COMTO to Honor NASA Trailblazer and “Hidden Figure” Dr. Christine Darden at Celebrating Women Who Move the Nation

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Washington, DC (February 12, 2020) – The Conference of Minority Transportation Officials (COMTO) will honor former NASA Aerospace Engineer, Dr. Christine Darden of “Hidden Figures” fame, along with 12 other distinguished women who have excelled as transportation leaders at its annual Celebrating Women Who Move the Nation awards breakfast on March 18, 2020 at 8:00 am at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center in Washington, DC.

Hosted annually in Washington, DC during the month of March, in observance of Women’s History Month, the event honors women from all modes of transportation for their leadership and commitment to the industry and beyond. COMTO has inducted over 90 women into this signature class of leaders in categories such advocacy, aviation, private sector, public sector and lifetime achievement.

Dr. Darden broke barriers as one of NASA’s first African American and woman mathematicians and aerospace engineers where her work helped propel the agency to a leader in flight and space travel. Known as a “human computer,” Dr. Darden was featured in the book “Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race,” which inspired the Hollywood movie “Hidden Figures.”

In addition to Dr. Darden, the honorees include:

  • Regine Beauboeuf, Vice President and Program Manager, HNTB Corp.
  • Mayor Sharon Weston Broome, Baton Rouge, Louisiana
  • Jan Prisby Bryson, Chairwoman, BenchMark Management
  • Linda Darr, CEO, American Council of Engineering
  • Julie Green, Vice President, New York Region, LTK
  • Shannetta Griffin, Chief Commercial Officer, Columbus Regional Airport Authority
  • Helen McSwain, Senior Vice President, Rohadfox Construction Control
  • Anita Miller, Chief Employee Relations and Administrative Officer, MTA
  • Jennifer Mitchell, Director, Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation
  • Nicole Nason, Administrator, Federal Highway Administration
  • Angie Rivera-Malpiede, Chairman of the Board, Regional Transportation District (RTD)
  • Suzanne Shank, President and CEO, Siebert Cisneros Shank & Co., LLC

“It is a privilege to recognize such an esteemed group of nominees,” said Tanya Adams, COMTO Vice Chair and Celebrating Women Who Move the Nation Chair, who serves as Vice President, Community Relations & Diversity – Central US WSP USA. “When we selected this year’s honorees, we knew that once again we were honoring a group of women who are committed to the modernization and renewed investment in our nation’s transportation systems.

“This a great honor. I’ve been exposed to many great programs where women have been honored, and I’m still excited. I am especially an advocate for exposing young people to jobs in aviation and I salute the work being done to give youth an opportunity in transportation,” said Dr. Darden.

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About the Conference of Minority Transportation Officials (COMTO)
Founded in 1971, the Conference of Minority Transportation Officials (COMTO) was created  to provide a forum for minority professionals in the transportation industry. COMTO’s mission is to ensure opportunities and maximum participation in the transportation industry for minority individuals, businesses, and communities of color, through advocacy, information sharing, training, education, and professional development. The organization membership includes individuals, groups, transportation agencies, private sector corporations, non-profit organizations, and Historically Underutilized Businesses (HUBs).

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