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USDOT Secretary Anthony Foxx to Deliver Remarks - Women Who Move the Nation’ Award Ceremony

Wednesday, March 2, 2016   (0 Comments)


Washington, DC – The Conference of Minority Transportation Officials (COMTO), the nation’s only multi‐modal advocacy organization for minority professionals and businesses in the transportation industry, will honor 14 women leaders in transportation with its highest honor, the “Women Who Move the Nation Award,” on Wednesday, March 16, 2016 in Washington, DC. For the past five years, through this award, COMTO has honored women leaders who represent the broad cross‐section of transportation in both the private and public sectors. Past honorees include Janet Napolitano, Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), Therese McMillan, Gina Adams, Polly Trottenberg, Shirley DeLibero, and many others.


Special remarks will be given during the awards ceremony by U.S. Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx. Honorees will participate in a “fireside chat,” moderated by Angela Rye, Principal and CEO of IMPACT Strategies, and regular political commentator for CNN, MSNBC, and BET.


“We are honored that Secretary Foxx is planning to join us for the ceremony, as he is a long‐time friend of COMTO. His leadership as Secretary of Transportation has been inspirational, and we are grateful to have in him a strong advocate of transportation safety. We are also very excited to have Angela Rye moderate the fireside chat. She will bring a lot of energy, political savvy, and substance to the ceremony,” said Mioshi Moses, COMTO President and CEO. “COMTO is delighted to recognize these 14 exceptional women who lead in the transportation industry and move the nation. Each of these women represent not only a variety of modes in transportation, they also reflect America’s great diversity.”


COMTO will honor the following women with the 2016 “Women Who Move the Nation” award: 

  • Deborah Ale‐Flint | Executive Director, Los Angeles World Airports
  • Kimberly Avery | Southwest Region Engineer, Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT)
  • Flora Castillo | Vice President of Community and Strategic Engagement, UnitedHealthcare
  • Grace Crunican | General Manager, San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART)
  • The Honorable T. Bella Dinh Zarr | National Transportation Safety Board
  • Polly Hanson | Chief of Police, Amtrak Police Department
  • Dr. Bryna Helfer | Deputy Assistant Secretary for Public Engagement, U.S. Department of Transportation
  • Grindly Johnson | Deputy Secretary of Transportation, Department of Transportation for the Commonwealth of Virginia
  • Feysan Lodde | Founder, MV Transit
  • Valarie McCall | Chair, American Public Transportation Association (APTA)
  • Margaret O’Meara | Vice President, WSP|Parsons Brinckerhoff (Boston)
  • Dr. Karen Philbrick | Executive Director, Mineta National Transit Research Consortium
  • Leanne Redden | Executive Director, Chicago Regional Transportation Authority (RTA)
  • Mary King | Formerly of AC Transit – Posthumous Award


Media Advisory

What: Conference of Minority Transportation Officials’ 2016 “Women Who Move the Nation” Awards featuring scheduled remarks by U.S. Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx.
When: Wednesday, March 16, 2016 | 8:00 AM – 11:00 AM Breakfast and presentation of awards
Where: J.W. Marriott Hotel | 1331 Pennsylvania Ave. NW | Washington, DC 20004


Members of the media are welcome to cover this event, but are required to RSVP. For questions or to RSVP, please contact Lauren Gunn at 202‐857‐5065 or


About the Conference of Minority Transportation Officials

Founded in 1971, the Conference of Minority Transportation Officials (COMTO) was created to provide a forum for minority professionals in the transportation industry. COMTO’s mission is to ensure opportunities and maximum participation in the transportation industry for minority individuals, businesses, and communities of color, through advocacy, information sharing, training, education, and professional development. The organization membership includes individuals, groups, transportation agencies, private sector corporations, non‐profit organizations, and Historically Underutilized Businesses (HUBs).