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Austin Transit Partnership Executive Director Search & Recruitment

Austin Transit Partnership’s (ATP’s) charge is to deliver on the voters’ transit vision in partnership with the community — and in a way that embeds equity, sustainability and transparency as overarching priorities. ATP’s Executive Director provides strategic oversight of the program and brings together the community, experts and partners who are crucial to delivering the Project Connect program and achieving the public’s vision.

Update: Feb. 8, 2023—

The information below provides the next steps following the guidance given by the ATP Board of Directors at the ATP Board Meeting on January 27, 2023. The Board publicly indicated its interest in considering Interim Executive Director Greg Canally as the sole candidate for ATP’s Executive Director position. Since the January meeting, planning is underway to develop a recommended process to engage the community around the sole candidate consideration in accordance with Section 4.2.2 of the Joint Powers Agreement, as further detailed below.

Community Forum

Date: Thursday, February 16, 2023

Time: 6 to 8 pm

Location: Austin Transit Partnership, 203 Colorado St.

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Community Forum

Wednesday, February 22, 2023

Time: 5:30 to 7:30 pm

Location: Mendez Recreation Center, 2407 Canterbury St.

Multi-Purpose Room 

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Scope of Work

On April 20, 2022, the Austin Transit Partnership Board of Directors approved a resolution determining separate executive director leadership for ATP in accordance with Section 4.2.2 of the Joint Powers Agreement, and appointed an Interim Executive Director of Austin Transit Partnership effective May 2, 2022 until a permanent appointment by the ATP Board of Directors.

This Resolution also included a request for the City Council of the City of Austin and the Capital Metro Board of Directors to amend the Articles of Incorporation and Bylaws of ATP to appoint the Chief Executive Officer of Capital Metro or their designee to serve as an additional, non-voting ex officio director of the ATP Board.

Both actions followed the ATP Board of Director’s commissioning of the Eno Center for Transportation to serve as the Independent Consultant for Independent Leadership Analysis to evaluate the executive leadership and overall governance model of ATP. Eno Center for Transportation completed its independent review of governance and leadership contained in a final report, which was delivered and presented to the ATP Board at its March 23, 2022, Board Meeting. After careful consideration, the ATP Board of Directors determined that it is in the best interests of ATP, and consistent with the natural and appropriate evolution of the organization, to move to operate under separate and independent executive leadership and to proceed with the appointment of a separate executive director, to serve solely as the executive director of ATP.

The ATP Board initiated a procurement related to the recruitment process for a permanent Executive Director in September 2022. This procurement led to one respondent, Affion Public, already on contract with Austin Transit Partnership. This procurement was subsequently canceled. Affion Public, under its current contract, has served as an advisor to Austin Transit Partnership’s board as it relates to its executive recruitment.