September 1, 2017 - Latinos In Transit's next meeting will be held on October 8, 2017 in Atlanta, Ga. during the APTA Annual Conference. Meet LIT's new board members, network with peers, and learn about our mission, vision and goals. All while you are served a southern style breakfast. Meeting location will be announced soon.
(August 8, 2018) The LIT Board of Directors is proud to announce Ms. Nuria Fernandez, General Manager and Chief Executive Officer of VTA, as our featured speaker on September 23, 2018.
Ms. Fernandez is a Senior Executive with over 30 years of experience in the transportation field and a professional career that includes planning, design and construction of mass transit systems, airport operations and policy development of federal transportation programs. Nuria previously served as Chief Operating Officer for the New York State Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA), where she was responsible for the overall security of the MTA system, development of its capital and environmental sustainability programs, federal and state government affairs and management oversight of the five operating agencies and capital construction. Her additional experience and accomplishments include managing the operations of O’Hare International Airport, providing high-level policy and program expertise at the U.S. Department of Transportation and managing the design and construction of multi-billion dollar rail expansion programs in Chicago and Washington, D.C. Nuria has a B.S. in Civil Engineering from Bradley University and an MBA from Roosevelt University in Illinois. She also serves on various boards including APTA and Mineta Transportation Institute.
(Oct. 8, 2017)- LIT's semi-annual membership meeting held in Atlanta, Ga. was attended by 40 transit proffesionals representing bus and rail agencies, small businesses, and private firms from around the country. The heavy rain did not put a damper on the occasion and provided the perfect venue for networking. During breakfast, the agenda was kicked off with a welcome from the LIT Board and introductions of all in attendance. Kevin McKay, Chief Operating Officer of Avail Technologies expressed support for LIT's mission and values. Special guest speaker, John Catoe, provided attendees a rare peak with a personal account of his career in public transit and challenges and opportunities he faced along the way. Lastly, Terry Solis was recognized by the LIT Board of Directors with the "Founders Award" for laying down the foundation in making LIT a reality. Photos of meeting highlights above.
(April 24, 2018) The LIT Board of Directors cordially invites you to LIT's "Mixer by the Bay" in Tampa Bay, Fl. on Sunday, May 6, 2018. Join us for refreshments and meet LIT members and partners from around the nation. We are also proud to announce this event is sponsored by our friend and partner Transdev North America.
For Mixer details and to RSVP: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/lit-mixer-by-the-bay-tickets-45155006841
Dallas, Texas (February 12, 2019) – MV Transportation, Inc., a recognized leader in passenger transportation services, today announced a long-term partnership with Latinos In Transit (LIT), a non-profit organization dedicated to the advancement and development of Latinos and other minorities in the public transit industry.
LIT members are public and private sector transportation professionals from across the United States supporting their mission through advocacy, professional development, mentoring and networking. With a multi-year partnership commitment, MV becomes LIT’s Founding Sponsor, the organization’s first corporate sponsor since it’s founding in 2016. MV also gains a seat on the LIT Board of Directors and will have a scholarship established in its name to be awarded annually to a Latino dedicated to a career in public transportation.
“We're extremely excited that a company with the heritage of MV’s has partnered with LIT,” said Milo Victoria, President of the LIT Board of Directors. “As an industry leader, they are uniquely qualified to help us meet our goals leveraging their national reach and strong commitment to diversity.”
“We are proud to be associated with Latinos In Transit and are enthusiastic about this new relationship,” said Kevin Jones, MV Chief Executive Officer. “Diversity is an important underpinning for the transit industry and we look forward to working with LIT to help develop a stronger workforce to serve our communities today and in the future.” For more information visit: http://www.mvtransit.com/news/MV-Announces_Partnership_With_Latinos_In_Transit
(September 3, 2017) - Latinos In Transit’s meeting on Sunday, October 8, in Atlanta, Ga. will feature Mr. John B. Catoe Jr. as the guest speaker. Mr. Catoe’s public transit career spans over 3 decades. In October of 2016, Mr. Catoe was inducted into APTA’s Hall of Fame. APTA also named him Outstanding Public Transportation Manager in 2009. Mr. Catoe made national headlines for orchestrating and executing safe, efficient, and reliable public transportation services to and from the 56th presidential inauguration events for President Obama. https://www.linkedin.com/in/john-catoe-856161a/
LIT’s Board of Directors is proud and excited to have Mr. Catoe share his knowledge and insights with our membership.
(Nov. 20, 2017) On November 3, 2017, the Board of Directors held its first annual board meeting. Latinos In Transit (LIT) officers and board members convened and discussed their recommitment to LIT’s mission and to serving on the board. We are proud to share that we are blessed with talented board members from different regions of the country. They are fully committed to LIT’s mission and are eager to make things happen. A Board election was also held. A two-year term was established for officers and non-officer positions. The election results were as follows:
President: Milo Victoria (incumbent)
Vice President: Alva Carrasco (incumbent)
Treasurer: Aida B Douglas (former Director)
Secretary: Elba Higueros (former Director)
Jorge Cruz-Aedo (former Board Treasurer)
AJ Jackson (former Board Secretary)
Congratulations to our two new officers Aida and Elba! Thank you to AJ and Jorge for serving as officers during LIT's first year. They will continue to serve on the board as directors.