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

Nuria I. Fernandez
General Manager and CEO
Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority
San Jose, CA

With more than 35 years of experience, Nuria Fernandez has made a name for herself as an inspiring leader in the transportation industry. As the General Manager and CEO of the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA), she is responsible for 2100 employees, delivering projects, programs, and transit services that provide mobility solutions for more than two million people who live and work in Silicon Valley.

Among the highlights of her tenure at VTA is the construction of the $7 Billion extension of the heavy rail service, Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) into Silicon Valley. When completed in 2026, the two-part project, including 16 miles of rail and 6 news stations, will provide transit alternatives for tens of thousands of commuters to Silicon Valley. The first two stations, Phase I of the project, are slated to begin passenger service at the end of 2019.

Fernandez is also responsible for the creation of VTA’s “Innovation Center,” an incubator to encourage collaboration, test the latest technology, and imagine new ways to keep the valley moving forward by leveraging the expertise of Silicon Valley’s high-tech corporations and universities.

Prior to leading VTA, Fernandez served in leadership positions at some of the busiest transit agencies in America, including Chief Operating Officer of the New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority, and Sr. Vice President of Design and Construction for the Chicago Transit Authority and the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, consecutively. She also served as Commissioner for the Chicago Department of Aviation, overseeing O’Hare and Midway Airports.

Fernandez was appointed Acting Federal Transit Administrator by President Bill Clinton, where she enabled the administration of more than a billion dollars in annual grant funding to local communities for planning, design, and construction of new and expanding rail and bus systems.
Having served as Vice Chair of the American Public Transportation Association throughout 2019, Fernandez ascended to the position of Chair in October 2019.

Fernandez was born and raised in Panama City, Panama, immigrating to the U.S. to pursue her bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering and Master of Business Administration.

Vice Chair

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


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
Principal Director, State of Maryland; Board Vice Chair
Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority
Washington, DC

At-Large Transit Board Member

Huelon A. Harrison
Legacy Resource Group
Dallas, TX

At-Large Business 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

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
Chief Strategy Officer, VP Transit Planning
Regional Transit Authority
New Orleans, LA

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

Matthew O. Tucker
Executive Director
North County Transit District
Oceanside, CA

Commuter Rail CEOs Committee Representative

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

At-Large Business Member

Michele Wong Krause
Dallas Area Rapid Transit
Dallas, TX

At-Large Transit Board Member

2019-2020 Board of Directors

  • John O. Adler
  • Joseph C. Aiello
  • Michael A. Allegra
  • Richard Ament
  • Jameson T. Auten
  • Debra Avila
  • Paul Ballard
  • Elise Boggs
  • Roberta Boomer
  • Alice N. Bravo
  • Andrew Brennan
  • Dee Brookshire
  • Louis J. Brown, Jr.
  • Jose Bustamante
  • Bill Carpenter
  • Dorval R. Carter, Jr.
  • Randy Clarke
  • Francis “Buddy” Coleman
  • Kevin Corbett
  • Natalie E. Cornell
  • Julie D’Orazio
  • Clarelle DeGraffe
  • Jim Derwinski
  • Kevin Desmond
  • Samuel M. Desue, Jr.
  • Dawn Distler
  • Shawn Donaghy
  • Sue Dreier
  • Kimberly Dunham
  • Katharine Eagan Kelleman
  • Albrecht P. Engel
  • Ronald L. Epstein
  • Inez Evans
  • Stanley G. Feinsod
  • Nuria I. Fernandez
  • Carolyn Flowers
  • Patrick J. Foye
  • Russ Frank
  • Freddie C. Fuller, II
  • Rob Gannon
  • Gary S. Giovanetti
  • Joseph Giulietti
  • Michael Goldman
  • Jeffrey Gonneville
  • Carolyn Gonot
  • Janet Gonzalez Tudor
  • Kim R. Green
  • Sharon Greene
  • Huelon A. Harrison
  • Kevin J. Holzendorf
  • Todd Horsley
  • Michael Hursh
  • Arezou Jolly
  • Doug Kelsey
  • Christian Kent
  • Susannah Kerr
  • Karen H. King
  • Jeanne Krieg
  • Thomas C. Lambert
  • Karen Landers
  • Richard Leary
  • Douglas Lecato
  • Adelee Marie Le Grand
  • Henry Li
  • Jack Martinson
  • M.J. Maynard
  • Jennifer McNeill
  • Raymond Melleady
  • Angela Miller
  • Brad Miller
  • Jacklyn Montgomery
  • Jeffrey A. Nelson
  • Jeffrey A. Parker
  • Marie Parker
  • Ronald A. Pavlik, Jr.
  • Joanne Peterson
  • Gemma Piemontese
  • Joe Policarpio
  • Allan Pollock
  • Robert Powers
  • Kevin B. Quinn, Jr.
  • Leanne P. Redden
  • Leslie Richards
  • Catherine A. Rinaldi
  • Elliot G. Sander
  • Bacarra Sanderson Mauldin
  • Michael I. Schneider
  • Kimberly Slaughter
  • Allen C. Smith, III
  • Scott Smith
  • Amy Snyder
  • Manjit Sooch
  • David M. Stackrow, Sr.
  • Robin Stimson
  • Gary C. Thomas
  • William T. Thomsen
  • Doug Tisdale
  • Emmanuelle Toussaint
  • William Tsuei
  • Matthew Tucker
  • Peter Varga
  • Thomas R. Waldron
  • Jeff Walker
  • Jannet Walker Ford
  • Paul J. Wiedefeld
  • Eve Williams
  • Kimberley Williams
  • Michele Wong Krause
  • 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
  • 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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