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U.S. Secy of Transportation Anthony Foxx Delivers Remarks at COMTO’s Women Who Move the Nation

Tuesday, March 29, 2016   (0 Comments)
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U.S. Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx Delivers Remarks at COMTO’s 5th Annual Women Who Move the Nation Awards Ceremony

Washington, DC – In honor of Women’s History Month, The Conference of Minority Transportation Officials (COMTO), the nation’s premier multi-modal advocacy organization for minority professionals and businesses in transportation, held their 5th Annual Women Who Move the Nation awards ceremony on Wednesday, March 16, 2016 at the JW Marriott in Washington, DC. COMTO bestowed one of its highest honors, the “Women Who Move the Nation Award,” upon 14 women who have achieved extraordinary accomplishments in their careers in the transportation industry during this ceremony to an audience 500 attendees.


The Honorable Anthony Foxx, U.S. Secretary of Transportation, delivered special remarks at the ceremony. “These 14 phenomenal individuals serve as an inspiration to a generation of young women who want to be engaged and involved in our nation’s transportation sector,” said Secretary Foxx. “They are doing some truly transformative work – leading the charge to innovate and improve our transportation systems across the board, while also further connecting people to opportunity.” COMTO’s CEO and President, Mioshi Moses stated, “We were thrilled that Secretary Foxx was able to participate; his presence demonstrated his strong commitment to serving diverse communities and addressing their transportation and business needs.”


Nationally renowned CNN, MSNBC and BET Commentator Angela Rye, moderated a special series of fireside chats with the honorees following the presentation of awards, allowing attendees to engage in thoughtful conversations around leadership and the challenges and opportunities facing women and minorities at the national level. Ms. Rye leveraged her subject matter expertise, keen understanding of the transportation industry’s current priorities, and political savvy to make this year’s series of “fireside chats” a huge success. “COMTO is delighted to recognize these 14 exceptional women who innovate and play influential leadership roles in the transportation industry and truly move the nation. Each of these women represents not only a cross-section of modalities, but a cross-section of America’s rich diversity,” said COMTO National Chair, Warren Montague.


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


  • Deborah 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, Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT)
  • 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, Posthumous Honoree, formerly of AC Transit

Contact: Lauren Gunn at 202‐857-8065