Aloha, COMTO Hawaii and COMTO Louisiana

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The Conference of Minority of Transportation Officials’ (COMTO) Board of Directors today approved the addition of COMTO Hawaii and COMTO Louisiana as the organization’s 36th and 37th chapters. Known as “the voice of equity in transportation,” COMTO adds COMTO Hawaii and COMTO Louisiana to its impressive line-up of chapters dedicated to advancing opportunities for minorities, women, people with disabilities, veterans and Minority, Women, Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (MWDBEs) in the industry both in the U.S. and Canada.

“We are absolutely thrilled to welcome COMTO Hawaii and COMTO Louisiana as our newest chapters. The COMTO mission and vision to create an equitable transportation industry continues to resonate across localities and modes,” said April Rai, President and CEO, COMTO. “Special thanks to Ruben Landa, Member-at-Large, COMTO Board of Directors and Chair of the Chapter Development Committee for his leadership in helping identify local leaders and sponsors and guide them through the process of becoming new chapters.”

As the 36th chapter, COMTO Hawaii will work to bring forth COMTO’s mission and vision to the entire state and lead diversity, equity and inclusion efforts unique to its transportation industry and population. COMTO Hawaii will be led by a roster of multi-modal transportation leaders from the state and counts The City & County of Honolulu Department of Transportation Services (DTS), Ulu HI-Tech Inc., Hitachi Rail Honolulu JV, and Jacobs Engineering Group as sponsors. The COMTO Hawaii Board of Directors include:

  • President: Tracy Adams, Traction Power Compliance Officer, City & County of Honolulu-Department of Transportation Services
  • First Vice President: Steven Nieves, Operations Compliance Officer, City & County of Honolulu-Department of Transportation Services
  • Second Vice President: Roland Carino, Operations Control Center Manager, Hitachi Rail Honolulu
  • Treasurer: Michelle Auwae-Lapilio, Budget Analyst, City & County of Honolulu-Department of Transportation Services
  • Secretary: Sherry Hester, Chief Executive Officer, Ulu HI-Tech
  • At-Large Seat 1: Yifeng Mao, Track Compliance Officer, City & County of Honolulu-Department of Transportation Services
  • At-Large Seat 2: Terra Dortch, Train & Station Supervisor, Hitachi Rail Honolulu
  • At-Large Seat 3: Project Manager, Jacobs Engineering Group

As the 37th chapter, COMTO Louisiana will work to bring forth COMTO’s mission and vision to the entire state and assist in the professional advancement of minorities, women, people with disabilities and MWDBE’s in the field of transportation at every level of experience. COMTO Louisiana will be led by a diverse group of transportation leaders from the state and counts CSRS LLC as its corporate sponsor and The Regional Transit Authority (RTA) of New Orleans as its agency sponsor. The COMTO Louisiana Board of Directors include:

  • President: Joshua Harrouch- Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development
  • First Vice President: Jamal Smiles, Consultant, CSRS
  • Second Vice President: Detrich Herbert-Johnson, RTA
  • First Director: Paula Roddy, Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development
  • Second Director: Stephanie Phillips, CSRS
  • Secretary: Chris Clark, RTA
  • Treasurer: Marcus Bonton, Consultant
  • Assistant Treasurer: Gizelle Johnson-Banks, RTA
  • Membership Chair: Ty Hampton, Consultant
  • Programs/Events Chair: Arian Randolph, RTA
  • Communications Chair: Jonathan Hill, Consultant

About the Conference of Minority Transportation Officials (COMTO)

Founded in 1971, the Conference of Minority Transportation Officials (COMTO) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to ensuring full access for minorities in transportation while preparing and positioning leaders for rapidly evolving global opportunities. With 35 chapters in the U.S. and Canada, COMTO is driven by a mission to increase opportunities and maximum participation in the transportation industry for minority individuals, veterans, people with disabilities and certified MWDBE businesses through leadership training, professional development, scholarship and internship funding, political advocacy, partnership building and networking opportunities. For more information, please visit www.comtonational.org.

Contact:
Gatwiri Muthara
Sr. Manager, Marketing and Communications, COMTO
gmuthara@comtontional.org/202-998-3351

 

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