the future of transit

class of 2018-19

Emerging Leaders Academy

The Emerging Leaders Academy is a year-long academy to develop true leaders in the transit field. From 2018 to 2019, upcoming transit leaders from across the country gained increased understanding of their leadership skills, learned industry trends and became knowledgeable about what it takes to be a leader.

Throughout the year, the participants worked with each other, their mentors and CTAA leaders to develop a project that would demonstrate leadership skills, and assess and address issues in the field that would contribute to their system. Their projects vary in topics, ranging from the accommodation of service animals on-board a transit vehicle to the implementation of a volunteer transportation program.

EXPO 2019 gave this class of ELA participants an opportunity to share their final projects and reports with their fellow participants, as well as EXPO attendees through a poster session. Click through the mentors and participants below to get to know the class of 2018-2019. The subject of the project is listed below each participant’s name.

mentors

The mentors in the ELA program are experts in their field. They represent the leadership qualities necessary to educate and train those rising in the transit industry. Each mentor worked with four or five participants on their projects and provided themselves as a resource for all things transportation. The ratio of participants to mentor allowed each participant to engage in direct and on-going contact with their mentor. At the conclusion of the course, each participant gained not only a solution to a challenge facing their community, but a network of a support that can continue throughout their career.

Ann Dawson August

Ann Dawson August

CEO of ADA Transit Consulting

CEO of ADA Transit Consulting

Connie Garber

Connie Garber

Former Transportation Director at the York County Community Action Corporation

Former Transportation Director at the York County Community Action Corporation

Lenna Kottke

Lenna Kottke

Former Executive Director of Via Mobility Services

Former Executive Director of Via Mobility Services

Richard Krochalis

Richard Krochalis

Member of the Seattle Design Commission

Member of the Seattle Design Commission

Robert Koska

Robert Koska

Former Director of Local Programs at NJ Transit Department of Capital Planning and Programs

Former Director of Local Program at NJ Transit Department of Capital Planning and Programs

meet the class of 2018-19

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The Community Transportation Association of America (CTAA) and its members believe that mobility is a basic human right. From work and education to life-sustaining health care and human services programs to shopping and visiting with family and friends, mobility directly impacts quality of life.