ABOUT

What We Believe

We believe that diversity moves the nation. We believe that the leadership of a massive industry that has the responsibility of transporting all people all the time should reflect the complex mosaic of those they serve. We believe that commitment to inclusion across race, gender, age, religion, identity and experience moves us forward every day.

History

In 1971, with a goal to provide a forum for minority professionals in the transportation industry, Rev. Jerry Moore, then pastor of the Nineteenth Street Baptist Church, partnered with Harold B. Williams, then Urban Mass Transit Administration (UMTA) Director of the Office of Civil Rights, to organize a conference for Minorities in Transit at Howard University.

The conference was coordinated by UMTA’s Project Director, Carmen Turner, who later became the first Black women to serve as General Manager of a major transit system, the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority. The event drew 77 participants and eventually led to the formation of COMTO.

Vision

Our vision is to build upon our nearly 50-year continuous legacy of ensuring full access, while keeping pace with the rapidly evolving industry and anticipating future goals and accomplishments.

Mission

Our mission is to ensure opportunities and maximum participation in the transportation industry for minority individuals, veterans, people with disabilities and certified MWDBE businesses through leadership training, professional development, scholarship and internship funding, political advocacy, partnership building and networking opportunities.

Financial Statements

View our financial statements for 2016 and 2017.

Membership

Today, the organization has grown to more than 3,000 members in over 30 chapters across the nation. We represent the more than three million minorities in the United States who work in all modes of the transportation industry. From highways and roads to mass transit systems; from subways to rail systems and from port authorities to airports, COMTO members represent every facet of the transportation industry. This includes trucking, taxi and limousine services.

Our members are individuals, students, transportation agencies, corporations, academic institutions, industry non-profits and Historically Underutilized Businesses (HUBs). We are the presidents and chief executive officers who determine the direction of major transportation systems and the mechanics and operators who ensure the safe passage of millions of transportation riders every day.

Chapter Directory

Board of Directors

National Staff

Board of Directors

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NATIONAL CHAIR

Freddie Fuller II
Vice President
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Washington, DC

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FIRST VICE CHAIR

Tanya Adams
Vice President, Community Relations & Diversity – Central US, WSP USA, Chicago, IL

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SECOND VICE CHAIR

Sharmyn Elliott
CEO
Somat Engineering of Ohio, Inc.
Detroit, MI

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IMMEDIATE PAST CHAIR

Warren Montague
Transportation Management
and Compliance Consultant
Philadelphia, PA

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SECRETARY/
TREASURER

Loretta Kirk
Deputy General Manager
Finance and Administration
Retired, Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority
Cleveland, OH

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MEMBER AT LARGE

Mark Gale
CEO/DIrector
Broward County Aviation Department
Hollywood, FL

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MEMBER AT LARGE

Carmen Garcia
Assistant Vice President
Office of Diversity
DART, Dallas, TX

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MEMBER AT LARGE

Carla Williams
Manager of Community Relations
HART, Tampa, FL

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MEMBER AT LARGE

Adelee Le Grand, AICP
Vice President of Transit Planning
and Chief Strategy Officer
Transdev North America
New Orleans, LA

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MEMBER AT LARGE

Gwendolen Gray
Principal and CEO
G2B Consulting
Los Angeles, CA

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COUNCIL OF PRESIDENTS REPRESENTATIVE

India Birdsong
COO, WeGo Public Transit/
RTA of Middle Tennessee
Nashville, TN

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COUNCIL OF PRESIDENTS REPRESENTATIVE

Ruben Landa
Senior Communications Manager
WSP USA
Dallas, TX

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COUNCIL OF PRESIDENTS ALTERNATE

Beverly Greene
Executive Director, External Affairs Marketing & Communications
AC Transit, Oakland, CA

Christian Kent 101314-3750

ACCESSIBILITY ADVISOR

Christian T. Kent
Principal
Christian T. Kent
Transit Management Consulting
Virginia Beach, VA

How We Work

Advocate

We actively engage with key congressional transportation committee and subcommittee leaders at meetings scheduled specifically for COMTO members during COMTO’s annual View from the Hill and Congressional Black Caucus Foundation Transportation Braintrust events. We educate local political leaders, transportation agency leaders, transportation stakeholder corporate executives and board members on diversity issues. 

Collaborate

We coordinate and collaborate with other trade organizations on issues that affect COMTO members and provide networking opportunities for businesses and agencies to build alliances and partnerships. Through our Small Business Directory database we promote visibility, contracts and partnerships for MWDBE business members. 

Educate

During COMTO’s Annual National Conference we offer educational panels and Continuing Education Training. Professional development and leadership training seminars are offered locally throughout the year by individual chapters as well as at COMTO’s National Conference. We take great pride in our youth programs that create a pipeline of minority professionals and leaders through scholarships and internships

Communicate

We provide up-to-date information through the bi-monthly News in Motion e-newsletter and insightful editorials on legislative issues, national COMTO events and transportation innovations in the semi-annual Accelerate e-magazine. Through regular e-blasts and Twitter and Facebook posts, we keep members updated on chapter events. Our national and chapter websites inform of all COMTO activities. 

Innovate

We keep members informed on innovations in transportation including self-driving drone taxis, Maglev trains, elevated buses and hyperloop transportation systems. We offer training programs to prepare the current and the next generation of transportation leaders on advanced technology in the industry.