WASHINGTON (October 12, 2019) The American Public Transportation Association (APTA) elected its 2019-2020 Executive Committee Oct. 12 during its TRANSform Conference in New York.

The new APTA Chair is Nuria I. Fernandez, who is general manager and chief executive officer of the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority, San Jose, CA.

“It is an honor to take the reins of the association that represents the industry that has been part of my life throughout my 39-year career,” said Fernandez. “This is an exciting and transformational time for public transportation as we continue to make sure tens of millions of Americans get to school, work, or wherever they need to go, while also connecting communities and boosting our nation’s economy.”

Jeffrey A. Nelson, general manager of the Rock Island County Metropolitan Mass Transit District (MetroLINK), Moline, IL, will serve as vice chair.

Freddie C. Fuller II, vice president, electronic payment systems, for Jacobs, will remain secretary-treasurer. David M. Stackrow Sr., board treasurer of the Capital District Transportation Authority in Albany, NY, will serve as immediate past chair.

In addition, the following individuals will serve three-year terms on the APTA Executive Committee:

  • Thomas Waldron, senior vice president, HDR
  • Michele Wong Krause, secretary, Dallas Area Rapid Transit
  • Henry Li, general manager and CEO, Sacramento Regional Transit District
  • Richard J. Leary, CEO, Toronto Transit Commission, Canadian representative, and
  • Raymond J. Melleady, executive vice president, USSC Group.

Those serving new three-year terms on the APTA Board of Directors are:

  • Dorval R. Carter Jr., president, Chicago Transit Authority
  • Kimberly Dunham, executive director, Greater New Haven (CT) Transit District
  • Inez Evans, president and CEO, IndyGo, (IN)
  • Arezou Jolly, vice chair, Jacksonville (FL) Transit Authority Board of Directors
  • Bacarra Sanderson Mauldin, executive director, Birmingham (AL) Regional Paratransit Consortium dba ClasTran
  • Natalie Cornell, director of business development, LTK Engineering Services
  • Jack Martinson, vice president/customer director, Alstom; and
  • Jose Bustamante, vice president, T&I national business development.


The American Public Transportation Association (APTA) is a nonprofit international association of 1,500 public and private sector organization which represent a $71 billion industry that directly employs 430,000 people and supports millions of private sector jobs. APTA members are engaged in the areas of bus, paratransit, light rail, commuter rail, subways, waterborne services, and intercity and high-speed passenger rail. This includes: transit systems; planning, design, construction, and finance firms; product and service providers; academic institutions; transit associations and state departments of transportation. APTA is the only association in North America that represents all modes of public transportation. APTA members serve the public interest by providing safe, efficient and economical transit services and products.

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