November 18, 2016
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New CEOs Named

Smith, Valley Metro

The Valley Metro RPTA and Valley Metro Rail boards of directors in Phoenix have named Scott Smith, Valley Metro’s interim chief executive officer since February, to the position on a permanent basis.

Smith was mayor of Mesa, AZ, from 2008-2014, and is a past president of the U.S. Conference of Mayors. He also has been a private sector CEO, attorney and certified public accountant and most recently was a resident fellow in the Institute of Politics at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government. He serves on several APTA committees.

Mattice, NVTC

The Northern Virginia Transportation Commission (NVTC) in Alexandria has named Kate Mattice its permanent executive director after she served on an acting basis since May.

Mattice joined NVTC in 2014 as director of transit programs and policy after 13 years with FTA, where she ultimately served as deputy associate administrator for budget and policy/deputy chief financial officer. Previously she was a management consultant for the U.S. Department of Energy. Mattice is a member of several APTA committees.

NVTC manages more than $200 million annually in state and federal grants for public transit services in Northern Virginia. It also co-owns Virginia Railway Express commuter rail and works with the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority.
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