California Transit Association

IDEA Task Force Report

Overview 

The California Transit Association is committed to a vision for public transportation that advances inclusion, diversity and equity within our industry and that furthers social and racial justice in our broader society.

This commitment was made action by the Association’s Executive Committee through the creation of a new Task Force on an Inclusive, Diverse, and Equitable Association (IDEA Task Force). Today, we are pleased to share with you a new actions report, written by the IDEA Task Force, intended to baseline and advance our work on inclusion, diversity, and equity across all facets of the Association: Actions for a More Inclusive, Diverse, and Equitable Association.

 

Our Actions for a More Inclusive, Diverse and Equitable Association

The report is the culmination of a multi-month effort by the 17-member IDEA Task Force, which was chaired by Beverly Greene, Executive Director of External Affairs, Marketing & Communications at the Alameda-Contra Costa Transit District (AC Transit), and vice chaired by Alva Carrasco, Assistant Vice President of Transit and Rail National Business Line at WSP. The concrete actions outlined in this report build on the Association’s Strategic Plan and are intended to influence our annual work program and educational content plan. Organized by strategic goals relative to Advocacy, Member Services & Organizational Management and Development, each objective includes step-by-step tactics and accountability metrics to measure our success. To ensure progress on the implementation efforts, the IDEA Task Force will continue as a new oversight body.

Among the actions recommended in the report include:

ADVOCACY: Conduct an equity analysis as part of the review of legislative bill proposals considered for inclusion in State and Federal Legislative Programs and for legislation introduced in the State Legislature and Congress.

MEMBER SERVICES: Prioritize racial and social justice, transportation equity, and the furtherance of workforce equity in the Association’s Educational Content Delivery Plan, including events of all sizes, publications, and annual programming.

ORGANIZATIONAL MANAGEMENT AND DEVELOPMENT: Amend the Association’s Strategic Plan and ensure Association members’ staff from diverse backgrounds participate on all standing committees.

 

The IDEA Task Force Members

Beverly Greene, Executive Director of External Affairs, Marketing and Communications, AC Transit (Chair)

Alva Carrasco, Assistant Vice President of Transit and Rail National Business Line, WSP (Vice-Chair)

Doran Barnes, Chief Executive Officer, Foothill Transit

KeAndra D. Cylear Dodds, Executive Officer of Equity and Race,
Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority

Johnny Dunning, Jr., Department Manager of Scheduling and Customer Advocacy,
Orange County Transportation Authority

Diane Feinstein, Transportation Manager, City of Fairfield

Mark Fisher, Director of National Sales, New Flyer of America

Kellie Irving, Regulatory Compliance and Civil Rights Officer, Long Beach Transit

Wendy Lau, Manager of Office of Civil Rights, San Mateo County Transit District

Lora Mallory, Director of Operations, NorthWest Region, FirstGroup

Macy Neshati, Chief Executive Officer, Antelope Valley Transit Authority

Veronica Siranosian, Vice President of Ventures and Digital Innovation, AECOM

Deanna Smith, Civil Rights Officer, Monterey-Salinas Transit

Julia Tuer, Manager of Government Affairs, San Diego Metropolitan Transit System

Kenya Wheeler, Planner, San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency

Maceo Wiggins, Director of BART Office of Civil Rights, Bay Area Rapid Transit District

Kellie Zalewski, Operations Manager, Marin Transit