Dr. Lester Woods Appointed First Vice Chair of the COMTO Board of Directors

Dr. Lester Woods Appointed First Vice Chair of the COMTO Board of Directors The COMTO Board of Directors has appointed Dr. Lester Woods to First Vice Chair. In this role, Dr. Woods will monitor the activities of the organization’s standing committees and ensure they are consistent with COMTO’s goals and objectives. Dr. Woods will serve the remainder of former First Vice Chair Sharmyn Elliott’s term. Dr. Woods is the Chief Administrative Officer of the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) and

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Aloha, COMTO Hawaii and COMTO Louisiana

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

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COMTO Announces Nadji Kirby as Chief of Staff

COMTO is pleased to announce Nadji Kirby as our new Chief of Staff. In this role, Nadji will use her strategic understanding of the President & CEO’s priorities, COMTO organizational capabilities and network to move the mission forward. With oversight and direction of headquarters staff, Nadji will ensure the growth and development of programs, communications and stakeholder engagement ensuring efficient operations. As a key member of the leadership team, Nadji will represent COMTO at various industry events, and strategically engages partners

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For Immediate Release: COMTO Industry Awards Honors Transportation Leaders for Commitment to Excellence During Challenging Times

Honorees recognized for outstanding contributions to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Accessibility, Innovation and Community Engagement at a time of disruption to the Transportation Industry For Immediate ReleaseJuly 19, 2022 Alexandria, VA – The Conference of Minority Transportation Officials (COMTO), a nonprofit organization founded in 1971 dedicated to advancing minorities in the transportation industry with 35 chapters in the U.S. and Canada, honored 17 transportation leaders at its 2022 Industry Awards Gala on Monday, July 11, 2022 during its National Meeting

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For Immediate Release: COMTO National Conference Meets to Advance Equity in Transportation in the Midst of Disruption and Change

The organization comes together in-person after a 3-year hiatus due to Covid-19 For Immediate ReleaseJuly 9, 2022 The Conference of Minority Transportation Officials (COMTO), a nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing minorities in the transportation industry with 35 chapters in the U.S. and Canada is coming together to host its 51st National Meeting and Training Conference in Fort Lauderdale, Florida on July 9-11, 2022. More than 600 transportation industry professionals representing transit agencies, engineering and planning firms, federal agencies, and small

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COMTO Miami Installs New Board at the “Historic Hampton House”

On Thursday, June 9, 2022, the COMTO Miami Chapter held its Installation of Officers & Reception at the Historic Hampton House in Miami, FL. The Hampton House is the location of a scene in the movie “One Night in Miami”. The event was hosted by Aaron Weeks, Immediate Past President. Jimmy Morales, Chief Operating Officer of Miami-Dade County provided the Official Welcome and presented COMTO National Board Chair, Tanya Adams, and Vice President of Inclusion & Diversity for WSP USA

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Leadership Corner - Ruben Landa

Beaming with Pride: Celebrating the Diverse Lived Experiences That Our Members and Transportation Professionals Bring

As a member of COMTO’s Board of Directors and a leader in the transportation industry, conducting myself with the highest ethical and professional standards has been the key to my success. What drives me is the desire to set a positive example for the communities I represent and serve. As a gay American, I have dreams and aspirations just like everyone else. I have worked hard to achieve my goals, not only for my well-being, but to prove that I

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Inclusion for All: Celebrating Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

Hello COMTO Family, As we celebrate the accomplishments and contributions of Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islanders during the month of May, I’m reminded of the importance of COMTO and making sure our industry reflect the communities we serve. That begins by ensuring our own organization reflects all minorities and people of color. As an Asian-American leader within COMTO, I’ve made it my personal mission to recruit more people like me to the organization. I initially joined COMTO due

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Volunteering as a Lifestyle: How Service to Others Moves Us Forward Individually and Collectively

Greetings COMTO Family, I started opening my salutations in my emails and correspondences to the COMTO Columbus chapter many years ago in that same manner. I refer to them as family. Why you may ask? I believe that when you have a heart and desire for the well-being and development of those around you, that makes them family. That is exactly how I feel about the COMTO organization, you are an extension of my family. The month of April is

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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 the sold-out room of attendees inspired, awe-struck and even in tears with their moving speeches.  “The group of women we choose for this award never

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