Paul P. Skoutelas

President and CEO

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 WTS International and the Conference of Minority Transportation Officials (COMTO).

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.

APTA Chair

Jeffrey A. Nelson
General Manager
Rock Island County Metropolitan Mass Transit District (MetroLink)
Moline, IL

Jeff Nelson is a seasoned public transportation leader who specializes in urban design, land use planning and economic development. During his over 35 years as General Manager for MetroLINK (Rock Island County Mass Transit; “Metro”), his strategic focus has been on implementing cutting edge programs with an emphasis on economic growth, environmental sustainability, enhanced technologies, and workforce development – separating MetroLINK from other transit districts of comparable size. Under his guidance MetroLINK was awarded the American Public Transportation Association “Outstanding Public Transportation System Award”. Other notable leadership recognition’s include the Federal Transportation Administration’s “State Leadership Award”, numerous APTA “AdWheel” Awards, the NAACP Business Image Award, Quad City Chamber of Commerce Multi Modal Award (twice), and various community and civic sustainability awards for excellence in environmental planning.

Nelson has a unique ability to artfully maneuver through a multitude of environments and leverage a variety of resources to meet economic development expectations. Recognized as a progressive leader of exceptional skill and foresight, he brings strong vision and leadership in the disciplines of sustainability, community growth, infrastructure and planning, creative public/pri¬vate partnerships, and economic development. Nelson was an early adopter of alternative fuels, implementing Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) transit buses into the Metro fixed route fleet in 2002. Since that time the Metro CNG fleet has expanded to make up the majority of the fleet, and in 2018 Metro introduced zero emission buses to the fleet, which will encompass 30% of the fleet in 2021. His experience in creating sustainable communities using transportation investment as a catalyst for future development include transit multimodal facilities in the downtowns of Moline, East Moline, and Rock Island. Additional projects include the construction of a state-of-the-art 150,000 square foot “Operations and Maintenance Center” built to LEED Gold standards for the purpose of supporting a sustainable bus fleet and an energized workforce, as well as the planning, development, and construction of a $30 million public -private historic redevelopment in downtown Moline. This multi-use property, otherwise known as the “Q” Multi Modal Station, consists of a 105 room “Element” brand hotel, with retail and restaurant space that will serve as the passenger rail hub for the Moline to Chicago passenger rail corridor.

Nelson has served on a variety of community boards and committees throughout his professional career. Currently he is the Chairman of the Quad Cities Manufacturing Lab, a Board Trustee for Two Rivers YMCA, 2nd Vice President of the Illinois Public Transportation Association, Chair of the National Transit Institute at Rutgers, serves on the Moline Planning Commission, the Moline Police and Fire Commission, and is a Board Member for the Quad City Chamber of Commerce Regional Opportunities Council.

Nelson holds a B.S. in Political Science from Western Illinois University, a M.B.A. from St. Ambrose University, and is a graduate of the Kennedy School of Business “Creating Collaborative Solutions” program.

APTA Vice Chair

Matthew Tucker
Executive Director/Chief Executive Officer
North County Transit District
Oceanside, CA


Freddie C. Fuller, II
Vice President, Electronic Payment Systems
Arlington, VA

Immediate Past Chair

David M. Stackrow, Sr.
Board Treasurer
Capital District Transportation Authority
Albany, NY

Executive Committee

Dorval R. Carter, Jr.
Chicago Transit Authority
Chicago, IL

Legislative Committee Chair

Francis “Buddy” Coleman
Chief Customer Officer
Clever Devices
Woodbury, NY

Top 10 Business Member Representative

Michael Goldman
Washington Suburban Transit Commission
Hyattsville, MD

At-Large Transit Board Member

Kevin J. Holzendorf
Board Member
Jacksonville Transportation Authority
Jacksonville, FL

At-Large Transit Board Member

Karen H. King
Chief Executive Officer
Golden Empire Transit District
Bakersfield, CA

Bus & Paratransit CEOs Committee Representative

Michele Wong Krause
Dallas Area Rapid Transit
Dallas, TX

At-Large Transit Board Member

Jeanne Krieg
Chief Executive Officer
Eastern Contra Costa Transit Authority
Antioch, CA

At-Large Member

Thomas Lambert
President & CEO
Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County
Houston, TX

Rail Transit CEOs Subcommittee Representative

Adelee Marie Le Grand
Hillsborough Area Regional Transit Authority (HART)
Tampa, FL

At-Large Member

Richard J. Leary
Chief Executive Officer
Toronto Transit Commission
Toronto, ON

Canadian Members Representative

Henry Li
General Manager/CEO
Sacramento Regional Transit District
Sacramento, CA

At-Large Member

Raymond J. Melleady
Executive Vice President
USSC Group
Exton, PA

Business Member Board of Governors Representative

Brad J. Miller
Chief Executive Officer
Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority
St. Petersburg, FL

Mid-Size Operations Committee Representative

Allan PollockAllan Pollock
General Manager/CEO
Salem-Keizer Transit
Salem, OR

Small Operations Committee Representative

Leanne P. Redden
Executive Director
Regional Transportation Authority
Chicago, IL

Legacy System Representative

Catherine A. Rinaldi
MTA Metro-North Railroad
New York, NY

Top 10 Transit Member Representative

William T. Thomsen
President & CEO
Urban Engineers of New York, P.C.
New York, NY

At-Large Business Member

Doug Tisdale
Chairman of the Board and District H Director
Regional Transportation District
Denver, CO

Transit Board Members Committee Representative

Thomas R. Waldron
Senior Vice President & Global Transit Director
Newark, NJ

At-Large Business Member

Eve Williams
President/Chief Executive Officer
Dikita Engineering
Dallas, TX

At-Large Business Member

2020-2021 Board of Directors

  • Joseph C. Aiello
  • Michael A. Allegra
  • Richard Ament
  • Michael Ammann
  • Holly Arnold
  • Jameson T. Auten
  • Debra Avila
  • Andrew Brennan
  • Dee Brookshire
  • Louis J. Brown, Jr.
  • Jose Bustamante
  • Bill Carpenter
  • Dorval R. Carter, Jr.
  • Randy Clarke
  • Eulois Cleckley
  • Alexander Clifford
  • Francis “Buddy” Coleman
  • Kevin Corbett
  • Natalie E. Cornell
  • LaShanda Dawkins
  • Julie D’Orazio
  • Clarelle DeGraffe
  • James Derwinski
  • Samuel M. Desue, Jr.
  • Dawn Distler
  • Shawn Donaghy
  • Kimberly Dunham
  • Katharine Eagan Kelleman
  • Ronald L. Epstein
  • Inez Evans
  • Katrina Faulkner
  • William Fay, Jr.
  • Stanley G. Feinsod
  • Denise Figueroa
  • Carolyn Flowers
  • Gerald Francis
  • Russ Frank
  • Freddie C. Fuller, II
  • Gary S. Giovanetti
  • Joseph Giulietti
  • Michael Goldman
  • Jeffrey Gonneville
  • Carolyn Gonot
  • Janet Gonzalez Tudor
  • Kim R. Green
  • Sharon Greene
  • Kevin J. Holzendorf
  • Todd Horsley
  • Michael Hursh
  • Debra A. Johnson
  • Arezou Jolly
  • Doug Kelsey
  • Christian Kent
  • Susannah Kerr
  • Karen H. King
  • Julie Kirschbaum
  • Michele Wong Krause
  • Jeanne Krieg
  • Richard Kwasneski
  • Thomas C. Lambert
  • Karen Landers
  • Adelee Marie Le Grand
  • Richard Leary
  • Douglas Lecato
  • Nadine Lee
  • Henry Li
  • Ted Lucas
  • Eric Martel
  • Jack Martinson
  • M.J. Maynard
  • Jennifer McNeill
  • Raymond Melleady
  • Angela Miller
  • Brad Miller
  • Jacklyn Montgomery
  • Jeffrey A. Nelson
  • Jeffrey A. Parker
  • Marie Parker
  • Gemma Piemontese
  • Allan Pollock
  • Robert Powers
  • Kevin B. Quinn, Jr.
  • Leanne P. Redden
  • Naomi Renek
  • Leslie Richards
  • Catherine A. Rinaldi
  • Peter Rogoff
  • Michael I. Schneider
  • Carl Sedoryk
  • Kimberly Slaughter
  • Allen C. Smith, III
  • Scott Smith
  • Amy Snyder
  • Manjit Sooch
  • David M. Stackrow, Sr.
  • Robin Stimson
  • Troi Taylor
  • Gary C. Thomas
  • William T. Thomsen
  • Doug Tisdale
  • Emmanuelle Toussaint
  • William Tsuei
  • Matthew Tucker
  • Peter Varga
  • Thomas R. Waldron
  • Jannet Walker-Ford
  • Paul J. Wiedefeld
  • Eve Williams
  • Kimberley Williams
  • Gregory Yates

Honorary Board Members

Past Chairs and Past Presidents of the American Public Transportation Association, American Transit Association, and the Institute for Rapid Transit.

  • Joseph Alexander
  • Doran J. Barnes
  • Ronald L. Barnes
  • John P. Bartosiewicz
  • Mattie P. Carter
  • Flora M. Castillo
  • Peter M. Cipolla
  • Shirley A. DeLibero
  • Rod Diridon, Sr.
  • George F. Dixon, III
  • Nuria Fernandez
  • Bernard J. Ford
  • Nathaniel P. Ford, Sr.
  • James H. Graebner
  • Laurence W. Jackson
  • Celia G. Kupersmith
  • Reba Malone
  • Valarie J. McCall
  • Michael J. Scanlon
  • Beverly A. Scott
  • Howard Silver
  • Richmond J. Simonetta
  • Gary C. Thomas
  • Ronald J. Tober
  • Michael S. Townes
  • Peter Varga
  • Phillip A. Washington
  • Leslie R. White
  • Richard A. White
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