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LIT announces return of highly anticipated Leadership Summit


Los Angeles, Ca. (August 4, 2022) Latinos In Transit (LIT) is pleased to announce the return of its Leadership Summit, which will take place Sept. 23-24, 2022, in Dallas, Texas.

The summit will be held at the Omni Dallas Hotel, and attendees can expect to learn from transportation leaders and industry partners in an intimate conference setting. This event is great for middle managers ready to move to the next level in their careers. Attendees will also have networking opportunities with national, regional and local transportation officials, CEO’s, and transportation decision makers from across the country.

“Dallas is pleased to be hosting the second Latinos In Transit Summit. The City of Dallas Mayor Pro Tem, Omar Narvaez, and chair of the city’s transportation committee will be delivering the welcome remarks on behalf of Mayor Eric Johnson,” said Carmen Garcia, LIT Board member, Summit Planning Committee chair and Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) board member.

The summit will kick off Friday evening with a welcome reception, followed by an all-day event Saturday beginning with a welcome breakfast session. Attendees will also have the opportunity to attend breakout sessions; a leadership luncheon with keynote speaker Veronica Vanterpool, Federal Transit Administration deputy administrator. Ozzie Gonzalez, CEO of Latino Build Out and TriMet transit board of director, Veronica Castro de Barrera, chair of Austin Transit Partnership, and Ayda Gonzales, VIA Metropolitan Transit board member, will participate in a session titled “Sitting at the Table” and DART will host a technical tour. The closing evening reception will highlight the celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month.

In addition to deputy administrator Vanterpool, other confirmed speakers include Yvonne Lopez-Diaz, vice president and national workforce strategist for HNTB; David Armijo, executive director of the South Central Regional Transit District; and Teri Fisher, CEO and managing partner, Insight Strategies; and many more.

“The LIT Board of Directors and I are very excited to come back from the pandemic with an in-person Leadership Summit in the great state of Texas. We have a lot of catching up to do on how we as transportation leaders are going to improve diversity, equity and inclusion in our industry,” said LIT Board President Alva Carrasco.

People interested in attending may visit LIT’s website to register for the event, as well as make hotel reservations. Space is limited and hotel reservations can be made through Aug. 23.

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(Los Angeles, CA, October, 16) In celebration of the 2022 Leadership Academy’s inaugural graduating class and scholarship winners, Latinos In Transit (LIT) hosted an awards reception on October 10 at the Hilton Seattle, in Seattle Wash. Sponsored by National Express, the event gathered emerging professionals and industry leaders to honor efforts driven by the mission of LIT. The reception program highlighted 28 Leadership Academy graduates and six scholarship
recipients.


“The board of directors has been working towards this day for more than two years. The event highlighted the passion and dedication that LIT and our partners have towards LIT’s mission to advocate for Latinos and minorities in our industry,” said Alva Carrasco, LIT Board President.
The event kicked off its program by commemorating the 2022 Leadership Academy graduates. In its inaugural year, LIT’s Leadership Academy was launched in an effort to provide training and development opportunities to organizational members who are pursuing growth opportunities within the transit industry. Academy curriculum consisted of five intensive professional development sessions that focused on specialized and technical expertise needed to advance in the sector. As a requirement for completion of the academy, participants were required to complete a paper and project presentation as a culmination of what they learned.


The Latinos In Transit Board of Directors announce and congratulate the Leadership Academy’s Class of 2022. Graduates include:  Christian Andrade - Sound Transit; Diana Gosnell - Sound Transit; Jacob Miskimens - Transit Guard; Anthony Napoles - WSP; Antonio Perez Ramirez, Jr. - AC Transit; Alexander Victoria - Transit Guard; Diego Carrillo - Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority; Robert Diaz, AC Transit; Linda Espinosa - National Express; Grace Ferguson - City of Santa Clarita,Calif.; Angel Gonzalez - IndyGo; Tamara Hunte - Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority, Esteban Martinez - HNTB; Jose Peraza Odonez - Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority Reyna Padilla - Sound Transit; Grace Perez - AC Transit; Robert Reyes - AC Transit; Tania Santana - National Express; Valerie Valero - Sound Transit; Joe Aguilar - AC Transit; Carl Atencio- Rocky Mountaineer; Christina Fonseca - Sound Transit; Juan Higuera - Sound Transit; Michelle Jorgensen - National Express; Javier Perez - Sound
Transit; Maria Reyes - New Flyer; Cherly Suddeth - AC Transit; and Monica Tellez-Fowler -
C-TRAN.


The second part of the program honored six scholarship recipients. In 2022, LIT launched a new scholarship program to support Latinos and other minorities in their pursuit of educational advancement. The purpose of this scholarship is to create opportunities for underserved and/or underrepresented individuals pursuing degrees and/or certifications from accredited educational institutions in a public transit-related field of study. LIT was very fortunate to collaborate with Pittsburgh Regional Transit (PRT) and the North American Transit Alliance (NATA) in securing additional funds for scholarship awards.   With more than 70 applications submitted, a judging committee awarded six individuals with $2,500 scholarships each. The 2022 scholarship recipients are: LIT Scholarship- Mario Delgado- Metro Mcallen, Texas; LIT Scholarship- Jasmine Zamora - City of Oakland; LIT Scholarship- Erica Casillas - Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority; LIT/PRT Scholarship - Jonathan Bonilla - WHED Co; LIT/PRT Scholarship- Adriana Reyes - Pittsburgh Regional Transit; and LIT/NATA Scholarship - Ricardo Vega- AC Transit.


Finishing off a banner year for the organization, LIT has scaled its programs to serve minorities across the United States. In an effort to continue its mission, LIT’s strategic plan is focused on increasing accessibility to advancement and development opportunities to its members. Planning for the 2023 Leadership Academy and scholarship program is now underway, and the organization invites those in the transit industry to become a member of the organization in order to take advantage of advancement opportunities that come with being a LIT member. To learn more about becoming a member of Latinos In Transit, visit www.latinosintransit.org.

North American Transportation and Mobility leader builds on its position as LIT Founding Sponsor to further support transit industry diversity and development


DALLAS, Texas (January 19, 2022) – MV Transportation, Inc., a recognized leader in passenger transportation services, today announced it has extended its 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.  In early 2019 MV became LIT’s Founding Sponsor, the organization’s first corporate sponsor since its founding in 2016.  MV‘s sponsorship includes representation on the LIT Board of Directors.


Recently, MV was recognized for their many contributions with the 2021 Latinos In Transit Founders Award presented at the LIT Annual Membership Meeting on November 7, 2021 during the American Public Transportation Association TRANSForm Conference and Expo in Orlando, Florida. By formally extending its partnership with LIT, MV will continue to provide support for personal training and leadership development, public policy advocacy and underwrite the annual MV Transportation-Latinos In Transit Scholarship award for Latinos dedicated to a career in public transportation, offered through the American Public Transportation Foundation. “MV is extremely proud of our partnership with Latinos In Transit and all that we have accomplished together,” said Tom Egan, MV Chief Executive Officer. “We look forward to continuing our much-needed focus on expanding diversity and developing talent in the transit industry to further increase the strength of our workforce and help us better serve our customers and communities.” 


“We are honored and excited to extend our partnership with an industry leader like MV,” said Alva Carrasco, President of Latinos In Transit.  “Their leadership support, dedicated team and strong commitment to equity and diversity continues to help LIT achieve our ambitious goals and create benefits for our members.

Latinos In Transit announces full board of directors for 2022-23

Officer positions were solidified, and three new directors were confirmed


Los Angeles, Ca. (March 1, 2022) The board approved three new directors and filled all officer positions during LIT’s monthly board meeting in February 2022. The three new board members include Rick Pulido, vice president of business development for National Express Transit Corporation; Mariela Garcia-Colberg, senior program manager of cooperative research programs for the Transportation Research Board (TRB) – National Academy of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine; and Megan Perrero, associate editor for Mass Transit magazine.

“I joined the LIT family as their mission aligns with what I believe is important to the future success of the transit industry—developing and implementing programs, strategy’s and partnerships with transit leaders and agency’s that seek to create meaningful opportunities for Latinos in transit,” said Pulido on his confirmation to the board.

Garcia-Colberg offered similar sentiments, adding that she’s excited to spread awareness about TRB. “I am looking forward to joining a dynamic board and to contribute to the advancement of Latinos. It is also a great opportunity to introduce the LIT membership to what we do at the Transportation Research Board and vice versa,” said Garcia-Colberg.

And Perrero noted what she hopes to bring to the organization. "I'm thrilled to join the LIT Board of Directors. Since its inception, LIT has worked tirelessly to create opportunities for Latinos and other underrepresented groups in the transit industry. I'm honored to contribute to this cause, and I look forward to bolstering the organization's mission through strategic communication and marketing strategies. Thank you to the current directors for allowing me this opportunity. I'm excited to be working together."

In addition to its new directors, LIT also elected its officers for this year. Alva Carrasco will continue to serve as president of the board and Elizabeth (Liz) Carter will continue in her role as secretary. Eugenio Bonet was selected as the new treasurer and Herold Humphrey was recently chosen to be the vice president.

Other board news: 
LIT also announced it is looking for its first administrative director. The position will start as part time for an initial assignment of six months with the goal of growing the position to full-time employment. Initially, the position will require up to 20 hours of effort each week and will not exceed 80 hours per month, unless authorized in advance by the board’s executive committee. Interested applicants can find the full job description on LIT’s website, as well as the application.

Additionally, LIT President Carrasco will be honored with a Conference of Minority Transportation Officials (COMTO) award. COMTO’s “Celebrating Women Who Move the Nation” awards breakfast recognizes the outstanding contributions of women leading and advancing America’s transportation industry. In observance of Women’s History Month, to date, COMTO says it has inducted 116 women into this signature class of leaders in the transportation industry.

COMTO explains the awards represent a broad cross-section of multi-modal transportation in both the private and public sectors, and these women exemplify the very definition of excellence. While their areas of influence and affiliations are diverse, their unequivocal commitment to advancing and strengthening the nation’s infrastructure is unparalleled, COMTO concludes. 

LATINOS IN TRANSIT ANNOUNCES NEW BOARD FOR 2022-2023


Los Angeles, Ca. (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).

 “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.

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