Austin Transit Partnership Leadership

Board of Directors

Veronica_Castro-de-BarreraCommunity Representative with Expertise in Engineering & Construction - Veronica Castro de Barrera is the founding principal of VCdB Architecture & Art, a design consulting practice in Austin. She is a licensed architect who has dedicated her career to guiding public investment decisions toward more walkable, inclusive urban design and transit-friendly communities. In her 23-year career, she has designed a diverse portfolio of civic projects including housing, recreational and mass transit. The majority of her work has been focused on the architecture of mobility in an effort to humanize the built environment, connecting the most vulnerable in our communities to opportunities.

Castro de Barrera has studied in Mexico, the United States, Italy and, most recently, a masterclass in Denmark with Gehl Architects. She has led the transit studio for a national design-build firm and worked alongside teams of engineers and artists in the successful design, documentation and construction administration of transit programs and active mobility investments for Austin, San Antonio, Dallas, Fort Worth and St. Louis.

She has called Austin home for the past two decades and has raised her two children, Andrea and Sebastian, with her husband, Martin.


You can email the ATP board of directors at info@austintransitpartnership.org. Messages sent to this address are forwarded to all members of the board by ATP staff.

Steve_AdlerRepresentative from Austin City Council - Steve Adler was elected Austin's 52nd Mayor in December 2014. After completing his undergraduate studies at Princeton, Adler moved to Austin to work his way through law school at The University of Texas. Like many others, he fell in love with Austin and has made it his home for nearly four decades.

He practiced civil rights law for many years and later founded a successful eminent domain law practice representing landowners. Adler also served nearly 10 years as chief of staff and general counsel for Texas State Senator Eliot Shapleigh, working primarily on school finance, equity and access issues.

Adler has been deeply involved with, and chaired, many Austin civic and non-profit institutions over the past 20 years. Together with his wife, Diane Land, Mayor Adler is the proud parent of three wonderful daughters.


You can email the ATP board of directors at info@austintransitpartnership.org. Messages sent to this address are forwarded to all members of the board by ATP staff.

Colette-Pierce_BurnetteCommunity Representative with Expertise in Planning & Sustainability - Colette Pierce Burnette became president of Huston-Tillotson University in July 2015, the first female president of the combined Huston and Tillotson Colleges. She has also served in leadership roles at Pierce College and Central State University, as well as for the Washington State Department of Transportation. Before transitioning into higher education, Burnette worked in a variety of industries and for a diverse array of companies, including The Washington Post, Proctor and Gamble and the Neighborhood Reinvestment Corp., in addition to running her own consulting firm, CompuMent. Her commitment to civic and community leadership in the Austin community has led to roles with the Mayor’s Task Force on Institutional Racism and Systemic Inequities, Leadership Austin, the Greater Austin Area Black Chamber, Austin Community Foundation, The Greater Austin Urban League, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Texas Advisory Council and Waterloo Greenway.

A Cleveland, Ohio native, Burnette received her high school diploma from John F. Kennedy High School, a Bachelor of Science in Engineering from The Ohio State University and a Master of Science in Administration from Georgia College. She is also a graduate of the Harvard Graduate School of Education’s Management Development Program and received her Ed.D. in Higher Education Administration from University of Pennsylvania. Burnette is married to retired Lieutenant Colonel Dr. Daarel Burnette and they have two adult children, Daarel II of Washington, D.C., and Daana of Los Angeles.


You can email the ATP board of directors at info@austintransitpartnership.org. Messages sent to this address are forwarded to all members of the board by ATP staff.

Tony_ElkinsCommunity Representative with Expertise in Finance - Tony Elkins is an accomplished transportation development and alternative financing professional with more than 35 years of experience. He is skilled in the procurement of multibillion-dollar transportation projects, public-private partnerships, project finance, and advising CEOs and boards.

Elkins is a vice president for Meridiam Infrastructure, leading its North American business development efforts in transportation, social infrastructure, broadband and EV charging. His long career in infrastructure development includes employment with firms such as WSP and Cintra, working on high-profile projects such as the Texas High Speed Rail, LA Metro’s Sepulveda Transit Corridor and Maryland’s I-495 and I-270 Congestion Relief Public-Private Partnership program. Elkins also spent more than 8 years working for lend-lease structuring over $6 billion of affordable housing projects for the U.S. military under the Department of Defense’s MHPI public-private partnership program.

He holds an MBA in finance and international business from New York University and a BBA in accounting with honors from the University of Massachusetts. He is a board member and treasurer of the nonprofit Williams Community School in Austin for children with neurodiverse educational needs.


You can email the ATP board of directors at info@austintransitpartnership.org. Messages sent to this address are forwarded to all members of the board by ATP staff.

Ex Officio - Gina Fiandaca was appointed Assistant City Manager in May 2019 and oversees the Mobility outcome. Gina most recently served as Commissioner of the City of Boston Transportation Department (BTD). As Commissioner, she oversaw staff who work together to ensure safe, efficient, and equitable access on Boston’s street system for all users through a combination of transportation planning, engineering, management, operations, and enforcement efforts. Under Gina’s leadership, the department released the 15-year, $4.74B “Go Boston 2030," which was Boston’s first major transportation plan in decades that included mobility projects and polices to expand access, improve safety, and ensure reliability.

Gina served as Chair of the City of Boston Air Pollution Control Commission, as well as a member of the City of Boston Public Improvement Commission and the Boston Emergency Management Agency, the National Association of Transportation Officials and the Massachusetts Area Planning Council. Gina received a bachelor’s degree from Suffolk University and an MBA from Boston University.


You can email the ATP board of directors at info@austintransitpartnership.org. Messages sent to this address are forwarded to all members of the board by ATP staff.

Eric_Stratton-ATPRepresentative from CapMetro Board - Eric Stratton is a strategic planner, policy advisor and registered nurse. His early career was spent working various congressional and state legislative races and then for the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association in Washington, D.C., for which he educated congress and association members on energy and environmental policy issues

After a life-altering event involving the health of his daughter, Stratton was led to pursue a career in healthcare, became a registered nurse and obtained his Master of Science in nursing from UT Austin, specializing in pediatrics and teaching. He later returned to public policy as chief of staff for a state representative and helped organize and execute the first Autism Awareness Day at the Texas Capitol.

Most recently, Stratton spent 5 years with the Texas Health and Human Services Commission, serving as a policy analyst for the senior advisor to the executive commissioner and a clinical policy advisor for Medicaid. There he helped design, procure and implement STAR Kids, the legislatively mandated Medicaid managed care system for children with special healthcare needs. Stratton also provided clinical and policy oversight for the transition of programs from the Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services (DARS) to HHSC and the Texas Workforce Commission.

Stratton and his wife, Jennifer, provide strategic planning, policy and communications consulting services through their business, Stratton Strategies. They live in Austin with their two children, Maddie and Jack.


You can email the ATP board of directors at info@austintransitpartnership.org. Messages sent to this address are forwarded to all members of the board by ATP staff.

The Austin Transit Partnership has authorized an independent analysis by the ATP Board of Directors in partnership with the Eno Center for Transportation to determine the appropriate leadership model for ATP.

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Senior Leadership Team

Greg Canally - Head Shot

Interim Executive Director – Greg Canally was appointed Executive Director by the ATP Board of Directors effective May 2, 2022. Canally’s prior roles with Austin Transit Partnership included Chief Financial Officer and Chief Development Officer. With more than 20 years’ experience in public sector service, he has executed large scale projects and financial portfolios that have helped guide Austin’s growth and economic vitality. Canally’s prior roles with the City of Austin include Interim Chief Financial Officer, Deputy Chief Financial Officer and Budget Officer. Canally led the City’s financial strategies on economic development, transportation initiatives, facility master planning and a variety of information technology initiatives for the City. He led several major initiatives for the community, including working to bring Major League Soccer (Austin FC) to the city, a $110 million partnership with Waterloo Greenway for development of Waller Creek, new public-private partnership office buildings and the recent $925 million general obligation bond program.

Prior to his work in municipal government, Canally worked as a project manager/economist consultant working with all levels of government to implement Water Planning solutions in Texas. He holds a BS in Economics from Villanova University and a MS in Economics from the University of Texas at Austin.

General Counsel and Chief Administrative OfficerGeneral Counsel and Chief Administrative Officer - Prior to joining Austin Transit Partnership, Casey Burack served as General Counsel and VP of Government Affairs for the Downtown Austin Alliance, which manages the Austin Downtown Public Improvement District and represents over 900 downtown property owners. She specialized in mobility policy at the Downtown Alliance, and has served on the board of Bike Share Austin, as chair of ULI Austin’s Transportation Strategic Council and as a member of ULI Austin’s Advisory Board.

Prior to joining the Downtown Austin Alliance, Burack practiced real estate and infrastructure law here in Austin and in Los Angeles. She earned her J.D. from Loyola Law School and an M.A./B.A. in Latin American Studies at UCLA. She is a member of the Texas, California and New York Bar Associations.

When away from the office, Burack enjoys international travel and playing with her six-year-old son, Everett.

Chief Program Officer Dave Couch

Chief Program OfficerDave Couch joined CapMetro in 2018 to oversee Project Connect, CapMetro’s plan to transform the Austin public transportation system. Dave’s leadership in planning Project Connect led to voters approving the plan in November 2020, and Dave will now pivot to implementing Project Connect as Chief Program Officer on Austin Transit Partnership.

Dave has decades of experience overseeing a number of high profile public transportation projects, from system expansions in Washington, D.C. and Houston to the Caltrain Modernization Program in the San Francisco area.

Dave is originally from upstate New York, but became a Texan in In the early 2000s to take a gig with the Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County.

 

 

Peter MullanChief of Architecture and Urban Design - Peter Mullan brings decades of experience working in public space design and community engagement to Austin Transit Partnership. He believes Project Connect is an extraordinary opportunity to reinforce and enhance Austin's diverse and human-centered urban fabric.

Peter comes to the Austin Transit Partnership from the Waterloo Greenway Conservancy, where he served as CEO since 2015. An innovative public park system built around a restored Waller Creek, including the transformed Waterloo Park and Moody Amphitheater opening in 2021, Waterloo Greenway will give the Austin community a new public gathering place, combining access to art and culture with an immersive natural experience in the heart of the city.

Before moving to Austin, Peter played a critical role in the creation of the High Line in New York, a global model for next-generation public spaces. A licensed architect by training, Peter is a graduate of Princeton University and the Yale School of Architecture, where he was the recipient of the Alpha Rho Chi medal for Leadership.

Deputy Program OfficerDeputy Program Officer - John Rhone's career in the industry includes extensive maintenance, operations, design and construction experience in a number of key system maintenance and project management roles, which he has acquired over 25 years of work as it relates to mass transit. Mr. Rhone holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Prairie View A&M University. In his capacity as Deputy Program Officer, he directs and oversees the activities of personnel engaged in planning, design, construction, utility coordination, commissioning, testing and safety certification functions associated with Project Connect.