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COMTO's Cunningham Dies

Julie Cunningham, president and CEO of the Conference of Minority Trans­portation Officials (COMTO) since 2001, died June 24.

“We mourn the loss of a member of the APTA family,” said APTA President & CEO Michael Melaniphy. “Julie ­singlehandedly increased the stature and influence of COMTO. Her strong will and passion heightened the profile and voice of minority professionals throughout the transportation industry.”

Before joining COMTO, Cunningham was a transit board member for Laketran, Painesville, OH, and a member of the APTA Transit Board Members Committee Executive Council. More recently she served on APTA’s Legislative and Business Member Small Business committees and Diversity Council.

Melaniphy also cited ­Cunningham’s role in developing a formal and expanded partnership and collaboration between APTA and COMTO in strategic planning, policy forums, and workforce development, among other areas. She helped launch a series of APTA-COMTO Assembly program sessions conducted at both organizations’ conferences, focusing on the needs of Disadvantaged Business Enterprises.

“The APTA family offers its sympathies to Julie’s daughter and her family, and to the many members of COMTO. We celebrate Julie’s life and give thanks for her many accomplishments,” he concluded.
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