Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation
Nadine Lee is the Deputy Director for Los Angeles Metro’s Office of Extraordinary Innovation. Previously, she was a Project Manager for the Denver Regional Transportation District’s (RTD) FasTracks Program. A registered Professional Engineer in Colorado and Kansas, she began her career as a highway design engineer in Kansas City before moving to Denver in 1998 to work on her first transit project, RTD’s Southeast Corridor. Since then Ms. Lee has worked on numerous transit projects in Denver, Seattle, Salt Lake City, Fort Lauderdale, Minneapolis, Portland, and Los Angeles. Ms. Lee’s responsibilities include stakeholder communications, consultant oversight, coordination and management, and responsibility for project schedules and budgets. Ms. Lee presented research papers on level boarding for the Northwest Rail (American Public Transportation Association Rail Conference, 2008) and on the at grade crossing evaluation methodology used for Northwest Rail (2007 Transportation Research Board Annual Meeting and the 2007 Texas Transportation Institute National Highway-Rail Grade Crossing Safety Training Conference). Ms. Lee participated in the prestigious Transit Cooperative Research Program’s (TCRP) International Transit Studies Program (ITSP) for the Spring 2009 mission to Southeast Asia. This study group traveled to Hong Kong, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, and Taipei to examine the use of performance measures to improve service delivery to transit customers. The findings by the study mission participants were published in the TCRP Research Results Digest 95 (April 2010). Ms. Lee served on the International Board for WTS (Women’s Transportation Seminar) and is a past Co-Chair of the WTS Leadership Series and a Past President of the Colorado Chapter. She holds a B.S. in civil engineering from the University of Missouri-Columbia.
Texas Southern University
Carol Lewis is an Associate Professor in Transportation Studies and Director of the Center for Transportation Training and Research at Texas Southern University. She is responsible for educating students in fundamentals of transportation and urban transportation issues, as well as conducting operational and policy related transportation research. Lewis was recently named TSU’s Principal Investigator for the Department of Homeland Security’s National Transportation Security Center of Excellence for Petrochemical Transportation Security. Since 1992, she has conducted research for the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) recently completing a study regarding regionalizing public transportation. Lewis’ work for TxDOT also includes research about Smart Growth, Land Use and Development, Strategic Planning, and Land Value Effects of Elevated and Depressed Freeways. Dr. Lewis was the research supervisor for FHWA’s Noise Compatible Land Use Brochure and workshop series on this topic. Her funded research also includes corridor feasibility studies for major Houston area freeway corridors, analysis of options to better manage freeway lanes and an assessment of the external influences on transit-oriented development. Prior to joining Texas Southern University, Dr. Lewis spent 15 years as manager and director of planning at the Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County. She belongs to a number of professional organizations including the Transportation Technical Committee of the local Metropolitan Planning Organization and the Red Cross Transportation Advisory Committee. In 2004, Houston’s Mayor Bill White appointed her to the Office of Mobility, an advisory function of the Mayor’s Office and as Chair of the City’s Planning Commission. At the suggestion of Mayor White, she was appointed to the Governor’s Task Force on Emergency Evacuation following the 2005 hurricane season. Dr. Lewis served two years on the board of the Metropolitan Transit Authority as an appointee of, then, Houston Mayor Lee Brown and six years as the national academic advisor for the Conference of Minority Transportation Officials. Dr. Lewis holds a Ph.D. from the University of Houston in Political Science and M.A. and B.A. from the University of Iowa.
John Lewis, Jr.
Charlotte Area Transit System
John Lewis is the Chief Executive Officer of the Charlotte Area Transit System (CATS). He arrived in September 2015 and is leading CATS through a construction of the LYNX Blue Line Extension, expansion of existing light rail platforms to accept three car trains, and advancing of the CityLYNX Gold Line Phase 2 (streetcar) through final design and into construction. Mr. Lewis previously served as CEO of the Central Florida Regional Transit Authority (LYNX) where he provided strategic leadership to Central Florida’s primary mass transit system. During his tenure at LYNX, he oversaw two design/build projects for the expansion of Orlando’s LYMMO Bus Rapid Transit Line and managed three additional Alternatives Analysis Studies for the U.S. Route 192 Corridor in Osceola County, Route 50 Corridor in Orange County, and the final segment of the LYMMO study (North/South alignment). Prior to his time with LYNX, Mr. Lewis held several leadership positions as the CEO of the Greater Richmond Transit Company, and director of rail operations and director of bus operations with the Maryland Transit Administration. He chaired the Leadership APTA committee from November 2011 to November 2014, is a board member of the Conference of Minority Transportation Officials and the TCRP Oversight and Project Selection Committee. Mr. Lewis holds a bachelor of arts in political science from Allegheny College.
Jennifer McNeill is a transportation industry veteran with over two decades of leadership in transit bus manufacturing and aerospace. She joined New Flyer in 2012 and currently leads the Sales and Marketing operation, while also providing strategic business intelligence direction. Prior to New Flyer, she held senior management and leadership positions in engineering, quality, sales, and business strategy, including Vice President Sales, Marketing and Business Development with Standard Aero. She is a catalyst for the development of New Flyer’s zero-emission vehicle program offerings in Canada and the U.S., and is a board member with the Canadian Urban Transit Association (CUTA) and the Canadian Urban Transit Research and Innovation Consortium (CUTRIC). She holds both a mechanical engineering degree and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Manitoba, and is an accredited Professional Engineer.
Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority
Bradford Miller is the chief executive officer at Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority, a position he has held since 2013. The Transit Authority has instituted an innovative pilot program with Uber and United Taxi and the successfully negotiated with the Service Employees International Union representing about 500 PSTA employees. Before joining PSTA, Miller worked five years as general manager of the Des Moines Area Regional Transit Authority in Iowa and six years at the Charlotte Area Transit System in North Carolina.
Macy Neshati is the Executive Director and CEO of Antelope Valley Transit Authority, a position he took in 2018. Prior to that, he was Vice President of Bus Sales for BYD Motors after having spent the previous 17 years as Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Complete Coach Works, helping CCW to become a dominant bus remanufacturer in North America. Mr. Neshati has been involved in the heavy equipment and transit industry for 35 years when he joined the Northern California Distributor for Detroit Diesel and Allison in 1979. After working within the Detroit Diesel and Allison distributor network for nearly fifteen years in various roles including service and parts manager, materials manager and eventually sales manager, Mr. Neshati joined Complete Coach Works as Vice President of Sales and Marketing and led the company to a sales growth of over 700% during his tenure. Mr. Neshati holds a B.A. in business management from St. Mary’s College.
Deb A. Niemeier
Deb Niemeier is a professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of California, Davis. Her primary research is on developing highly accurate, accessible processes and emissions modeling and urban models that can be used in the public sector, including the identification and modeling of environmental health disparities and improved understanding of formal and informal governance processes in urban planning. She is interested in emergent properties or characteristics that give rise to inequitable outcomes, particularly those associated with climate change. Her research has resulted in new ways to identify the spatial properties of mobile source emissions, new methods for developing vehicle emissions inventories, and improved regulatory guidance, including better identification of vulnerable populations. Her accomplishments include serving as the lead author for current federal guidance for PM (particulate matter) hotspot analysis for California, whose standards generally exceed federal standards. This guidance was based on translational work in vehicle emissions modeling and transportation project development conducted as part of the six year state and federally funded program, the UC Davis Air Quality Project (AQP), which resulted more than 50 reports aimed at improving public agency transportation-air quality modeling. Led by Dr. Niemeier, new ways to better estimate mobile source emissions inventories were developed and ushered into public sector practice through the AQP. This work was seminal in developing innovative and rigorous evaluation processes for public agencies charged with assessing the air quality effects of new transportation infrastructure and is used in some form by nearly all state transportation agencies. In 2014, she was named a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) for “distinguished contributions to energy and environmental science study and policy development.” In 2015, she was named a Guggenheim Fellow for foundational work on pro bono service in engineering. In 2017, she was elected to the National Academy of Engineering. She holds a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Texas, and a Ph.D. in civil engineering from the University of Washington.
Chris Pangilinan is the program director for technology and rider engagement at TransitCenter, a foundation dedicated to improving urban mobility. His work focuses on reforming transit agencies practices around data, performance metrics, and bus dispatching to improve service for their riders. He is also an advocate for improved access for people with disabilities to the New York City subway system. He has a B.S. in civil engineering from Portland State University and a master’s degree in transportation engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Amalgamated Transit Union
Edward Watt is Director of Special Projects for the Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU). Previously he was responsible for rebuilding the Health and Safety department at the Transit Workers Union of America (TWU) and for health and safety training. He represented TWU of America on Health and Safety matters at the AFL-CIO, National Safety Council, American Public Transportation Association, and the International Transport Workers Federation (ITF). He began working for the New York City Transit Authority as a bus operator in 1980. After serving in various union positions, he was elected Financial Secretary-Treasurer in 2000. In this position, he was responsible for coordinating various health and safety research projects with a variety of institutions, including Cornell's Institute for Workplace Studies. He was a member of the U.S. DOT Transit Rail Advisory Committee on Safety. He earned a master’s degree in industrial and labor relations from Baruch/Cornell.