CELEBRATING WOMEN WHO
MOVE THE NATION

COMTO’s Celebrating Women Who Move the Nation (CWWMN) awards recognizes the outstanding contributions of women who are leading and advancing America’s transportation industry. Hosted annually in Washington, DC during the month of March, in observance of Women’s History Month, this signature COMTO event celebrates women from all modes of transportation representing all sectors of the industry.
COMTO inaugurated the Celebrating Women Who Move the Nation awards in 2012, starting a new tradition of recognizing the accomplishments and influence of today’s outstanding women in transportation. COMTO has honored over 75 women with this award to date.

Our 2020 Celebrating Women Who Move the Nation Honorees will be recognized on Tuesday, September 28, 2021, 2:00 pm–3:30 pm EDT, at the Virtual COMTO 50th Anniversary National Meeting and Training Conference.

2020 Honorees

Regine C. Beauboeuf, PE, Senior Vice President, Director, Infrastructure & Mobility Equity, HNTB

Regine C. Beauboeuf, PE, is senior vice president and director of Infrastructure and mobility Equity at HNTB Corporation, an employee owned infrastructure solutions firm. Ms. Beauboeuf  has 35 years of regional transportation and infrastructure experience specializing in the management of large, complex transportation projects. She has extensive experience on design build and public private partnership projects in the U.S. and Canada. She has  managed and supervised the engineering program for the Detroit River International Crossing project (The Gordie Howe Bridge — $4.2 billion) for the localization of the new border crossing between the cities of Detroit and Windsor in Michigan, USA, and Ontario, Canada. Ms. Beauboeuf has served as the project manager for the Turcot Interchange Design/Build ($1.2 billion), the A-25 PublicPrivate Partnership ($485 million) in Montreal, Quebec and the Innovate Mound Project in Macomb County where the County is looking to reconstruct and modernize nine (9) miles of Mound Road from I-696 to M-59 through the Cities of Warren and Sterling Heights. In her current role as director of Infrastructure and Mobility Equity, she is charged with providing technical expertise and leadership on HNTB’s ongoing efforts advancing equity through the organization’s existing work, enhancing our Partners Program, increase opportunities for historically underutilized businesses and collaboration with industry associations.

Prior to her experience in the private sector, Ms. Beauboeuf was the supervising engineer for the Project Development Section of the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT). In that capacity, Ms. Beauboeuf was responsible for the development and delivery of all capacity improvements and new road projects for the State of Michigan and managed a delivery budget of $3 billion.

Mayor Sharon Weston Broome, Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Sharon Weston Broome is a firm believer in achieving progress through inclusion, innovation and information.
Since taking office, Mayor Broome has placed a heavy focus on improving the quality of life for citizens while building resiliency through infrastructure improvements. She has focused on addressing transportation, drainage, public safety, education, economic development and revitalizing neighborhoods. 

Mayor Broome is the first female Mayor-President of the City of Baton Rouge and East Baton Rouge Parish. She previously served as a Baton Rouge Metro City Council Member, a Louisiana State Representative and a Louisiana State Senator. 

While serving in the legislature, Broome became the first woman to hold the leadership positions of Speaker Pro Tempore in the House and President Pro Tempore in the Senate. 

Mayor Broome has been recognized for her service and leadership by several organizations. She was selected for the inaugural class of the Bloomberg-Harvard City Leadership Initiative. Mayor Broome was recently appointed co-chair for the Mississippi River Cities and Towns Initiative and serves on the advisory board for the U.S. Conference of Mayors. 

She has been recognized for her service and dedication to Baton Rouge. Mayor Broome was recognized by the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives, the Louisiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence, the American Heart Association, Every Child Matters, and the National Congress of Black Women. 

Mayor Broome has earned awards for her exemplary efforts in her community. She has received the Luminary Award from Links Incorporated LA Capitale Chapter, the Baton Rouge NAACP Lifetime Achievement Award, Girl Scouts Louisiana East 2017 Women of Distinction Award and the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. (Lambda Kappa Kappa Chapter) 2017 Citizen of the Year Award – just to name a few. 

Broome holds a B.A. in Mass Communication from the University of Wisconsin-Lacrosse. She is a 2019 recipient of UW-L Alumni Association’s Maurice O. Graff Distinguished Alumni Award. Mayor Broome received her M.A. in Communications from Regent University. The mayor has served as an adjunct instructor at the Manship School of Mass Communication at Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge Community College and Southern University.

Faith and family are priorities for Mayor Broome. She is a member of United Christian Faith Ministries Church and is happily married to Marvin Broome. They are the proud parents of three children and have three grandchildren.

Jan Prisby Bryson, Chairwoman, BenchMark Management

Jan Prisby Bryson is a strong, courageous and compassionate Atlanta businesswoman. She is the Chairwoman, Founder and immediate past President of BenchMark Management where that strength and courage has brought years of major growth to the engineering, construction and program management services company. BenchMark, founded in 2003, is a combination Female Business Enterprise and Minority Business Enterprise (FBE/MBE).

For those unfamiliar with Ms. Bryson, she shows up. For everyone. Her 20 years in business and government affairs, especially promoting minority inclusion in federal, state and municipal governments, has helped a lot more than BenchMark’s growth. Jan, the builder that she is, has constructed diverse economic, racial, and social business relationships that raise everyone’s prospects and profiles.

Ms. Bryson’s holds her own in the male-dominated construction space. She served from 1997 to 2003 as Vice President of Government Affairs for TOC, Inc., a company that provided full professional architectural, engineering, construction management and general contracting services from concept through final design of projects that were primarily related to the City of Atlanta Consent Decree.

In addition, Ms. Bryson has served on numerous boards, steering, planning and fundraising committees and has worked on many federal, state and local political campaigns including serving as State Director for the presidential campaigns of Al Gore and John Kerry and as the Campaign Manager for Citizens for Clean Water 2008. Never one to say it can’t be done, five years ago, Ms. Bryson co-founded WICERS, a groundbreaking annual conference offering educational and networking opportunities for women in construction, engineering and related services. Ms. Bryson has also been the recipient of many awards, including the Atlanta Business League’s top 100 Black Women of Influence, the United Negro College Fund Distinguished Service Award and NARAL Georgia Pro Choice Award. Recently Ms. Bryson was awarded, Entrepreneur of the Year by the Atlanta Business League and was inducted into the International Civil Rights Walk of Fame in Atlanta.

Ms. Bryson attended Youngstown State University in Youngstown, Ohio.

Dr. Christine Darden, Former NASA Aerospace Engineer and 'Hidden Figure'

Christine Mann Darden is a native of Monroe, NC and a graduate of Allen High School in Asheville, NC. She has a BS Degree in Mathematics from Hampton Institute (now University) in Hampton, VA, the MS Degree in Applied Mathematics from Virginia State College (now University) in Petersburg, VA, and the D.Sc. Degree in Mechanical Engineering from George Washington University in Washington, DC. Darden also holds a Certificate of Advanced Study in Management from Simmons College Graduate School of Management in Boston, MA.

After nearly 40 years of service, Dr. Darden retired from NASA Langley Research Center in March 2007 as a member of The Senior Executive Service. Her final assignment at Langley was as Director of the Office of Strategic Communications and Education (OSCE). Darden also previously served as Director of the Aero Performing Center Program Management Office (APCPMO), as a Senior Program Manager in NASA’s High Speed Research (HSR) Program Office, and for nearly 30 years as an internationally known researcher in high-speed aerodynamics and sonic boom research. Prior to her NASA career, she taught high school mathematics.

Darden is an Associate Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), and a Past Secretary of its Technical Committee on Aero-acoustics. She has also held membership in several honor or technical societies.

During her NASA career, Darden authored over 57 technical papers and articles, primarily in the areas of sonic boom prediction, sonic boom minimization, and supersonic wing design. She is recognized as an international expert in these areas. Darden has been recognized with dozens of awards and honors—including two NASA Medals, the Black Engineer of the Year Outstanding Achievement in Government Award and the Women in Science & Engineering Lifetime Achievement Award. Darden and her husband Walter have three daughters, five grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.

Linda Darr, President & CEO, American Council of Engineering Companies

Linda Bauer Darr’s career spans over 30 years focusing primarily on transportation and infrastructure policy. In her current role, she works with a federation of 52 state and regional organizations. ACEC is the business association of the nation’s engineering industry.

Prior to ACEC, Linda served at the helm of two other trade associations: one for the railroad industry and one for the moving and storage industry. Her association work began at the American Trucking Associations heading up ATA’s international trade policy. From there she was appointed to serve as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Budget and Programs at USDOT in the Clinton Administration presiding over a $50 billion budget and helping the President build initiatives to drive development in the Mississippi Delta. Post-DOT, she spent 7 years overseeing policy, communications, and research at the American Bus Association. Linda serves on the Board of the University of Denver Transportation Institute, the Management Committee of the Americans for Transportation Mobility Committee and the Transportation Construction Coalition and sits on the US Chamber’s Committee of the top 100 trade association CEOs.

Linda has proudly served as ACEC’s CEO since August 2018 defending the interests of its 5,600 member firms that drive the design of America’s built environment and its transportation, water and energy infrastructure.

Julie Green, Vice President, New York Region, Hatch LTK

Julie Green is an outstanding woman in a leadership position in the transportation industry who has consistently advanced the industry for over 25 years. Julie is Vice President for Hatch LTK’s New York Region where she is responsible for all rail vehicle and systems engineering projects and staff in the region. Julie is also responsible for oversight of LTK’s national provision of expert consulting support on procurement of rail vehicles and systems. Julie has been involved in a number of signature transportation projects during her career including Amtrak’s Acela train, Europe’s Eurostar train, Houston Metro’s first LRT system, SEPTA’s Key Card system and most recently multiple major subway car projects for NYCT.

Julie has demonstrated her on-going commitment to diversity and inclusion since she started her career at LTK in 1994 through her recruiting, mentorship and volunteering practices, as well as all subcontractor interactions. Julie has been an active board member of COMTO New York since she transitioned to the region in 2016. She initially brought her organizational and fundraising skills as Chair Friends of COMTO New York and currently holds the position of Chapter Treasurer. Julie has been an active member of WTS since the early 1990’s, was an active board member of the Philadelphia March of Dimes 2013-2016, and is a current Board Member of New York Public Transit Association (NYPTA).

Julie grew up in England, holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from NKI School of Engineering and an MBA in Strategic Management from the Norwegian School of Business (both schools located in Oslo, Norway). She holds a Professional Engineering (PE) license in PA, NY, DC, MD, MI and VA, has attained her Certified Smart Card Industry Professional (CSCIP) credential from the Smart Card Alliance and holds a patent for Automated Fare Collection Systems.

Shannetta Griffin, Associate Administrator, Airports, Federal Aviation Administration

Shannetta R. Griffin was appointed as the Federal Aviation Administration Associate Administrator of Airports in June 2021.

Ms. Griffin is a successful professional engineer with more than 35 years of proven managerial leadership, operational performance, project engineering, client relationship development, and small business advocacy within the private and public sectors of the transportation industry with an emphasis on aviation.

Ms. Griffin has been responsible for multiple capital improvement programs valuing billions of dollars; and economic growth for commercial revenue with concessions, car rentals, airlines, cargo, and land development. Her significant advocacy towards business diversity and inclusion can be exemplified through increased firm growth, development, and valuable participation

Ms. Griffin received her degree from the University of Toledo and was the first African- American woman to graduate from the College of Civil Engineering. She enjoys inspiring the next generation of engineering students and professionals through mentoring, college recruiting and professional advising.

Ms. Griffin has been a member of the Airport Minority Advisory Council (AMAC) since 1986 and is a current and past Board member, Chair of the AMAC Conference Planning Committee, Chair of the 30th Anniversary Committee, Chair of the Annual AMAC Airport Business Diversity Conference, member of the AMAC Government Affairs, AMAC Membership, AMAC National Conference Planning, and AMAC Aviation Professional Development committees. She is a Past Chair of the Airport Council International-North America Business Diversity Committee, She is a past Board member of WTS International and a current Board member for the Franklin County Transportation Improvement District. She holds leadership positions and membership in many aviation, and business organizations such as the American Association of Aviation Executives, WTS International, Professional Society of Civil Engineers, National Society of Black Engineers, Conference of Minority Transportation Officials, National Forum for Black Public Administrators, Mayor of Columbus Disparity Study Business Advisory Committee and others. She is also a proud member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.

Ms. Griffin has been recognized by transportation and civic organization such as Woman in Aviation
Excellence – Legacy Award by Airport Minority Advisory Council, Women Who Move the Nation by the Conference of Minority Transportation Officials, Member of the Year – WTS Michigan Chapter, Women of the Year by WTS – Columbus Chapter, Distinguished Alumni by the University of Toledo College of Civil Engineering, Corporate Professional of the Year by the National Forum for Black Public Administrators, and Achievement in Business and Industry award by the Indianapolis Center for Leadership Development (CLD) and Strathmore Who’s Who.

Helen Tift McSwain, Senior Vice President, Rohadfox Construction Control Services

Helen Tift McSwain is Senior Vice President and National Transit Director at Rohadfox Construction Control Services Corporation. Where she directs the national strategy and transit operations for the 43-year-old minority and woman-owned firm. Ms. McSwain’s 30-year transit career spans across public and private sectors. Prior to joining Rohadfox, she served as Vice President and Regional Director at Atkins North America. Her public agency career includes executive leadership at the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (Atlanta) and METRA Commuter Railroad (Chicago).

Her commitment to mentoring is exemplified through her legacy of volunteer leadership to COMTO City Internship and Youth Symposium; WTS International Transportation You Program, APTA Emerging Leaders Program, Georgia Supplier Diversity Corporate Mentor Protégé Program, FIRST Robotics; Dr. Lonnie Johnson STEM Activity Center; and Atkins Global STEM Outreach. She is a recipient of the ATKINS Global Achievement Award for her efforts promoting STEM awareness for girls in underserved communities.

Ms. McSwain civic leadership engagement includes the Board of Trustees for Clayton State University (Atlanta, Ga), Clayton Economic Development Board of Directors; Atlanta Regional Commission LINK Delegate, Atlanta Executive Women’s Build-Habitat for Humanity, and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Throughout her career she has held local and national leadership positions supporting the Conference of Minority Transportation Officials (COMT0), American Public Transit Association (APTA), and Women’s Transportation Seminar (WTS).

Anita Miller, Chief Employee Relations and Administrative Officer, MTA

In April 2015, Chairman and CEO Thomas F. Prendergast appointed Anita L. Miller to the newly-created position of Chief Employee Relations and Administrative Officer for the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA).

In this capacity, Anita is responsible for the administration of human capital management activities such as setting the strategic direction for labor relations, human resources, training, benefits and pension programs throughout MTA. As the chief labor contracts negotiator for the MTA, Anita is also responsible for briefing and advising the MTA Chairman and the MTA Board on all significant labor-employment related issues, negotiating over 60 collective bargaining agreements, drafting labor relations policies, and representing the agencies before the National Mediation Board and the Presidential Emergency Board.

During her career in public transportation, Anita has held the positions of Vice President of Labor Relations, Assistant Vice President of Research and Training, Labor Attorney and Labor Relations Hearing Officer. Anita’s prior experience includes serving as Chief of the Employee Disciplinary Division for the New York City Housing Authority and Labor Relations Analyst for Beth Israel Medical Center.

In February 2000, Anita received a Proclamation from the City Council of the City of New York for implementing “lasting change” in both the labor and legal advocacy arenas. During her 12-year tenure as a legal advocate and labor leader with Legal Services for New York City, Brooklyn Branch, and Co-President of the Legal Services Staff Association, Anita’s history of fighting for indigent New Yorkers and workers’ rights as a former legal services advocate and labor leader, provided her with a resourceful background to meet the challenges of representing the Nation’s largest public transportation agency during challenging times. She recruited and leads a diverse group of talented and dedicated subject matter professionals that advance the mission of the agency to safely and efficiently transport millions of riders to and from their point of destination.

One of the many community service initiatives Anita is passionate about is the New York State Mentoring Program and its impact on the next generation. For two succeeding years (2017-2019), under Anita’s leadership, supportive mentor relationships were forged with students at risk of dropping out of school. The MTA has been recognized as the leading public agency in New York State to participate in this robust mentoring program under the auspices of Matilda Raffa Cuomo, Pro Bono Chair.

In May 2017, Anita received the T.J. Martell Foundation “Women of Influence” Award, an organization committed to research programs for ovarian and breast cancer. Having been raised by her father after losing her mother to breast cancer at the age of 10, Anita recounts the influence and inspiration of her father that have impacted her tremendously, both personally and professionally.

Anita presently serves as an Advisory Board Member for the COMTO, New York Chapter.

It was later in her professional career that she attended law school, which was a special milestone to celebrate with her dad. Anita ultimately received her Juris Doctorate from Yeshiva University’s Benjamin N. Cardozo, School of Law and a Bachelor of Science in Politics, Economics and Society from the State University of New York-College at Old Westbury. She is admitted to the New York State Bar.

Anita is married to the Hon. David J. Bryan and resides in Addisleigh Park, New York.

Jennifer Mitchell, Director, Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation

Jennifer Mitchell was appointed in January 2018 by Governor Ralph Northam as the Director of the Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation (DRPT), the state agency responsible for funding and oversight to public transit systems, and passenger and freight rail programs across the Commonwealth. She was previously appointed to this position in January of 2014 by Governor Terrence McAuliffe.

In her time with DRPT Jennifer has led several high priority transportation initiatives for the Commonwealth, including a recently announced $3.7 billion deal with CSX to construct the Long Bridge and dramatically expand passenger rail in the Commonwealth; legislation that provided dedicated funding and governance reforms for the Washington Metropolitan Area Transportation Authority (WMATA); new sources of transit funding from High Occupancy Tolling projects in northern Virginia and Hampton Roads; creation of the Metro Safety Commission; developing more rigorous and transparent allocation processes for statewide transit funding; extending passenger rail to Roanoke; and opening the “Pulse” Bus Rapid Transit system in Richmond, VA. She also serves as a member of the Commonwealth Transportation Board, and as a board member on several transit agencies across the Commonwealth.

Jennifer has over twenty-five years of experience in the transportation industry, where she has specialized in the planning and implementation of public transit projects, with a particular emphasis on developing strategic financial plans and advancing major projects through planning, design and construction.

In 2018 she was named by Railway Age as a Woman of the Year, and received the 2017 Distinguished Public Service Leadership Award from the Virginia Transit Association. She also received Woman of the Year by the Women’s Transportation Seminar chapters in Washington, DC and Central Virginia in 2016. She previously served on the Executive Committee for APTA and is on the Women’s Transportation Seminar Foundation Board of Directors.

Nicole Nason, Chief Safety Officer and Head of External Affairs, Cavnue

Nicole R. Nason is the Chief Safety Officer and Head of External Affairs at Cavnue, a company founded by Sidewalk Infrastructure Partners (SIP) that combines technology and road infrastructure to unlock the full potential of connected and autonomous vehicles.

Previously, Ms. Nason served as Administrator of the Federal Highway Administration (2019–2021). In this role, she leads a Modal Administration within the U.S. Department of Transportation that is responsible for the Nation’s $49 billion Federal-aid Highway program.

She also served as the Assistant Secretary of the U.S. State Department’s Bureau of Administration, from December 2017 to March 2019. She also previously served as the Acting Assistant Secretary for Overseas Building Operations and as Senior Advisor to the Secretary of State.

Ms. Nason has served in numerous roles in Washington, D.C., notably as Administrator of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) at the U.S. Department of Transportation (2006–2008), where she was a two-time gold medal winner, the department’s highest honor. She also served as DOT’s Assistant Secretary for Government Affairs (2003–2006). At NHTSA, her many achievements included overseeing new seat belt rules for school buses, rulemaking for electronic stability control systems, and new car seat safety regulations. Under her watch, NHTSA developed the first-ever criteria for crash test ratings for the Five-Star Safety Ratings program and held the first-ever bilateral with the government of the Republic of China on regulations for motor vehicle safety. During her previous tenure at USDOT, Ms. Nason made numerous appearances on national television news programs, testified frequently before Congress, and advocated at the United Nations in Geneva for harmonizing motor vehicle testing.

Previously, Ms. Nason served in the legislative branch as counsel for the U.S. House Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime and as press secretary for Rep. Porter Goss (R-Fla.).

A black belt in karate, Ms. Nason founded Project Koe (KOH-ee) in Connecticut in 2014, empowering women and improving health and fitness using traditional Japanese martial arts techniques.

She has also served two terms on the national board of Mothers Against Drunk Driving and on the board of directors of Shakespeare on the Sound. Her media experience includes a TEDx Talk at American University on finding inner power.

Ms. Nason earned a B.A. in political science and government at American University and a J.D. at Case Western Reserve University School of Law.

Angie Rivera-Malpiede, Board Chairman, Regional Transportation District

Angie is an avid mass transit advocate, and she is dedicated to establishing sustainable transportation options that are inclusive across all socioeconomic levels. Recognizing her leadership ability, passionate advocacy for transit, and emphasis on community and equity in transportation investments, in January, 2020, Angie was elected as Chair of the RTD Board by her board colleagues at The Regional Transportation District (RTD). She becomes the first Latina to hold this leadership role in the history of the agency. She believes transportation access is vital for health and wellness. She advocates for bicycle lanes, affordable bus passes, and ride share programs.

By popular demand, Director Rivera-Malpiede returned to the RTD Board of Directors in November 2018 and took office in January 2019. She represents District C, which is centrally located in the northwest portion of the City and County of Denver and which covers all of Edgewater, portions of northwest Denver, and the areas of Wheat Ridge south of 38th Ave. and east of Wadsworth Blvd.
Angie is Vice President of the Stapleton Foundation responsible for Sustainable Urban Communities, managing the Sustainable Development Initiative, which includes advocacy and programs promoting alternative transportation modes. She is also Executive Director of Northeast Transportation Connections (NETC), a nonprofit that provides transportation solutions to the communities of northeast Denver. Throughout her career, she has focused on building bridges between communities and individuals within communities.

In Angie’s previous stint as RTD Director, she represented District C for two previous terms, initially having been appointed by Governor John Hickenlooper in 2010. During her time in office she oversaw the opening of the new Denver Union Station and the expansion of the FasTracks public transit program, the largest in the nation — that is transforming transportation through the Denver metro region, including the construction of the new University of Colorado A Line to Denver International Airport. She has held positions such as Chair of the Civil Rights Committee, Vice-Chair of the General Managers Oversight Committee, Secretary of the Board, and Member of the Executive Committee.

In 2013, Angie was appointed to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Hispanic Transportation Council and currently sits on the Mayor’s Pedestrian Advisory Committee.

Prior to her position at NETC, Angie was the Marketing and Public Relations Director for Mi Casa Resource Center for Women, which focused on advancing the economic success of Latino families. Before that she served as Public Relations Coordinator and Co-Chair of the Diversity Team at the Rocky Mountain News, working to connect communities of diversity. She worked with the Girl Scouts Mile Hi Council for twenty years, where she developed programs that served high-risk girls and now serve as national models. She held the position of Public Relations and Fundraising Director for the Denver Center for Crime Victims, now the Center for Trauma and Resilience.

She has received numerous awards and recognition including The Denver Regional Council of Governments (DRCOG)’s Employer Champion, for spearheading Northeast Transportation Connection’s work in being a commute resource in the community. Way to Go Champions are individuals or organizations that demonstrate leadership in promoting or advocating commute options other than driving alone. Additionally, for her many efforts in community development, Malpiede was inducted into the Cesar Chavez Leadership Hall of Fame at the 2015 Denver Public Library, National Hispanic Heritage Month Latino Awards.

Created in 1969, The Regional Transportation District develops, operates and maintains a public transportation system that meets the transit needs of close to 3 million people in the 2,340 square mile district eight-county service area in the Denver Metro region. RTD’s buses, rail lines, shuttles and additional services provide approximately 100 million annual passenger trips.

“As a former General Manager and Chief Executive Officer of the Regional Transportation District and one who has known Angie for 15+ years, I can testify to Angie’s outstanding leadership in the transportation industry and her incredible advocacy for poor and disadvantaged communities. She has been a champion for the less fortunate and a champion for equity in transportation investments. She is truly a woman who is moving the nation and deserves to be recognized by the National Conference of Minority Transportation Officials as a “Woman Who is Moving the Nation,” Phillip A. Washington, CEO, Los Angeles County Transportation Authority.

Suzanne Shank, President & CEO, Siebert Williams Shank

Suzanne Shank is President, CEO and a co-founder of Siebert Williams Shank & Co., LLC, a full-service investment bonding firm offering debt and equity origination services to a wide range of Fortune 500 companies and debt underwriting for municipal clients nationally. A 30+year veteran of the financial services industry, Ms. Shank has positioned the firm to hold the distinction of being the top ranked minority- and woman-owned investment banking firm in the country.

Prior to her financial services career, Ms. Shank was a Structural Engineer for General Dynamics, Electric Boat Division, working on noise mitigation projects.

Ms. Shank is active in various industry and civic organizations and serves on several boards. She serves as a Director of Pensare Acquisition Corp. (NASDAQ:WRLSU), CMS Energy (NYSE:CMS) and Consumers Energy’s Boards of Directors and is on the boards of the Skillman Foundation, the Bipartisan Policy Center Executive Council on Infrastructure, Wharton Graduate Board of Trustees, and Spelman College Board of Trustees among others. Ms. Shank serves on the SEC’s Fixed Income Market Structure Advisory Committee.

Ms. Shank has won numerous awards and honors throughout her career including receiving the Savannah College of Art and Design 2020 Woman of Vision Award, receiving the 2019 TechTown Entrepreneur of the Year Award, named a 2019 Newsmaker by Crain’s Detroit, 2017 Shot Caller Award presented at the BET Black Girls Rock! Ceremony, the Austin Koenen Career Achievement Award by the Municipal Forum of New York in 2017, and the 2016 Freda Johnson Award for Trailblazing Women in the Private Sector by The Bond Buyer. Ms. Shank was inducted into the Academy of Distinguished Engineering Alumni at Georgia Institute of Technology. Ms. Shank has been recognized by U.S. Banker Magazine as one of the “Top 25 Women in Finance”, by Black Enterprise Magazine as one of the “50 Most Influential Black Women in Business” and one of the “75 Most Powerful Blacks on Wall Street” and by Women in Public Finance as “She’s Our Hero”. Ms. Shank was selected by the Wharton School of Business from among 100,000 graduates as one of its “125 Influential People and Ideas”. She has appeared  on Wall Street Week, CNBC and Bloomberg TV. 

Ms. Shank is a graduate of the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania with a Master of Business Administration degree in Finance, and the Georgia Institute of Technology with a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering.

2019 Honorees

2019 COMTO Celebrating Women Who Move the Nation Honorees
Jacquelyn Dupont-Walker, Board Member, Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority
Trudy Bartley, Associate Vice President, Community Relations, Ohio State University, Office of Government Affairs
Honorable Joyce Beatty, Congresswoman (D) – Ohio
Meshelle Howard, Director Of Civil Rights & Fair Practices, Maryland Transportation Authority
Debra A. Johnson, CEO & General Manager, Regional Transportation District
Gabriele M. Mack, Vice President, Economic Inclusion and Supplier Diversity, Jacobs
Elsa Ortiz, Board President, AC Transit
J. Somer Shindler, Managing Director, Planning And Development, Corporate Real Estate (CREE), United Airlines
Jannet Walker Ford, Vice President & General Manager, Eastern Region, Americas, Cubic Transportation Systems
Carol Wise, Executive Vice President, Chief Operations Officer, DART
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