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  • 16 Mar 2023 3:06 PM | Christina Villarreal (Administrator)

    The Latinos In Transit Leadership Academy (LITLA), a program that gives participants the opportunity to gain an in-depth understanding of public transportation and learn about management practices, finance, procurement, labor relations and regulatory compliance, announced the 2023 LITLA Class members selected to participate in the program. The program is divided into three different development program tracks: Making of An Executive, Leading in Middle Management, and New Careers in Transit. The 35 participants selected come from both the public and private sector from across the country. The 2023 LITLA Class participants for each track are:

    New Careers In Transit

    ● Alfonso Reyes - National Express (CA)

    ● Anitra Honore - New Orleans Regional Transit Authority (LA)

    ● Ana Rodriguez - New Orleans Regional Transit Authority (LA)

    ● Eder Sanchez - Rocky Mountaineer (CO)

    ● Michael Candelaria - TransitGuard (CA)

    ● Caleb Losey - TransitGuard (CA)

    ● Stephany Garcia - National Express (VA)

    ● Henry Suarez - Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (CA)

    ● Carmen Ruby Galvan - SunLine Transit Agency (CA)

    ● Martin Rodriguez - Gold Coast Transit District (CA)

    ● Lawrence Trevino - Capital Metro (TX)

    ● Vanessa Meza - Capital Metro (TX)

    Leading In Middle Management

    ● Jose Vega - Alameda-Contra Costa Transit District (CA)

    ● Ricardo Vega - Alameda-Contra Costa Transit District (CA)

    ● Jorge Quintana - Foothill Transit (CA)

    ● Jennifer Lopez Ibrahim - GHD Group (WA)

    ● Abel Ruiz - Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (GA)

    ● Jesus Valenzuela - MV Transportation (CA)

    ● Leyden Patricia Mendez - National Express

    ● Roberto Lopez - New Orleans Regional Transit Authority (LA)

    ● Elizabeth Martin- Maldonado - Sound Transit (WA)

    ● Clara O’brien - Sound Transit (WA)

    ● Marco Zhanay - Transdev (NY)

    ● Fabian Campos - WSP (CA)

    ● Bryan Ochoa - Los Angeles Department of Transportation (CA)

    ● Donato Perez - Nelson/Nygaard (TX)

    Making of an Executive

    ● Hilda Mercedes - CSI Compliance (TX)

    ● Inmer Hernandez - Transdev (NY)

    ● Julia Cesar Badia Hernandez - First Transit (Puerto Rico)

    ● Niorka Mendez-Almonte - Merrimack Valley Transit Authority (MA)

    ● Norma Zamora - First Transit (TX)

    ● Vincent Parker - MV Transportation (TX)

    ● Yolanda Rodriguez - New Orleans Regional Transit Authority (LA)

    ● Erika Finnestead - Ozark Regional Transit (AR)

    ● Violet Ayala - Utah Transit Authority (UT)

    “We could not be more excited to bring forward the participants of our second leadership academy. We continue to promote the advancement and development of Latinos and other minorities in transportation and the academy provides a great platform for us to do so. This class is made of public and private transportation professionals from across the nation who are dedicated to their professional development. We look forward to celebrating their graduation later this year,” said Herold Humphrey, LITLA Committee Chair.

    Each track consists of five modules. There will be one module held each month for a period of five months starting in March 2023. The modules will be taught virtually by industry leaders. There will be a team project and presentation required to graduate from the academy. The 2023 LITLA program year will begin with an orientation to welcome the 2023 class participants. Now in its second year, the LITLA Committee plans to implement new strategies to catapult the success of the program to expand its opportunities for Latinos and other minorities in the transit sector.

  • 25 Feb 2023 6:26 PM | Christina Villarreal (Administrator)

    JACKSONVILLE, FL. (February 24, 2023) Ivan A. Rodriguez-Seda, JTA’s Chief of Staff, was elected to the Latinos In Transit (LIT) Board of Directors.  Founded in 2016, LIT was created to promote the advancement and development of Latinos and other minorities in transportation. Membership is made of public and private transportation professionals from across the nation.

    “For the JTA, it is important to be engaged and active in our industry’s trade association that contribute so much in advancing ideas and best practices that push the envelope forward in areas such as innovation, mobility, equity, and others that improve the services for our customers,” said JTA Chief Executive Officer Nathaniel P. Ford Sr. “For JTA to be part of an organization that has a clear vision of driving for sustainable and equitable mobility services, while creating a network to advance professional development, is an honor.”

    Rodriguez-Seda started at the JTA in 2013 as a Government Relations Officer and has held various positions in the authority. During his tenure at the JTA, he has been an active contributor in advancing JTA’s signature projects and initiatives, working on projects such as the Route Optimizations Initiative (ROI), the Bus Rapid Transit First Coast Flyer, the Ultimate Urban Circulator (U²C), among others, supporting with advocacy and grants strategies that helped secure millions in federal and state funding.  In August 2022, he was named Chief of Staff.  

    Selected in 2020 to Mass Transit Magazine’s, 40 Under 40 class, Rodriguez-Seda has over 15 years in public service, with extensive experience in policy, legal, advocacy, and governance, among others, and is an active member of numerous national and statewide trade associations and organizations. Currently, he also serves on the Regional Council for Leadership Florida’s Northeast Chapter.

    “We are proud and overjoyed to have Ivan join the LIT Board of Directors,” said Alva Carrasco, LIT President of the Board of Directors. “LIT is experiencing rapid growth and with Ivan’s leadership and expertise, we look forward to strengthening our foundation and to growing to new heights.”   

  • 29 Jan 2023 2:09 PM | Christina Villarreal (Administrator)

    WMATA will host the LIT Leadership Summit Sept. 22-23, in Washington, D.C.

    (Los Angeles, CA, January 29, 2023) Latinos In Transit (LIT) is excited to announce the next Leadership Summit will take place Sept. 22-23, 2023, in the Washington, D.C. area. The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) will be this year’s host.

    The announcement was made at a joint COMTO DC and LIT lunch and learn event at WMATA’s headquarters. WMATA General Manager and CEO Randy Clarke made the announcement while discussing the agency’s current service and operations as well as potential capital improvements. Clarke noted that WMATA’s workforce is the backbone of the agency and region and he highlighted recent promotions that reinforced his commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion efforts.

    "We are elated to announce the 2023 LIT Leadership Summit will take place at our nation's capital. Having WMATA be the Summit host is just icing on the cake,” said LIT President Alva Carrasco.

    Sponsorship opportunities will be made available in the coming weeks and programming announcements will be made in the coming months. Those interested in a sponsorship or would like to submit a session proposal may contact Leadership Summit Committee Chair Oscar Gonzalez at

    LIT is excited to build off of last year’s successful summit, which took place in Dallas, Texas, and was hosted by Dallas Area Rapid Transit. The event saw more than 150 registrants, a sold out Leadership Luncheon with 200 attendees, nine sponsors, four breakout sessions, three keynotes, a technical tour and two receptions.

  • 26 Oct 2022 3:02 PM | Christina Villarreal (Administrator)

    (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    


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