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Beaming with Pride: Celebrating the Diverse Lived Experiences That Our Members and Transportation Professionals Bring

As a member of COMTO’s Board of Directors and a leader in the transportation industry, conducting myself with the highest ethical and professional standards has been the key to my success. What drives me is the desire to set a positive example for the communities I represent and serve. As a gay American, I have …

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Inclusion for All: Celebrating Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

Hello COMTO Family, As we celebrate the accomplishments and contributions of Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islanders during the month of May, I’m reminded of the importance of COMTO and making sure our industry reflect the communities we serve. That begins by ensuring our own organization reflects all minorities and people of color. As …

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Volunteering as a Lifestyle: How Service to Others Moves Us Forward Individually and Collectively

Greetings COMTO Family, I started opening my salutations in my emails and correspondences to the COMTO Columbus chapter many years ago in that same manner. I refer to them as family. Why you may ask? I believe that when you have a heart and desire for the well-being and development of those around you, that …

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Celebrating Women Who Move the Nation Awards Marks 10 Years of Shining a Spotlight on Women Leaders in Transportation

The 10th Annual COMTO Celebrating Women Who Move the Nation (CWWMN) Awards Breakfast on March 16, 2022, was a tremendous success! COMTO members, partners and supporters came together in Washington, DC, to honor 16 women leaders from all modes of transportation who are transforming and disrupting the industry. Our honorees did not disappoint and left …

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COMTO Welcomes Three New Team Members

COMTO is thrilled to welcome three new team members to our roster! Please welcome Leon Spinner, Associate, Membership & Chapter Support; Olivia Byrd, Associate, Programs & Strategic Engagement; and A’roya Reese, Coordinator, Marketing & Communications. Leon, Olivia and A’roya will work in their respective areas to help us meet the goals we outlined in our 2022–2025 Strategic Plan. …

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COMTO Leadership Reception Receives Huge Show of Support from USDOT

On March 15, 2022, we hosted a reception in Washington, DC, to honor new COMTO leaders: Board Chair Tanya Adams and President & CEO April Rai. Several U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) leaders attended and made remarks, including USDOT Deputy Secretary Polly Trottenberg, Federal Railroad Administration Administrator Amit Bose, Federal Transit Administration Administrator Nuria Fernandez …

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COMTO Women’s History Month Spotlight: Dawn Tucker-Thomas

Dawn Tucker-Thomas, University Grants Manager, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology, U.S. Department of Transportation How did you get your start in the transportation industry? While attending undergraduate school, my first internship opportunity was with the National Aeronautics & Space Administration’s Langley Aerospace Research Summer Scholars Program, where I participated in a …

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COMTO Women’s History Month Spotlight: Kimberly Slaughter

Kimberly Slaughter, CEO, SYSTRA USA   How did you get your start in the transportation industry? I started as an intern with Parsons Brinckerhoff Quade & Douglas, Inc. about one month before I started graduate school. Best advice ever received? Strive to be a self-actualized being to deliver your best self personally and professionally. What …

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COMTO Women’s History Month Spotlight: Vanessa E. Wyche

Vanessa E. Wyche, Director, NASA Johnson Space Center   How did you get your start in the transportation industry? I’ve had lots of very exciting positions throughout my career, starting as an engineer with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration evaluating medical devices, to developing projects to perform biological studies on astronauts at NASA.  I …

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COMTO Women’s History Month Spotlight: Verdenia C. Baker

Verdenia C. Baker Administrator, Palm Beach County   How did you get your start in the transportation industry? I served as the budget analyst for Palm Tran, our mass transit system, many years ago.  I work very closely with the Executive Director of Palm Tran for Palm Beach County, as he works to transform our …

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