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 atpboardinfo@atptx.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.


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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.


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Jeff-TravillionTravis County representative - Jeffrey W. Travillion was elected to the Travis County Commissioners Court representing Precinct 1 in November 2016 and took office on the first day of 2017. He had spent the previous 16 years working for the city of Austin, retiring as team lead for the Code Department's Neighborhood Enhancement Team. He was responsible for developing protocols to address compliance issues within the city's health, safety and welfare codes. His term will expire in June 2024.

He has more than 30 years' experience providing management solutions in the public, private and non-profit sectors. Travillion has conducted extensive operational reviews of state agencies and city departments, and worked on teams that produced recommendations adopted by the Texas Legislature and which saved the state of Texas more than $8 billion.

A graduate of Jackson State University's W.E.B. Dubois Honors Program, Travillion also was an Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Fellow at Carnegie-Mellon University's Heinz College School of Public Policy and Management, as well as a fellow at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government. He has a master's degree from the University of Texas at Austin's LBJ School of Public Affairs.

Travillion is involved in a number of civic activities, including serving as a deacon at the Abundant Life Community Baptist Church. He is a graduate of Leadership Austin, chairman of the Communications Committee for the Texas State Conference of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) and a member of the board of directors of the Austin Project. He and his wife, Perri, have 3 children: Jeffrey Jr., Paige and Andrew.

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

Juan-Garza

Community Representative with Expertise in Community Planning and Sustainability - Juan Garza has extensive experience leading governmental entities and serving the public. Mr. Garza has served as a city manager of Corpus Christi, Texas, as an interim hospital administrator, and as the chief executive of two electric power companies. He also served as the VP of Finance and Development for Central Health where he led financial functions, contract negotiations, community relations, and project management, and was extensively involved in the redevelopment of the Brackenridge Hospital site. He has extensive experience working with citizens on complex and challenging projects, including, for example, the closing of the Holly Power Plant and the development of Evanston’s comprehensive plan.

A graduate of Loyola University Chicago, Mr. Garza's education includes a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics and an M.B.A. in Financial Administration, both from Loyola University. 

In his private time, he has been actively involved on the Board of Directors of Capital Idea which promotes low-income individuals returning to school. He also has served on the Board of Directors of the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce where he led the creation of a scholarship fund for students of Eastside Memorial Early College High School. He has been described as “an expert who understands the journey of the poor and most vulnerable.”


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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.


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Dottie Watkins headshotCapMetro Interim President & Ceo — Dottie Watkins serves as Capital Metro's Interim President & CEO in Austin, TX.

Dottie first began her transit career in 1994 driving part-time while she attended the University of Texas at Austin. Prior to her appointment as Deputy CEO, Dottie served as Chief Operating Officer and was responsible for all aspects of the agency's daily operations, Capital construction and Information Technology. Dottie holds a Bachelor of Social Work from the University of Texas and a Master of Business Administration from St. Edward’s University.

A native Austinite, Dottie regularly enjoys trips to the pool with her daughter and plays French Horn in a local community band.


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

Senior Leadership Team

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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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.

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.

 

 

 

 

 

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.

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