Since its founding in 1974, the American Public Transportation Association has had strong leadership from its members. From 1974 through 1987, APTA had both an elected President and an elected Chair who jointly served in the capacity of senior elected official. In 1987, APTA transitioned to one elected Chair.

1974-1975
President:
Stanley H. Gates, Jr., Houston, TX
Chair:
William J. Ronan, New York City, NY


1975-1976
President:
Stanley H. Gates, Jr., Houston, TX
Chair:
William J. Ronan, New York City, NY


1976-1977
President:
Thomas O. Prior, San Diego, CA
Chair:
James J. McDonough, Chicago, IL


1977-1978
President:
Thomas O. Prior, San Diego, CA
Chair:
James J. McDonough, Chicago, IL


1978-1979
President:
Houston P. Ishmael, Memphis, TN
Chair:
Harold L. Fisher, New York City, NY


1979-1980
President:
Houston P. Ishmael, Memphis, TN
Chair:
John L. McDonnell, Oakland, CA


1980-1981
President:
Leonard Ronis, Cleveland, OH
Chair:
John L. McDonnell, Oakland, CA


1981-1982
President:
Leonard Ronis, Cleveland, OH
Chairs:
Eugene M. Barnes, Chicago, IL
David F. Girard-diCarlo, Philadelphia, PA


1982-1983
President:
James H. Graebner, San Jose, CA
Chair:
Joseph Alexander, Washington, DC


1983-1984
President:
James H. Graebner, San Jose, CA
Chair:
Joseph Alexander, Washington, DC


1984-1985
President:
Bernard J. Ford, Chicago, IL
Chair:
Warren H. Frank, Syracuse, NY


1985-1986
President:
Lawrence W. Jackson, Long Beach, CA
Chair:
Warren H. Frank, Syracuse, NY


1986-1987
President:
Lawrence W. Jackson, Long Beach, CA
Chair:
Reba Malone, San Antonio, TX


1987-1988
Chair:
Reba Malone, San Antonio, TX


1988-1989
Chair:
James E. Cowan, Portland, OR


1989-1990
Chair:
Daniel T. Scannell, New York City, NY


1990-1991
Chair:
Alan F. Kiepper, New York City, NY


1991-1992
Chair:
Louis H. Parsons, Toronto, ONT


1992-1993
Chair:
Louis J. Gambaccini, Philadelphia, PA


1993-1994
Chair:
Rod Diridon, San Jose, CA


1994-1995
Chair:
Richard J. Simonetta, Atlanta, GA


1995-1996
Chair:
Frank J. Wilson, Trenton, NJ


1996-1997
Chair:
Leslie R. White, Vancouver, WA


1997-1998
Chair:
Howard C. Breen, Kansas City, MO


1998-1999
Chair:
Shirley A. DeLibero, Houston, TX


1999-2000
Chair:
John P. Bartosiewicz, Fort Worth, TX


2000-2001
Chair:
Ronald J. Tober, Charlotte, NC


2001-2002
Chair:
Peter M. Cipolla, San Jose, CA


2002-2003
Chair:
Celia G. Kupersmith, San Francisco, CA


2003-2004
Chair:
George F. Dixon, III, Cleveland, OH


2004-2005
Chair:
Richard A. White, Washington, DC


2005-2006
Chairs:
Ronald L. Barnes, Columbus OH
Howard Silver, Bakersfield, CA


2006-2007
Chair:
Howard Silver, Bakersfield, CA


2007-2008
Chair:
Michael S. Townes, Norfolk, VA


2008-2009
Chair:
Beverly A. Scott, Ph.D., Atlanta, GA


2009-2010
Chair:
Mattie P. Carter, Memphis, TN


2010-2011
Chair:
Michael J. Scanlon, San Carlos, CA


2011-2012
Chair:
Gary C. Thomas, Dallas, TX


2012-2013
Chair:
Flora Castillo, Newark, NJ


2013-2014
Chair:
Peter Varga, Grand Rapids, MI


2014-2015
Chair:
Phillip A. Washington, Denver, CO


2015-2016
Chair:
Valarie J. McCall


2016-2017
Chair:
Doran J. Barnes


2017-2018
Chair:
Nat Ford


2018-2019
Chair:
David Stackrow


2019-2020
Chair:
Nuria Fernandez


2020-2022
Chair:
Jeff Nelson

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