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COMTO Webinar: Celebrate Black HERstory
February 11 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
COMTO Webinar: Celebrate Black HERstory
Join us for a candid discussion with Veronica Davis, Director of Transportation and Drainage for the City of Houston, and Tomika Monterville, Director of the Department of Transportation for the City of San Antonio, as they discuss leading transportation operations for two major Texas cities.
Meshelle M.V. Howard, MCA is the New Director of Small Business Programs for the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA). As the Director, Meshelle will provide managerial oversight and direction for the following socioeconomic program areas: Disadvantage Business Enterprise (DBE), Small Business Enterprise (SBE), Small Business Local Preference Program (SBLPP), WMATAs new Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) and Small Business Preference (SBP) programs as defined, regulated and guided by Federal and Local regulations, and WMATA Board Policies.
Meshelle has over 30 years of effective, efficient and results oriented experience in leadership, management, supervision, directing and managing small business programs, performance and inventory management. She is a take-charge professional with exceptional problem-solving skills with the ability to thrive in challenging environments, which show cases her integrity and the ability to be an effective communicator, and team leader.
Meshelle is a retired State of Maryland Transportation Industry Leader in coaching, educating and advising Small Minority Women-owned business on State Certification and contracting opportunities. She works tirelessly to strengthen the participation and knowledge base of all small businesses for certification and participation opportunities on Federal, State and Local contracts through outreach, small gatherings and panel discussions, because of such efforts over the years Meshelle has received several awards and is nationally known and recognized for her dedication and contributions to the Small Business Community.
Meshelle is a United States Army Veteran and participated in three wars serving her country. She is a member and volunteer in several organizations that serve the community and national efforts such as; Catholic Charities, Maryland Public Purchasing Association (MPPA) and the Conference of Minority Transportation Officials (COMTO), where she served as Maryland’s president for two terms, the National Strategic Planning Committee Chair, National Council of Presidents and the National Conference Planning Committee.
Meshelle was recognized as and received the 2020 Daily Record Maryland’s Top 100 Women Award for her advocacy and mentoring of Small Businesses and Community Service.
Veronica O. Davis, PE is a self-described transportation nerd. She believes all people should have access to safe, reliable, and affordable transportation. She has 19 years of experience in civil engineering and planning. She is currently the Director of Transportation and Drainage Operations for the City of Houston. She is also the co-founder and former Managing Partner at Nspiregreen LLC. She is one of the co-founders of Black Women Bike (BWB). She is on Board for America Walks. She earned her dual Master’s Degrees (Engineering Management and Regional Planning) from Cornell University. She has a Bachelor of Science in civil engineering from the University of Maryland. She lives in Houston, Texas with her husband, daughter, and dog.
The City of San Antonio, Texas, recently selected Tomika Monterville to lead their new Department of Transportation. In this role, Tomika will work with engineers, planners, and other stakeholders to provide coordination with VIA, the public transit agency, and improve sidewalk and bicycle infrastructure to support the City’s Vision Zero goals.
Prior to joining the City of San Antonio, Tomika was recently the Director of Planning & Development for the Central Florida Regional Transportation Authority (dba LYNX) and Transit Manager for Lake County Florida.
Seminal projects in Tomika’s career include planning the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) and District of Columbia’s first Rapid Bus service, MetroExtra, and planning for the original, modern D.C. Streetcar program. Tomika has held positions with the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) and was the Executive Director for the H Street Main Street (Washington, D.C.).
From her first introduction to transportation planning as an intern with the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transit Authority (LACMTA), Tomika has built her career leveraging relationships to maximize the economic development benefits of equitable, public transportation investments across the country.