Planning and Innovation Director
Julia is an experienced project manager, grant manager, and innovator with deep experience at the intersection of technological innovation and public transit. Her most current role was the Executive Director for Western-Washtenaw Area Value Express (WAVE). She is also the founder and CEO of WoMobility consulting and spent several years as a leader in the Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority planning department, where she managed grants, advanced planning studies, and launched several successful pilot projects. Provided quote: "I wanted to take the opportunity to join the RTA to become a more integral part of moving people in our region to the forefront for where we need to be going together. It will be a vision come to fruition for me by contributing toward the growth and leadership of an innovative shared mobility future here."
Provided quote: "I wanted to take the opportunity to join the RTA to become a more integral part of moving people in our region to the forefront for where we need to be going together. It will be a vision come to fruition for me by contributing toward the growth and leadership of an innovative shared mobility future here."
Melanie is a community champion and a seasoned public servant with expertise in urban revitalization, mobility/transportation, economic growth, and climate resiliency. Along with role as the Mayor of Ferndale, she serves on the National League of Cities Transportation and Infrastructure Services Committee member. She has also served as the Board of Trustees President for the Michigan Municipal League, and as the Chair of the Oakland County Public Transit Authority. Over her 19 year career she has served in leadership roles with the Jefferson East Inc, Downtown Detroit Partnership, and the Detroit Regional Partnership.
Provided quote: "Enhancing mobility options across the region makes stronger, more resilient communities and businesses. Working collaboratively with the RTA's board of directors, transit agencies, elected officials, and our communities, I'm eager to advance strategic initiatives that increase our shared prosperity across the region."
External Affairs Director
Provided Quote: Quote: “Having the opportunity to not only grow the RTA as an organization, but to be able to continue community engagement work in a different capacity is one I couldn’t pass up. There are a number of projects the RTA plans to develop that I’ve already began to map out in my brain.”