Childress

Chief Financial Officer and Vice President-Administration

Mary Childress is Chief Financial Officer and Vice President-Administration​ for the American Public Transportation Association (APTA).

Childress, who joined APTA in 2012, has more than 25 years experience leading the financial and administrative functions of associations and nonprofit organizations. Before coming to APTA, she was chief operating officer for the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials. Previously, she held senior-level finance positions at the American Wind Energy Association, Optical Society of America, National Association for Home Care, and Partnership for Democracy.

A graduate of the University of Maryland, Childress holds designations as a Certified Public Accountant and a Certified Association Executive.

Linda Ford

Chief Counsel

Linda Ford is the Chief Counsel for the American Public Transportation Association. Her responsibilities include providing legal advice and counsel to the association and its members. In addition, she oversees contract preparation and prepares association responses to proposed legislation and regulations.

Ford, who came to APTA in 2017, has more than 10 years of legal experience beginning in 1995 when she served as an environmental attorney for the Indiana state government. In 2001, she took a senior attorney-advisor position with the U.S. Department of Transportation followed by five years of serving as the Federal Transit Administration Assistant Chief Counsel for Legislation and Regulations. She also led FTA’s Office of Civil Rights for six years.

Ms. Ford obtained her law degree from Indiana University School of Law-Indianapolis and her bachelor’s degree in general science from Purdue University in West Lafayette, IN.

Art Guzzetti

Art Guzzetti

Vice President - Policy

Art Guzzetti, vice president-policy for the American Public Transportation Association (APTA), is a 32-year veteran of public transportation at the local, state, and national levels.

Among other things, Guzzetti is responsible for APTA’s extensive policy research agenda, policy analysis and development, transportation information, and statistics. He and the APTA team work with the legislative and executive branches of all levels of government and with other national associations, think tanks, and interest groups to cultivate the ideas, relationships, and advocacy initiatives that will propel public transportation forward.

Prior to coming to APTA in June 1997, Guzzetti spent 16 years in management at two of the nation’s leading public transportation systems—New Jersey Transit Corporation and Pittsburgh’s Port Authority of Allegheny County—along with two years at New Jersey DOT. His duties focused on transportation policy, government affairs, capital programming, grants development, and grants management and advocacy. In short, the focus of his career has been on generating support for public transportation and the benefits it provides to communities and regions.

Guzzetti has a political science degree from Edinboro State University and a master of public administration from the University of Pittsburgh.

Rob Healy

Rob Healy

Vice President - Government Affairs

Rob Healy is vice president-government affairs for the American Public Transportation Association (APTA).

Healy manages APTA’s lobbying efforts on federal legislative issues that affect the transit industry on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. In that capacity, he oversees industry efforts on the federal budget, the annual appropriations process, multi-year authorization bills, transit security, tax, energy and environmental legislation, and measures that affect commuter and intercity passenger rail service, including high-speed passenger rail. He also serves as a staff advisor to APTA’s Legislative Committee.

Since coming to APTA in 1989, Healy has worked on a variety of legislative issues, including four multi-year surface transportation authorization bills, the Clean Air Act Amendments, transportation and homeland security appropriations, development of a National Transportation System, tax legislation, the Americans with Disabilities Act, climate change and energy legislation, and commuter and high-speed intercity passenger rail issues.

Recently, in conjunction with APTA’s Policy and Communications & Marketing departments, he has managed APTA’s effort to develop and advocate for industry recommendations on legislation to replace the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient, Transportation Equity Act-A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU), which expired Sept. 30, 2009.

Before joining the APTA staff, Healy worked at the Democratic Study Group (DSG), in the U.S. House of Representatives, for 13 years. He also worked as a research director for the presidential campaign of Michael Dukakis in 1988.

He earned a bachelor’s degree in sociology at the University of Massachusetts.

Rosemary Sheridan

Rosemary Sheridan

Vice President - Communications & Marketing

Rosemary Sheridan is vice president-communications & marketing for the American Public Transportation Association (APTA).

Sheridan joined APTA in March 1998 and has 25 years experience in communications and marketing and public transportation. She oversees the development of APTA’s message and communicates key transit industry information to its members, the media, and the public.

The Communications & Marketing Department is responsible for implementing the Research, Communication, and Advocacy program, in conjunction with the Government Affairs and Policy departments. The department also undertakes media relations efforts in support of APTA positions and activities and writes and develops print and electronic communications vehicles, including Passenger Transport and PT Express, to tell the industry’s story and promote the benefits of public transportation.

Prior to joining APTA, Sheridan served as assistant executive director of marketing and communications for New Jersey Transit Corporation. She oversaw all communications, media relations, marketing, community relations, customer service, and sales for the statewide public transit system. She previously worked as a newspaper reporter and editor.

Sheridan holds a bachelor’s degree from Montclair State University and a master’s degree from American University.

Randy Clarke

Randy Clarke

Acting Vice President - Member Services

Randy has over 15 years’ experience in the transportation industry concentrating on safety, operations and technology.  A recognized leader for promoting stakeholder collaboration, implementing budget management practices and driving operational innovation. He joined APTA in April 2016 as the Assistant VP of Public Safety, Operations and Technical Services and was promoted to Acting VP of Member Services in May 2016.

Prior to his current position, he served as the Deputy Chief Operating Officer for the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA).  His responsibilities included day to day operations of the Track, Signals, Power, Communications, Security and Facilities Departments as well as the strategic capital planning for infrastructure and vehicle state of good repair programs. He also previously served as the Acting Chief Safety Officer and the Sr. Director of Security and Emergency Management. Additionally, he has worked for several transportation consulting firms as well as for five years at the Volpe National Transportation Center.

Randy holds a Master of Science degree in Public Policy, Planning and Management from the University of Southern Maine and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and History from Acadia University in Nova Scotia, Canada. 

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