Director, Duluth-Superior Metropolitan Interstate Council, Duluth, MN
Ron Chicka has served as the Director of the Metropolitan Interstate Council (MIC), the MPO for the Duluth – Superior metropolitan area since 1998. He began with the MIC in 1995 as a Senior Planner. Prior to this he was employed with the City of Janesville (WI) Planning Department as the MPO Coordinator from 1990 to 1995. Ron has a Master’s degree in Urban Planning from the University of Kansas (specialty in transportation and land use) and an undergraduate degree in Geography from the University of Wisconsin–Madison. He is a member of the American Planning Association and is certified by American Institute of Certified Planners. Ron has presented the MICs work at a number of regional, state and national conferences/workshops including (at the national level): AMPO, Transportation Research Board (TRB) and the National Association of Development Organizations.Additional Member Committees:
- Association of Metropolitan Planning Organization – Board of Directors
- TRB ADA-30 – Transportation for Small and Medium-Sized Communities
- TRB – National Cooperative Freight Research Program Report 17: Freight Transportation within the Great Lakes – Saint Lawrence Basin – 2012
- U.S. DOT – Federal Highway Administration: Modeling and Analysis Needs and Resources for Small Metropolitan Area Transportation Planning: Report on a Peer Exchange – September 2012
- AASHTO-CTPP Oversight Committee
Executive Director, Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization, Austin, TX
Ashby Johnson is the Executive Director of the Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (CAMPO) which is the metropolitan planning organization for the six-county central Texas region and has served in that capacity since August 2014. Ashby also served as the Deputy MPO Director at the Houston-Galveston Area Council, which is the transportation planning agency for the eight-county greater Houston region for the preceding 11 years. Prior to H-GAC, he spent eight years with the Federal Highway Administration’s Office of Planning and one year with the Federal Transit Administration’s Office of Planning. Prior to USDOT, Ashby spent five years with the Texas Department of Transportation in the Environmental Affairs Division. He holds a Bachelors degree in Government and a Masters in Community and Regional Planning from the University of Texas at Austin.
Executive Director, Broward Metropolitan Planning Organization (Southeast Florida)
Greg brings more than 32 years of transportation, land use planning and logistics experience in both private and public sectors. Greg currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Association of Metropolitan Planning Organizations and the National Association of Regional Councils Executive Directors Council, elected nationally. He is Chair of the Florida MPO Advisory Council (MPOAC) Staff Directors Advisory Committee and the MPOAC Freight Committee. In his spare time, Greg is the Chair of the City of Fort Lauderdale’s Transportation Management Agency, a transit provider, with an annual ridership exceeding 650,000 passengers. Greg also spent his formative years working in logistics related to the manufacturing of the IBM Personal Computers in Boca Raton.
Director, Memphis Urban Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO), Memphis, TN
Pragati Srivastava has served as the Director of the Memphis MPO since 2011 and is responsible for multimodal Long Range Transportation Planning for the Memphis MPO region. She serves more than 1 million residents of the Memphis MPO region and works closely with the 29 member Policy Board, comprising of various local, State and Federal agencies. She formerly served as the Principal Transportation Planner for the Memphis MPO where she was responsible for managing the Transportation Improvement Program (TIP), Unified Planning Work Program (UPWP) and managed various transportation planning studies. Pragati received a Bachelor’s Degree in Architecture and Master’s Degree in Urban and Rural Planning from India. Additionally, she also holds a Master’s degree in Community and Regional Planning from the University of Texas, at Austin.
MPO Director, Frontier MPO, Ft. Smith, AR
Reese acts as the MPO director of the Frontier Metropolitan Planning Organization for the Fort Smith area. She successfully led efforts to implement bike share, integrate health into the design of transportation infrastructure, and ensure communities in the region have improved access to local parks. In addition, she wrote and received the inaugural Parsons Smart Cities Transforming Intersection Challenge on behalf of the City of Fort Smith and the Arkansas Department of Transportation. She has served on the Eno Center for Transportation’s Freight Funding and Finance group and was a contributor to the Eno Center for Transportation paper, “Delivering the Goods: Recommendations for Funding a Federal Freight Program, along with serving on Transportation Research Board Committees. While the focus of her work is in transportation planning and freight infrastructure, Reese received her Master of Science in Intermodal Transportation Management from the University of Denver, obtained certificates from the University of Maryland Senior Management Operations Academy, I-95 Corridor Coalition Freight Academy, and attended the Florida Coastal School of Law studying Transportation Law & Policy.
BOARD MEMBER AND POLICY COMMITTEE LIAISON
Executive Director, Rapides Area Planning Commission, Alexandria, LA
Matt Johns has 16 years of planning experience between the Rapides Area Planning Commission and the Louisiana DOTD. He is currently the Executive Director of the Rapides Area Planning Commission, a member of the Louisiana Planning Council, and on the board of directors for the Louisiana Transportation Authority as well as the Louisiana Community Development Authority. He also serves as vice-chairman of the policy committee for AMPO and serves on multiple committees for the Transportation Research Board. Since joining RAPC, Matt has led the expansion of the MPO from 5 staff members to 19 – accompanied by an annual operating budget that grew from $250,000 to $2.5 million per year. This was accomplished by offering technical assistance to surrounding jurisdictions, providing the expertise of RAPC’s talented staff to assist almost any need – transportation related or otherwise. Matt has a bachelor’s degree in Public Administration from Louisiana College and obtained his professional planning certification from the American Institute of Certified Planners.
Director of Transportation Planning, Baltimore Metropolitan Council, Baltimore, MD
Todd Lang is the Director of Transportation Planning at the Baltimore Metropolitan Council which serves as staff to the federally designated Metropolitan Planning Organization representing the 2.6 million residents of the Baltimore Region. As Director, Mr. Lang oversees the MPO work program including development of the region’s short and long range transportation plans and the recently completed fifty year regional visioning process. Mr. Lang has a Bachelor’s in Civil Engineering, a Master’s in Business Administration (Finance) and a Certificate in Environmental Planning. He is a registered Professional Engineer and is a Certified Planner. Mr. Lang also currently serves on the American Public Transportation Association (APTA) Metropolitan Planning Subcommittee.
Executive Director, Boston Region MPO, Boston, MA
Tegin Teich is the Executive Director of the Central Transportation Planning Staff (CTPS) to the Boston Region Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) in Boston, Massachusetts. CTPS supports the Boston Region MPO Board in developing a transportation vision for the 97 cities and towns in the region. CTPS also supports the Board’s decision-making for allocating federal dollars to transportation projects, while advancing strategies to achieve greater transparency and equity in transportation planning processes. In addition to our work directly supporting the MPO, CTPS provides transportation planning expertise to the Massachusetts Department of Transportation, Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA), Regional Transit Authorities, municipalities, and other stakeholders in the region.
Executive Director, East-West Gateway Council of Governments, St. Louis, MO
Jim Wild is the Executive Director of the East-West Gateway Council of Governments, the Metropolitan Planning Organization for St. Louis, which represents the 2.6 million residents of the city of St. Louis and the surrounding seven counties in Illinois and Missouri. Jim started at East-West Gateway in 1993 as a transportation analyst and held a variety of positions before his appointment as executive director in 2015. During his 28 years at East-West Gateway, Jim’s primary responsibilities have included overseeing the council’s freight, intelligent transportation systems, bicycle/pedestrian, paratransit, and transportation safety programs as well as development and implementation of the Regional Transportation Plan and the Transportation Improvement Program. In addition to transportation, East-West Gateway developed OneSTL, the region’s sustainability plan, provides local government, research and environmental services and through its St. Louis Area Regional Response System coordinates planning and response for large-scale critical incidents. Before coming to St. Louis, Jim worked at Tri-County Regional Planning Commission, the MPO for Peoria, IL. Jim received his Bachelor of Science in Community and Regional Planning from Iowa State University.
BOARD PAST PRESIDENT
R. TODD ASHBY, AICP
CEO/Executive Director of the Des Moines Area Metropolitan Planning Organization.
Todd Ashby is the CEO/Executive Director of the Des Moines Area Metropolitan Planning Organization. His previous work experience includes: Account Manager for TMS Management; Senior Project Manager, Snyder & Associates; Senior Project Manager/Planner, CH2M Hill; Assistant Director of Transportation, Mid-America Regional Council in Kansas City; and Missouri Department of Transportation. He attended the University of Missouri where he received a Masters of Pubic Administration and Iowa State University where he received a Bachelor of Science in Community and Regional Planning. Todd currently serves on the boards of many organizations, including: Association of Metropolitan Planning Organizations Board, National Association of Regional Council’s Executive Directors Council, : Polk County Aviation Authority Board, DSM Forward Task Force, Iowa Freight Advisory Council, Professional Advisory Committee-College of Design, Iowa State University, Cyclone Gridiron Club Board, Ankeny Kiwanis Club Board, and the Ankeny Alumni Association Board. Told also enjoys traveling with his wife Kerry, attending Iowa State sporting events, reading, and cooking.
The Policy Committee considers the impact of existing and proposed federal legislation, regulation, or policy on MPOs. The Committee develops position statements and/or white papers for AMPO’s staff and members to use when discussing legislation with MPO members and elected officials. The Committee works with AMPO staff to advocate AMPO positions and propose legislative language to benefit the metropolitan planning process.
Executive Director, Ozarks Transportation Organization
Sara Fields is the Executive Director for the Ozarks Transportation Organization located in Springfield, Missouri. She has served in that capacity since 2011.
Program Manager Public Involvement and Government Relations, North Central Texas COG
Amanda Wilson has been working for the North Central Texas Council of Governments, the Metropolitan Planning Organization for the Dallas-Fort Worth area, since 2002. She has managed the Transportation Department’s Public Involvement & Government Relations team since 2009. Prior to this position, Amanda served as a Transportation Planner focused on legislative affairs. Amanda and her team are responsible for public involvement activities such public meetings, community fair participation, social media, videos and newsletters; media relations activities including media releases, coordination of interviews, and an online newsroom; military-community planning activities including joint land use studies, implementation of communication and planning strategies, and a Regional Coordination Committee surrounding Naval Air Station Fort Worth Joint Reserve Base; and legislative affairs activities including monitoring State and federal legislation, assisting policy board to develop legislative program, and communication with federal, State, and local elected officials. Amanda received her Masters in City and Regional Planning from the University of Texas at Arlington, and her Bachelor of Science in Political Science from Texas Christian University.
- Alan Rodenstein
- Bill Higgins
California Association of Councils of Governments
- Regina Aris
- Keith D. Hall, AICP
- Casey Covington
- Amy Vennewitz
- Lyn Erickson
National Capital Region Transportation Planning Board
- Dana Crisino
- Becky Karasko
- Andrew Gruber
Wasatch Front Regional Council
- David Wessel
MetroPlan Greater Flagstaff
- Nick Haven
- Uryan M Nelson
- Bill Austin
Morgantown Monongalia MPO
- Corey Hull
Southern Georgia Regional Commission
- Francis R. Pickering
Western Connecticut Council of Governments
- Gary Huttmann
- Tyler Meyer
- Peter Koeppel
- Andrew Canon
- Chet Parsons
- Peter Buchwald
St. Lucie TPO
- Laura Wilkison
Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning
- Marcie Meystrik
East-West Gateway Council of Governments
Rapides Area Planning Commission
AMPO STAFF CONTACT
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The Technical Committee addresses the technical needs of MPOs through sub-committees and research programs. It works with the US DOT to identify MPO training needs and disseminate information on new technology, planning tools and design concepts. A member of the Technical Committee also serves as liaison to the Transportation Research Board. Members of the Technical Committee meet regularly through the year and are responsible for reviewing and prioritizing proposals submitted for the AMPO Annual Conference and the Planning Tools and Training Symposium.
Planning Administrator, Atlanta Regional Commission
Kofi is one of the supervisors in the Transportation Access and Mobility Group at ARC, which is the MPO for the Atlanta region. Kofi’s team includes several transportation planners who specialize in active modes, transit capacity expansion, freight and logistics, transportation systems management and operations/transportation technology, livability, data management, and transportation equity. Kofi has participated in numerous TRB research panels and is the current chair of the Association of Metropolitan Planning Organizations (AMPO) – Technical Committee. Kofi holds a Bachelor’s of Civil Engineering and a Master’s of City and Regional Planning from Georgia Tech, and a law degree from Georgia State University. He’s a member of the Georgia Bar, American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP), Georgia Traffic Incident Management Task Force Board, and ITS Georgia.
Rea Donna Jones
Director, Texarkana Metropolitan Planning Organization
Ms. Rea Donna Jones is the Texarkana Metropolitan Planning Organization Director. Ms. Jones is a highly accomplished and result-oriented regional director with over 30 years of planning experience. Rea Donna is focused on promoting transportation planning partnerships, stakeholder collaboration in planning and developing transportation solutions that reflect both community and regional values. Her primary responsibility is long-range planning for future economic and transportation growth with an emphasis on regional visioning. Prior to taking the Director position, at the Texarkana MPO in 2016, she was employed with the Texas Department of Transportation (TXDOT) as a planner for 26 years in the Atlanta District. Ms. Jones currently serves as a member on the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) Census Transportation Planning Products (CTPP) Oversight Board. Ms. Jones has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Texas A&M in Texarkana, Texas.
- Jeffrey Christopher Neal
North Central TX Council of Governments (NCTCOG)
- Lubna Shoaib
East West Gateway COG
- Christopher Hiebert
- Theodore Leybold
- Timothy Canan
National Capital Region Transportation Planning Board
- Clifton Hall
Alamo Area MPO
- Ryan Collins
Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization
- Brian Fineman
North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority
- Christopher Evilia
Lexington Area MPO
- Jackson Fox
FAST Planning (Fairbanks, Alaska MPO)
- Daniel Doenges
Regional Transportation Commission of Washoe County
- Amanda Hicks
City of West Memphis
- James D Snell
- Lethal Coe
- Bill Schaefer
Madison Area Transportation Planning Board
- Saleem Salemeh
- Maryann Waldinger
Community Planning Association of SW Idaho
- Ann Burns
AMPO STAFF CONTACT
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AMPO Board Election
The Call for Interest for the 2023-2025 AMPO Board of Directors has closed.
The Technical and Policy Committees Call for Interest will open late summer of 2022. Stay tuned for details or contact Caitlin Cook at email@example.com.