Alexander Laska

Washington D.C. – The Eno Center for Transportation is pleased to announce three new members to its Board of Directors: John Blazey, Boeing; Sam LaMagna, Intel; and Keith Parker, MARTA.

John Blazey is Vice President of Commercial Aviation and Transportation (Legislative Branch Government Operations) at Boeing. He is responsible for securing legislative support for Boeing’s commercial airline business sector. He brings to Eno nearly 20 years of experience working on the House Appropriations Committee and is well known for his financial and policy background. Blazey’s addition is a wonderful opportunity for Eno to continue the work being done in its NextGen Working Group.

Sam LaMagna currently serves as the Director of Advanced Driving Technologies for the Transportation Solutions Division at the Intel Corporation. His role in the proliferation of intelligent commuting technologies such as Advanced Driver Assist Systems (ADAS) represents an exciting new partnership for Eno and the chance to work further in the Autonomous Vehicle spectrum.

Keith Parker is the General Manager and CEO of the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA), the ninth largest transit system in the country. Prior to joining MARTA, Parker served as CEO of transit systems in San Antonio and Charlotte. In addition to these leadership roles, in 2014 METRO Magazine named Parker one of the twenty “Most Influential People of the Decade”. His leadership skills and experience working in multiple public transit systems is an invaluable asset to Eno.

“I am excited for the opportunity to join the Eno Board of Directors. After Boeing’s participation in the Eno’s working group and its efforts on NextGen and Aviation Certification requirements, I look forward to becoming more involved in the Eno Center for Transportation through my role on the Board,” said Mr. Blazey.

Mr. Parker added, “I look forward to joining the Eno Board of Directors and becoming involved with the Eno Center for Transportation. Through their Center for Transportation Leadership, Eno has helped foster many careers within the transit industry and I am excited to be a part of an organization that further supports transit professional development.”

Joshua Schank, Eno President and CEO said, “These three new Board members help to expand Eno’s reach while strengthening our core areas. Mr. Blazey will be essential as Eno continues to broaden its aviation work and our partnership with Boeing, and Mr. Parker will help us improve our decades-long delivery of leadership courses. Mr. LaMagna brings a completely new perspective to Eno with his work in technology and autonomous vehicles that will help us work with Intel on productive policy outcomes in this area.”

Eno is also saying goodbye to three board members – Phil Washington, new CEO of L.A. Metro; Art Cameron, Boeing; and Mort Downey, Chairman of the Washington Metropolitan Area Transportation Authority (WMATA). Together these three individuals dedicated nearly 20 years of hard work and service to Eno. All will be greatly missed but Mr. Downey, with over a decade of service including as an officer, has had an especially strong impact upon the Center.

Chairman of the Eno Board, Lillian Borrone added, “It is with great regret that the Board accepted the resignation of Mort Downey. Mort has been on the Board of the Eno Center for 14 years and throughout he has been an impactful leader, providing thoughtful advice and guidance to his Board colleagues, the Eno President and others. The Board thanks Mort for his unwavering commitment of his time, intellect and passion during his many years of service. We wish him every success in his role as Chairman of WMATA.”

Dr. Schank said, “Mort Downey is a legend in transportation and we were very fortunate to have his unwavering service and commitment to our organization for so long. He is irreplaceable and will be greatly missed. Phil Washington worked in service to Eno as a member of the Board of Advisors and Board of Directors, his clear-eyed leadership was incredibly helpful to us in numerous ways, and we wish him the best of luck with his latest challenge as head of LA Metro. Art Cameron was only on the Eno Board a short time, but in that time he helped build our partnership with Boeing and create a very special event in Charleston, SC last November.”

We thank each of these outgoing Board members for their service to the Eno Center and wish them well as they carry out their new responsibilities.