Ms. Renee Edwards
Education - As a native of Texas, Ms. Edwards is a 1986 graduate of Prairie View A&M University with a Bachelor in Mathematics and Minor in Computer Science. Further educational pursuits have been in obtaining a Master Certified Novell Engineer and Project Management Professional Certification designations.
Employment - Ms. Edwards is employed by Dallas Area Rapid Transit as a Information Technology professional and has served in this capacity since joining DART in 2000. She has been involved in numerous professional information systems initiatives involving hardware, software, and desktop support, and Computer Aided Design and Drafting. As a manager, she is accustomed to high levels of responsibility, having led a multi-disciplinary, multi-unit technical team in leading startup efforts and expansion initiatives. She is effective in making business cases for technical initiatives, successfully directing impactful and productive results, as well as building a consensus between the business and technical environments.
She was selected to become a Transit Cooperative Research Program (TCRP) Ambassador which is a collaboration with the American Public Transportation Association (APTA) and COMTO. COMTO National was very supportive with their endorsement which I believe ultimately helped me to be selected as one of the Ambassadors. The purpose of the TCRP program of course is to develop a group of talented industry professionals who will serve as "Ambassadors" to enhance the understanding, acceptance, and use of TCRP-sponsored research products. Her primary role was to serve as a liaison between TCRP, its member organizations, the research community, and transit properties. Through peer-to-peer collaboration, her role as an Ambassador ensures the dissemination of TCRP research to transit professionals, managers, and others.
In addition to serving as the sole COMTO Council of President’s Representative, she serves on the National Board of Directors, and Chair of the COMTO National Program Planning Conference Committee. She is also a regular attendee of many COMTO National Conferences and also the American Public Transportation Association Conferences. Ms. Edwards is involved in the greater Dallas/Fort Worth community by serving on boards and committees. She is currently in the 2010 class of Leadership Southwest which prepares individuals to become future leaders in their community. She is also a member of the Project Management Institute.
Involvement with the Local Chapter
I joined the Dallas Chapter of COMTO in the middle of the decade, and have served in a variety of capacities since that time. In January 2010, I was honored to be elected to serve as President of the Dallas Chapter for the 2010-2012 term, and was re-elected in April 2012 for a second term. Subsequent to my first term (2010-2012 election) as President, we collectively outlined the following goals for the chapter and articulated them to other COMTO Chapter Presidents.
Immediate Chapter Goals:
Additionally, we increased the COMTO Dallas Executive Advisory Board (EAB) from three to five members with the volunteer members coming from a wide spectrum of the transportation industry. Also, in an effort to embrace other transportation entities and professionals, we ensured that we had meaningful monthly Chapter meetings and regular outreach events to attract prospective transportation entities to become interested in and join the COMTO organization.
I have served as an advocate and volunteer for the Dallas COMTO Scholarship events and Golf Tournaments, along with other community outreach activities. It should be noted that I am not allergic to hard work, and have always possessed an attitude of service and cooperation to satisfy the mission of COMTO and other organizations that I serve.
Lastly, my servant leader demeanor means doing whatever it takes to ensure that the Chapter is vibrant, healthy, progressive, and meets the needs of our members and COMTO. I constantly strive to search for ways to ensure that our members obtain a return on their investment, and welcome suggestions, comments, and critiques to ensure that we have a great chapter.