(December 10, 2021) Latinos In Transit (LIT) is excited to welcome three new directors to the Board and to announce the reelection of board officers and directors. LIT held its annual membership breakfast meeting during APTA’s TRANSForm Conference and EXPO in Orlando, Fl. on November 7, 2021 where the board unanimously approved the 2022-2023 board of directors slate of nominees.
Re-elected board officers for two-year terms are Alva Carrasco, WSP USA’s Vice President -Transit and Rail West Region Market Lead as President of the board and Elizabeth Carter, Assistant Transit Director, RIO Metropolitan Transit District as Board Treasurer. Also returning are board members at large Joe Escobedo, Senior Vice President of Business Development, MV Transportation Inc.; Carmen Garcia, CEO, ABRAC LLC.; and Oscar J. Gonzalez, WSP USA, Vice President – Transit and Rail
Capital Region Market Lead.
On January 2, 2022, LIT will welcome three new board members: Eugenio Bonet, West Division Operations Officer, HNTB Corporation; Jose C. Feliciano Jr., External Affairs Officer, Greater Cleveland RTA; and Herold Humphrey, Deputy Chief of Operations, Metropolitan Area Regional Transportation Authority (MARTA).
(June 19, 2021) LIT is proud to announce Transdev as our newest Diamante level member to join LIT. Transdev is a leading innovator and integrator of multiple modes. Transdev has sponsored LIT in the past but now has officially become a member. The membership includes registration for up to 10 Transdev employees to become members and includes opportunities to participate in LIT programs and activities. We are delighted to have Transdev partner with us and to their commitment to LIT's vision to drive the future of sustainable and equitable mobility organizations by leveraging LIT's global network to create opportunities for education, mentoring, and professional development of Latinos and minorities. Beinvenidos to the LIT family!
To learn more about Transdev and their services, visit https://transdevna.com/
CONFERENCE OF MINORITY TRANSPORTATION OFFICIALS AND LATINOS IN TRANSIT SIGN MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING TO BOLSTER THE FIGHT FOR DIVERSITY, INCLUSION AND EQUITY IN TRANSPORTATION
(March 26, 2021) Alexandria, VA – The Conference of Minority Transportation Officials (COMTO), a nonprofit organization founded in 1971 dedicated to advancing minorities in the transportation industry with 34 chapters in the U.S. and Canada, and Latinos In Transit (LIT), founded in 2016 to promote the advancement and development of Latinos and other minorities in transportation, announced a joint Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) forming an alliance to advance diversity and equity in the transportation industry.
With a growing interest in bringing diversity, inclusion and equity to all sectors of society, an opportunity exists for these two vibrant organizations to work more closely together and develop meaningful synergies. Both COMTO and LIT strive to maximize the quality and value of their member services, in a variety of forms, including professional development, advocacy and networking; all consistent with their organizations’ missions. The MOU will allow the two organizations to share information and resources and partner on future programs and initiatives.
“COMTO continues to expand upon its 50-year legacy of expanding opportunities for minorities in transportation by creating partnerships with organizations like LIT who are as dedicated as we are to diversity, inclusion and equity in transportation and the communities we serve,” said Tara McDaniel, Interim President and CEO of COMTO. “We look forward to aligning our resources for a more favorable outcome for all minorities in transportation.”
“Now more than ever is a partnership with COMTO important as we address advocacy for diversity, equity and inclusion in the transportation industry. If we learned one thing last year, it’s that our voices are stronger together,” said Alva Carrasco, President of the LIT Board of Directors. “I’m really excited about our collaboration with COMTO and for the future of both organizations and its members.”
(January 10, 2021) We are growing exponentially and as a non-profit made up solely of volunteers, we need your help. We are in search of volunteers to join a committee (or two) to help us further grow!
The Board of Directors is currently soliciting letters of interest from individuals interested in becoming a a LIT committee member. There are several committees in different stages of development that are in need of your expertise and skills. Help LIT become a globally recognized organization by volunteering your time and special talents to one or more of the following committees
Committee descriptions can be found on the LIT 2020-2025 Strategic Plan: Download LIT Strategic Plan
(May 3, 2021) LIT is proud to announce our new Oro level partnership with New Flyer and MCI. A long-time supporter and advocate of equity, diversity, and inclusion, New Flyer and MCI proudly support the critical work and leadership of LIT, and look forwarded to expanded programming in 2021.
Together, we are building a more equitable future of mobility. To learn more about New Flyer/MCI visit https://www.newflyer.com/ .
“I’m honored to join a group of passionate transportation professionals to advocate for the advancement of our Latinos and other minorities within our industry and to serve the communities we all live in.” – Eugenio Bonet
"Thank you to the Board of Directors of LIT. I am humbled by the opportunity to serve both the Latino community and the public transit industry, and I am excited to get LIT with all of you." – Jose C. Feliciano Jr.
"I am grateful for the opportunity to serve on the board and contributing to Latinos In Transit's mission in advocating equality, diversity and inclusion” – Herold Humphrey
LIT a nationally recognized organization celebrated their five-year anniversary as a non-profit in September 2021. LIT has grown at a rapid pace, especially during the last two years. Carrasco acknowledged past and current board members and volunteers at LIT’s annual membership meeting on November 7, 2021 for contributing to LIT’s growth and accomplishments. Goals accomplished during the past two years include LIT’s rebranding and marketing program, development of a strategic plan, establishment of committees, the offering of educational virtual events and networking opportunities, “Café con LIT” monthly meetings, establishment of an American Public Transportation Foundation (APTF) scholarship fund for a Latino/a pursuing a career in transportation, and currently in development is a mentorship program, Leadership Academy, and a scholarship committee for planned additional funding. During APTA’s TRANSForm Conference, in Orlando, Fl. LIT’s EXPO booth was visited by conference attendees from as far away as Santiago, Chile.
LIT’s re-elected Board President, Alva Carrasco is WSP USA’s Vice President -Transit and Rail West Region Market Lead. Ms. Carrasco previously served as Vice President on the board of directors from 2016 – 2019 then was elected president in 2020. “I am honored for the opportunity to continue to lead the organization during a time of unprecedented change in our industry. Our mission to advocate for equity and inclusion is more important than ever. I remain steadfast in my commitment to advocate for Latinos, women, and all minorities and look forward to working with our new board of directors and partners in the new year. ” Carrasco received a National Latino Leadership Award on Wednesday, Sept. 15 during the 6th annual Latino Leadership Conference’s virtual event. Latino Leadership Conference, an initiative of the National Diversity Council, is a leadership development event for entrepreneurs, executives, innovators, educators, policy makers and students that is designed to foster change and opportunity within the Latino community.
(May 27, 2021) LIT is proud to announce TransitGuard, our first Diamante level member to join LIT. TransitGuard has been a LIT supporter and partner since LIT's formation in 2016. Mike Candelaria, CEO, TransitGuard believes in LIT's vision and mission and hopes to grow the partnership. Plans include TransitGuard co-hosting an event during the California Transit Association's (CTA) Fall Conference in Sacramento in November. TransitGuard provides energy-efficient and cost-saving solutions for public transit vehicles and coaches.
To learn more about TransitGuard and their product line, visit www.transitguard.com