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, with more than 40 years spent in both the public and private sectors. He served as CEO of public transit systems in Pittsburgh and Orlando and as senior vice president for WSP USA, one of the world’s largest architectural and engineering firms.
Skoutelas has also served in leadership positions on numerous boards and committees for transportation organizations, including on APTA’s Board of Directors and Executive Committee, the Transportation Research Board, National Transit Institute, Pennsylvania Transportation Institute, and the Transit Cooperative Research Program.
Most recently, he was national director of WSP USA’s Transit & Rail Technical Excellence Center where he provided strategic direction with a focus on growing the firm's transit and rail business, enhancing marketing capabilities and strengthening client relationships.
Prior to WSP, Skoutelas was the chief executive officer at two prominent public transportation agencies -- the Port of Authority of Allegheny County, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and the Central Florida Regional Transportation Authority (LYNX), Orlando, Florida. His achievements at these agencies include the successful implementation of major capital programs including the South Hills Stage II Light Rail Program, the North Shore Rail Connector, a comprehensive rail station improvement program, major rail rolling stock acquisitions and three Bus Rapid Transit projects; the Airport/West Busway, the Martin Luther King, Jr. East Busway Extension and the Orlando/Lymmo BRT.
Skoutelas received bachelor’s and master’s degrees in civil engineering from Penn State University and a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Pittsburgh. He is a licensed professional engineer.
Pamela L. Boswell
Vice President - Workforce Development & Educational Services
Pamela Boswell is Vice President-Workforce Development & Educational Services for the American Public Transportation Association (APTA).
Boswell, who joined APTA in 1999, oversees the association’s strategic, comprehensive and diverse workforce development and educational services program for its members and staff. These programs include Leadership APTA, the Emerging Leaders 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 that, she 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. 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 degree in public policy from Duke University.
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, an APTA employee since 2012, has more than 25 years of 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 is General Counsel for the American Public Transportation Association (APTA). As such, she provides 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’s Assistant Chief Counsel for Legislation and Regulations. She also led FTA’s Office of Civil Rights for six years.
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.
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.
Guzzetti is responsible for APTA’s policy research agenda, policy analysis and development, transportation information and statistics. He works 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 promote public transportation. The focus of his career has been on generating support for public transportation and the benefits it provides to communities and regions.
Prior to coming to APTA in June 1997, Guzzetti spent 16 years in management at 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.
Guzzetti has a political science degree from Edinboro State University and a master of public administration degree from the University of Pittsburgh.
Ward W. McCarragher
Vice President - Government Affairs
McCarragher manages APTA’s lobbying efforts on federal legislative issues that affect the public transit industry on Capitol Hill. In that capacity, he oversees industry efforts on the federal budget, the annual appropriations process, multi-year surface transportation authorization bills, and security, tax, energy and environmental legislation and measures that affect public transit, commuter and intercity passenger rail service, including high-speed passenger rail. He also serves as a staff advisor to APTA’s Legislative Committee.
Before joining APTA in 2018, McCarragher served as Majority/Minority Chief Counsel for the U.S. House of Representatives’ Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure for 20 years. Prior to that, he served as Majority/Minority Counsel for the Subcommittee on Surface Transportation and the Subcommittee on Economic Development and Public Buildings. In these roles, he has been directly involved in negotiating, drafting and supporting each of the public transit titles of the surface transportation legislation, starting with the Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century (TEA 21) and up to and including the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act (FAST Act).
He earned his Juris Doctor from the University of Wisconsin Law School and his Bachelor of Arts from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
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 of 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.
She is a graduate of the University of Virginia and holds a master’s degree in natural resources from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.
Vice President - Communications & Marketing
Rosemary Sheridan is Vice President-Communications & Marketing for the American Public Transportation Association (APTA).
Sheridan, who joined APTA in March 1998, has 25 years of experience in communications and marketing and public transportation. She oversees the development of APTA’s messaging and communicates key public 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. It 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 was assistant executive director of marketing and communications for New Jersey Transit Corporation, overseeing all communications, media relations, marketing, community relations, customer service and sales for the statewide 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.
Richard A. White
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 that include 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 Authority (WMATA) from 1996-2006, managing 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 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 oversaw 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 with the Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County (Houston METRO) and New Jersey Transit Corporation.
He also worked for six years with the former Urban Mass Transportation Administration, now the Federal Transit Administration.
White has eight years of experience on the private sector side with consulting services in the international transportation and infrastructure market. During that time, he worked for AECOM and Parsons Corporation.
In addition, White 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.