COMTO Celebrates Women Who Move the Nation

March 11th, The Conference Of Minority Transportation Officials (COMTO) hosted our 7th Annual Awards Breakfast, Celebrating Women Who Move The Nation. In observance of Women’s History Month, we inducted over 75 women into this signature class of leaders in the transportation industry. We are always excited to celebrate women who are leading and advancing America’s transportation infrastructure and invite everyone to join us.

Our sold out ceremony held at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center in Washington, DC, was full of fun and excitement as nearly 500 of the nation’s most esteemed transportation leaders, business owners, professionals and government officials united to celebrate and hear from 15 women who are leading and advancing America’s transportation infrastructure. These women not only serve in leadership roles and make a difference in their organizations, but they are also committed to diversity and inclusion, the advancement of minorities and women, and have demonstrated effective advocacy and support of Historically Underutilized Businesses. We salute these women for their continued work in moving the nation with COMTO!

This year’s ceremony recognized the following women:

  • Donna McNamee, Operations Chair, Board of Trustees, Laketran; Chair of Transit Board Members ADA Community, APTA
  • Rosa Beckett, Chief Administrative Officer, Jacksonville Aviation Authority
  • Kim Day, Chief Executive Officer, Denver International Airport
  • Jill Chen Stober, Manager, Service Performance & Analysis, TriMet
  • Jane Williams, Acting Administrator, Federal Transit Administration
  • Barbara Arens, Senior Vice President, Central Region Business Manager, WSP USA
  • Lisa Winston Hicks, Chairman of the Board, MV Transportation
  • Diane Woodend Jones, Chair, WTS International; Chairman and Principal, Lea+Elliott, Inc.
  • Heather Barry, Vice President, Strategic Partnerships, SSP America
  • Ryland McClendon, AGM External Affairs, MARTA
  • Michelle Pourciau, Director, Baltimore City Department of Transportation
  • Stephanie Wiggins, Deputy Chief Executive Officer, LA Metro
  • Diana Mendes, Senior Vice President, HNTB
  • Christy Hall, Secretary, South Carolina Department of Transportation
  • Leslie Richards, Secretary, PennDOT

COMTO and the Women Who Move the Nation Awards Planning Committee are dedicated to providing opportunities in the transportation industry for minority participation and advancement, through advocacy, training and professional development. It was a pleasure to host the 4th annual Celebrating Women Who Move The Nation Breakfast.


The Conference Of Minority Transportation Officials (COMTO) is the nation’s leading multi-modal advocacy organization for minority professionals and businesses in the transportation industry. COMTO is in a unique position to be involved with and speak on behalf of minority professionals and businesses on the cutting edge transportation issues that are sweeping the nation.

Since its inception, COMTO has continued to evolve to become the premier organization for the training, education and professional development of minority transportation professionals. The true measure of how far COMTO has come is revealed by the talent, tenacity, and accomplishments of the members who have joined forces to correct the inequities of the past and chart the direction of the future. The founders, leaders and dedicated workers whose original vision formed the foundation of the organization would be proud of where COMTO stands today. COMTO has thirty-three (33) active chapters across the country and members encompassing individuals, organizations, transportation agencies, non-profits, and Historically Underutilized Businesses (HUBs). Members of COMTO serve in every sector of the transportation industry.

Join COMTO in July at our 47th National Meeting and Training Conference in Baltimore, Maryland. More information can be found at!


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