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

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

As President of the CTA, Dorval R. Carter, Jr. oversees more than 10,000 employees and helps ensure that everyone works together in adhering to the agency’s mission of delivering quality, affordable transit services that link people, jobs and communities.

Appointed as CTA President in 2015, Mr. Carter has led the way for unprecedented investment in CTA. Under Mayors Rahm Emanuel and Lori Lightfoot, Mr. Carter has overseen more than $8 billion of projects completed, begun or announced—including the largest construction project in CTA history (the Red and Purple Modernization), the largest railcar order in the agency’s history, and the reconstruction/rehabilitation of more than 40 rail stations.

Prior to becoming CTA President, Mr. Carter served as the Acting Chief of Staff to U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx, managing a department with more than 55,000 employees and a $70 billion budget that oversees air, maritime and surface transportation.

Prior to that, Mr. Carter served as Acting Deputy Administrator for the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) as well as FTA’s Chief Counsel, where he provided support to the Department of Transportation’s General Counsel on legal matters concerning the federal transit program.

Mr. Carter is the recipient of numerous awards and honors, including the 2019 Motorola Foundation Excellence in Public Service Award from the Civic Federation of Chicago; the Transportation Research Board’s 2021 Thomas B. Deen Distinguished Lectureship; and most recently the American Public Transportation Association’s (APTA) 2021 Outstanding Public Transportation Manager Award, the same year the CTA was named APTA’s Outstanding Public Transportation System.

A graduate of Carroll University in Waukesha, Wisconsin, where he is Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Mr. Carter also holds a Juris Doctor degree from Howard University School of Law. He is a proud member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., as well as the Illinois and Federal bar associations.

Vice Chair

Michele Wong Krause
Dallas Area Rapid Transit
Dallas, TX


Jeffrey Wharton
Director, Contracts and Technical Services
SYSTRA Engineering, Inc.
Goldsboro, NC

Immediate Past Chair

Jeffrey A. Nelson
CEO/Managing Director
Rock Island County Metropolitan Mass Transit District (MetroLink)
Moline, IL

Executive Committee

Jose R. Bustamante
Vice President, T&I National Business Development
STV Incorporated
Washington, DC

At-Large Member

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

At-Large Business Member

Jim Derwinski
CEO/Executive Director
Chicago, IL

Commuter Rail CEOs Committee Representative

Dawn Distler
Chief Executive Officer
METRO Regional Transit Authority
Akron, OH

Mid-Size Operations Committee Representative

Denise Figueroa
Board Member
Capital District Transportation Authority (CDTA)
Albany, NY

At-Large Transit Board Member

Jannet Walker-Ford
Senior Vice President & National Transit &
Rail Business Line Leader
New York, NY

Top 10 Business Member Representative

Carolyn Gonot
CEO and General Manager
Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority
San Jose, CA

Rail Transit CEOs Committee Representative

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

MJ Maynard
Chief Executive Officer
Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada
Las Vegas, NV

At-Large Member

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

Business Member Board of Governors Representative

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

Small Operations Committee Representative

Naomi Renek
Senior Advisor, Federal Policy
Metropolitan Transportation Authority
New York, NY

Top 10 Transit System Representative

Leslie S. Richards
General Manager/Chief Executive Officer
Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority
Philadelphia, PA

Legacy System Representative

Erin Rogers
CEO/General Manager
San Bernardino, CA

Bus & Paratransit CEOs Committee Representative

Rita A. Scott
Board Chair
Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority
Atlanta, GA

At-Large Transit Board Member

Troi Taylor
Board Secretary
Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County (Houston Metro)
Houston, TX

At-Large Transit Board 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

Legislative 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

2022-2023 Board of Directors

  • Michael A. Allegra
  • Richard Ament
  • Holly Arnold
  • Jameson T. Auten
  • Debra Avila
  • Glen Becerra
  • Christopher Boylan
  • Chris Brady
  • Louis J. Brown, Jr.
  • Jose Bustamante
  • Carrie Butler
  • 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
  • Jennifer DeBruhl
  • Clarelle DeGraffe
  • Jim Derwinski
  • Samuel Desue
  • Dawn Distler
  • Crissy Ditmore
  • Shawn Donaghy
  • Inez Evans
  • Katrina Faulkner
  • William Fay, Jr.
  • Denise Figueroa
  • John C. Fink, III
  • Gerald Francis
  • Jeffrey Gonneville
  • Carolyn Gonot
  • Beverly Greene
  • Semia Hackett
  • Veronique Hakim
  • Michael Heidkamp
  • Kammy Horne
  • Krish Inbarajan
  • Debra A. Johnson
  • Arezou Jolly
  • Katharine Kelleman
  • Christian Kent
  • Susannah Kerr
  • Julie Kirschbaum
  • Michele Wong Krause
  • Christos Kritsidimas
  • Karen Landers
  • James P. LaRusch
  • Adelee Le Grand
  • Richard Leary
  • Nadine Lee
  • Henry Li
  • Sally Librera
  • Jack Martinson
  • Laura Mason
  • Bacarra Mauldin
  • M.J. Maynard
  • Heather McKillop
  • Jennifer McNeill
  • Raymond Melleady
  • Brad Miller
  • J. Roger Morton
  • Jeffrey A. Nelson
  • Raquel Olivier
  • Marie Parker
  • Karen Philbrick
  • Gemma Piemontese
  • Allan Pollock
  • Robert Powers
  • Kevin B. Quinn, Jr.
  • Leanne P. Redden
  • Naomi Renek
  • Leslie Richards
  • Scott A. Sauer
  • Rita A. Scott
  • Amy Shatzkin
  • Kelli Shields
  • Lauren Skiver
  • Kimberly Slaughter
  • Manjit Sooch
  • Robin Stimson
  • Troi Taylor
  • Doug Tisdale
  • Evelynn Tran
  • Peter Varga
  • Thomas R. Waldron
  • Jannet Walker-Ford
  • Jeffrey Wharton
  • Julie A. White
  • Kimberley Williams
  • Michael Wojnar

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 I. 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
  • David M. Stackrow, Sr.
  • Gary C. Thomas
  • Ronald J. Tober
  • Michael S. Townes
  • Peter Varga
  • Phillip A. Washington
  • Leslie R. White
  • Richard A. White
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