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American Public Transportation Association

 Executive Committee

The APTA Executive Committee is comprised of individuals who are elected by APTA members to act on behalf of the full APTA Board of Directors, when the full board is not in session.

2017-2018 Officers


Nat FordNathaniel P. Ford Sr.
Chief Executive Officer
​Jacksonville Transportation Authority
Jacksonville, FL

Nat's Notes/December 2017​

Nathaniel P. Ford Sr is Chief Executive Officer of the Jacksonville Transportation Authority in Jacksonville, Florida and the current chair of the American Public Transportation Association (APTA). His distinguished career spans more than three decades, including tenures as CEO of the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency and the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority.

Mr. Ford has built a legacy on organizational leadership, fiscal acumen and innovation. He is a champion of multimodal transportation, walkable neighborhoods, public-private partnerships and transit-oriented development. He is also an expert on industry best practices and has gained insight on international transportation issues by participating in trade/study missions to Australia, China, France, New Zealand, Russia, Cuba and Portugal.

He has been active in APTA for 18 years and has served in leadership positions including Vice Chair of the Management and Finance Committee and Secretary/Treasurer.

Mr. Ford has identified five priorities during his year as APTA chair: the new mobility paradigm, workforce development, leveraging big data, enterprise risk management and leadership advocacy in Washington.

He is a member of the Transportation Research Board, where he chairs the Diversity and Inclusion Committee. In addition, he is a member of the Board of Directors of the Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce, Goodwill Industries and United Way of Northeast Florida. He is the immediate past chair of The Transportation and Expressway Authority Membership of Florida. He is a 2015 graduate of Leadership Florida. He has received numerous awards for his ambitious programs and initiatives over the span of his career, including the 2017 Thomas G. Neusom Founder’s Leadership Award from the Conference of Minority Transportation Officials and the White House Champion of Change from former U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx. He was also named “Ultimate CEO” by the Jacksonville Business Journal and received the Urban League’s Clanzel T. Brown Award for diversity programs. Under his leadership, JTA was named the winner of the 2016 APTA Outstanding Public Transportation System Achievement Award.

His educational training includes an Executive MBA from the Davis School of Business at Jacksonville University and a Bachelor of Applied Science degree in organizational leadership from Mercer University. He is a graduate of the Executive Development Consortium Program at Emory University and the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. Mr. Ford and his wife, Jannet, are the proud parents of six children between them. He is also an avid golfer.

Vice Chair

  Doran BarnesDavid M. Stackrow, Sr.  
  Capital District Transportation Authority
  Albany, NY 



  Kim R. Green
  Executive Director of Business Development
  Elk Grove Village, IL

Immediate Past Chair

Phillip A. WashingtonDoran J.  Barnes
Executive Director
Foothill Transit
West Covina, CA​


2016-2017 Members-at-Large

Dorval Carter

Doug Allen
Chief Executive Officer
Virginia Railway Express
Alexandria, VA

Commuter Rail CEOs Subcommittee Representative


Dorval Carter

Lester W. Bryant
Board Secretary
VIA Metro Transit
San Antonio, TX

At-Large Transit Board Member

Dorval Carter

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

At-Large Member



  Frederick L. Daniels, Jr.
  Treasurer, Board of Directors
  Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority
  Atlanta, GA 

  At-Large Transit Board Member​

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

  Rail Transit CEOs Subcommittee Representative

Dorval Carter

Carolyn Flowers
Senior Vice President
Los Angeles, CA

At-Large Member

  Freddie C. Fuller, II
  Vice President, Mid-Atlantic Transit & Rail Market Leader
  Washington, DC

  Top 10 Business Member Representative

  David A. Genova
  General Manger and CEO
  Regional Transportation District
  Denver, CO

  Top 10 Transit Agencies Representative

Mitchell  Andre Gibson
  Vice Chairman
  Memphis Area Transit Authority
  Memphis, TN

  At-Large Transit Board Member


Mitchell  Andrew Johnson
  Chief Operating Officer
  Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District
  Urbana, IL

  Small Operations Committee Representative

Mitchell Adelee Marie Le Grand
  Chief Strategy Officer, VP Transit Planning
  Regional Transit Authority
  New Orleans, LA

  At-Large Member

  J​ack Martinson
  Vice President/Customer Director
  ALSTOM Transportation Inc.
  New York, NY

t-Large Business Member
  Bacarra Sanderson Mauldin
  Board Member
  Birmingham Regional Paratransit Consortium dba ClasTran​
  Birmingham, AL

t-Large Transit Board Member

  Diana C. Mendes
  Mid-Atlantic Div. President & Nat'l Transit/Rail Market Sector Leader​
  HNTB Corporation
  Arlington, VA

  Legislative Committee Chair
  Brad J. Miller
  Chief Executive Officer
  Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority
  St. Petersburg, FL​

  Mid-Size Operations Committee Representative

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

  Bus and Paratransit CEOs Committee Representative

  Greg Percy

   Greg Percy
   Chief Operating Officer
   Metrolinx (GO Transit)
   Toronto, ON 

   Canadian Member

Michael A. SandersLeanne P. Redden
Executive Director
Regional Transportation Authority
Chicago, IL

Legacy System Representative


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

  At-Large Business Member

Wharton  Jeffrey Wharton
  IMPulse NC LLC
  Mount Olive, NC

  BMBG Representative

  Charles R. Wochele
  Managing Partner/Owner
  TransitConsult LLC
  Canandaigua, NY

  At-Large Business Member

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