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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 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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COMTO Women’s History Month Spotlight: Alva Carrasco

Alva Carrasco, President, Latinos In Transit Board of Directors; Vice President – Transit & Rail National Business Line, West Regional Market Lead, WSP USA  How did you get your start in the transportation industry? I began my career in public transit as a staff assistant at Santa Monica’s Big Blue Bus. I was responsible for …

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COMTO Women’s History Month Spotlight: Claire M. Williams

Claire M. Williams, Executive Vice President, KDM Engineering   How did you get your start in the transportation industry? In 1996, Deborah Sawyer asked me to come work for her engineering firm in Chicago. At the time, I committed to working with Deborah who was a family friend, for five years and started off with …

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COMTO Women’s History Month Spotlight: Petra Mollet

Petra Mollet, Vice President, Strategic and International Programs, American Public Transportation Association   How did you get your start in the transportation industry? Right out of college, I aimed to become a journalist. That led me to my first freelance job as a writer and researcher in the transportation industry. I got hooked immediately and …

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COMTO Women’s History Month Spotlight: Michele Wong Krause

Michele Wong Krause, Chair, Dallas Area Rapid Transit Board of Directors How did you get your start in the transportation industry? A Dallas City Council Member asked me if I would be interested in serving on DART. As a child, I rode public transit. As an adult and business owner, I valued public transit and …

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