About

About

The Transit Innovation Partnership is a public-private initiative launched by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority and the Partnership for New York City with the mission to make New York the global leader in public transit.

An advisory board of leaders from academia, business, civic organizations, government and labor guides the Transit Innovation Partnership. Programs include the Transit Tech Lab, which has executed more than 20 innovative technology pilots with transit agencies, and the pro bono creation of the MTA's live subway map

The Transit Innovation Partnership is a public-private initiative launched by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority and the Partnership for New York City with the mission to make New York the global leader in public transit.

An advisory board of leaders from academia, business, civic organizations, government and labor guides the Transit Innovation Partnership. Programs include the Transit Tech Lab, which has executed more than 20 innovative technology pilots with transit agencies, and the pro bono creation of the MTA's live subway map.

Leadership

Leadership

Transit Innovation Partnership

Transit Innovation Partnership

Alan H. Fishman
Chair

David Belt
Co-Founder, New Lab & President, Macro Sea

Kenneth A. Bronfin
Senior Managing Director & Head of International Investments, Hearst Interactive Media

Kara Carscaden
Executive Director, Global Public Affairs,
The Estee Lauder Companies Inc. 

Kathryn Cleary
Senior Vice President, U.S. Business Development, Mastercard

Maria Gotsch
President & CEO, Partnership Fund for New York City

Alan H. Fishman
Advisory Board Chair

David Belt
Co-Founder, New Lab & President, Macro Sea

Kenneth A. Bronfin
Senior Managing Director & Head of International Investments, Hearst Interactive Media

Michele Gilliam
Director of Campaigns & Elections,
TWU Local 100

Maria Gotsch
President & CEO, Partnership Fund for New York City

Nick Grossman
General Manager, Union Square Ventures 

Sarah Kaufman
Adjunct Assistant Professor of Urban Planning, New York University

Nick Grossman
Partner, Union Square Ventures 

Sarah Kaufman
Associate Director, New York University Rudin Center for Transportation

Carol Kellermann
Former President, Citizens Budget Commission

David Levin
University Entrepreneur in Residence, Arizona State University

William J. Mulrow
Senior Managing Director, Blackstone

Charles E. Phillips, Jr.
Co-Founder & Managing Partner, Recognize

Steven Rubenstein
President, Rubenstein Communications, Inc.

William C. Rudin
Co-Chairman & CEO, Rudin Management Company, Inc.

 

Nick Grossman
Partner, Union Square Ventures 

Sarah Kaufman
Associate Director, New York University Rudin Center for Transportation

Carol Kellermann
Former President, Citizens Budget Commission

David Levin
University Entrepreneur in Residence, Arizona State University

William J. Mulrow
Senior Managing Director, Blackstone

Charles E. Phillips, Jr.
Chairman, Infor

Steven Rubenstein
President, Rubenstein Communications, Inc.

William C. Rudin
Co-Chairman & CEO, Rudin Management Company, Inc. 

Carol Kellermann
Former President, Citizens Budget Commission

Linda Kirkpatrick
Executive Vice President, U.S. Market Development, Mastercard

David Levin
Former CEO, McGraw-Hill Education, Inc.

Nancy M. Louden
Senior Vice President, Global Government Relations, The Estée Lauder Companies, Inc.

William J. Mulrow
Senior Managing Director, Blackstone

Charles E. Phillips, Jr.
Chief Executive Officer, Infor

Steven Rubenstein
President, Rubenstein Communications, Inc.

William C. Rudin
Co-Chairman & CEO, Rudin Management Company, Inc.

Kevin P. Ryan
Chairman & Founder, MongoDB, Zola, Workframe, Nomad Health

Scott Salmirs
President & CEO, ABM Industries Inc.

John Samuelsen
International President, Transport Workers Union of America

Edward Skyler
Executive Vice President, Global Public Affairs, Citi, Citigroup Inc.

Thomas Wright
President, Regional Plan Association

Kathryn S. Wylde
President & CEO, Partnership for New York City

Kevin P. Ryan
Chairman & Founder, MongoDB, Zola, Workframe, Nomad Health

Scott Salmirs
President & CEO, ABM Industries Inc.

Edward Skyler
Executive Vice President, Global Public Affairs, Citi, Citigroup Inc.

Polly Trottenberg 
Commissioner, NYC Department of Transportation

Veronica Vanterpool
Deputy Director, Vision Zero Network

Thomas Wright
President, Regional Plan Association

Kathryn S. Wylde
President & CEO, Partnership for New York City

Ex Officio

John N. Lieber
Interim Chairman and CEO, Metropolitan Transportation Authority

Catherine Rinaldi
President, MetroNorth Rail Road, and Interim President, Long Island Rail Road

EX OFFICIO

John N. Lieber
Interim Chairman and CEO, Metropolitan Transportation Authority

Phillip Eng
President, Long Island Rail Road

Catherine Rinaldi
President, MetroNorth Rail Road

EX OFFICIO

John N. Lieber
Interim Chairman and CEO, Metropolitan Transportation Authority

Phillip Eng
President, Long Island Rail Road

Catherine Rinaldi
President, MetroNorth Rail Road

Alan Fishman

Chair, Transit Innovation Partnership

Alan H. Fishman is Chairman of the Board of Directors of Ladder Capital. Mr. Fishman has had an extensive career in the financial services industry; most recently serving as the Chief Executive Officer of Washington Mutual Inc. Mr. Fishman also served as the Chairman of Meridian Capital Group and as President of Sovereign Bancorp. From March 2001 until the sale of Independence Community Bank to Sovereign in June 2006, Mr. Fishman had served as Independence Community Bank’s President and Chief Executive Officer. Previously, Mr. Fishman served as the President and Chief Executive Officer at ContiFinancial Corp. Mr. Fishman has been a private equity investor focusing on financial services at Neuberger and Berman, Adler & Shaykin and at his own firm, Columbia Financial Partners LP, and has held a variety of senior executive positions at Chemical Bank and American International Group. Mr. Fishman is a member of the board of directors of Santander Holdings USA, Inc. and is the lead independent director of its subsidiary, Santander Bank, N.A. Mr. Fishman is Chairman Emeritus of the Board of Trustees of the Brooklyn Academy of Music, Co-Chairman of the Downtown Brooklyn Partnership, Chairman of Brooklyn Community Foundation and on the Boards of several other not-for-profit and civic organizations. Mr. Fishman holds a B.S. from Brown University and a Masters in Economics from Columbia University.

Alan Fishman

Chair, Transit Innovation Partnership

Alan H. Fishman is Chairman of the Board of Directors of Ladder Capital. Mr. Fishman has had an extensive career in the financial services industry; most recently serving as the Chief Executive Officer of Washington Mutual Inc. Mr. Fishman also served as the Chairman of Meridian Capital Group and as President of Sovereign Bancorp. From March 2001 until the sale of Independence Community Bank to Sovereign in June 2006, Mr. Fishman had served as Independence Community Bank’s President and Chief Executive Officer. Previously, Mr. Fishman served as the President and Chief Executive Officer at ContiFinancial Corp. Mr. Fishman has been a private equity investor focusing on financial services at Neuberger and Berman, Adler & Shaykin and at his own firm, Columbia Financial Partners LP, and has held a variety of senior executive positions at Chemical Bank and American International Group. Mr. Fishman is a member of the board of directors of Santander Holdings USA, Inc. and is the lead independent director of its subsidiary, Santander Bank, N.A. Mr. Fishman is Chairman Emeritus of the Board of Trustees of the Brooklyn Academy of Music, Co-Chairman of the Downtown Brooklyn Partnership, Chairman of Brooklyn Community Foundation and on the Boards of several other not-for-profit and civic organizations. Mr. Fishman holds a B.S. from Brown University and a Masters in Economics from Columbia University.

Alan Fishman

Advisory Board Chair, Transit Innovation Partnership

Alan H. Fishman is Chairman of the Board of Directors of Ladder Capital. Mr. Fishman has had an extensive career in the financial services industry; most recently serving as the Chief Executive Officer of Washington Mutual Inc. Mr. Fishman also served as the Chairman of Meridian Capital Group and as President of Sovereign Bancorp. From March 2001 until the sale of Independence Community Bank to Sovereign in June 2006, Mr. Fishman had served as Independence Community Bank’s President and Chief Executive Officer. Previously, Mr. Fishman served as the President and Chief Executive Officer at ContiFinancial Corp. Mr. Fishman has been a private equity investor focusing on financial services at Neuberger and Berman, Adler & Shaykin and at his own firm, Columbia Financial Partners LP, and has held a variety of senior executive positions at Chemical Bank and American International Group. Mr. Fishman is a member of the board of directors of Santander Holdings USA, Inc. and is the lead independent director of its subsidiary, Santander Bank, N.A. Mr. Fishman is Chairman Emeritus of the Board of Trustees of the Brooklyn Academy of Music, Co-Chairman of the Downtown Brooklyn Partnership, Chairman of Brooklyn Community Foundation and on the Boards of several other not-for-profit and civic organizations. Mr. Fishman holds a B.S. from Brown University and a Masters in Economics from Columbia University.

Stacey Matlen

Vice President of Innovation, Partnership for New York City

As Vice President of the Transit Innovation Partnership, Stacey works with public sector agencies to understand their challenges and deploy innovative solutions to solve these challenges. During her time with the Transit Innovation Partnership, she has helped New York’s regional transit agencies identify and test technologies that can reduce carbon emissions, encourage the return of transit ridership, and increase subway capacity and reliability through improvements to the signaling system.

Stacey has a public sector, startup, and public health background: she led multiple initiatives with the City of Detroit's Office of Mobility Innovation, and founded an award-winning startup that expanded access to healthy food for low-income residents. Stacey has a MPH and a BA with high distinction from the University of Michigan.

Stacey Matlen

Vice President of Innovation, Partnership for New York City

As Vice President of the Transit Innovation Partnership, Stacey works with public sector agencies to understand their challenges and deploy innovative solutions to solve these challenges. During her time with the Transit Innovation Partnership, she has helped New York’s regional transit agencies identify and test technologies that can reduce carbon emissions, encourage the return of transit ridership, and increase subway capacity and reliability through improvements to the signaling system.

Stacey has a public sector, startup, and public health background: she led multiple initiatives with the City of Detroit's Office of Mobility Innovation, and founded an award-winning startup that expanded access to healthy food for low-income residents. Stacey has a MPH and a BA with high distinction from the University of Michigan.

Yasmin Lalani

Senior Director, Partnership Fund for New York City

Yasmin is a Sr. Director at the Partnership Fund for New York City. Within the Transit Tech Lab, Yasmin engages with startups and transit agencies to solve transportation challenges. Prior to joining the Partnership Fund, Yasmin co-founded a SaaS-based startup supporting families that do not have access to financial advisors and legal counsel. She also was an early-stage team member at the fintech startup and B Corp, MPOWER Financing. In addition to her work with the Transit Tech Lab, Yasmin is co-head of the Partnership Fund’s FinTech Innovation Lab. She holds a BA from the George Washington University and an MBA from Cornell Tech, Cornell University.

Yasmin Lalani

Senior Director, Partnership Fund for New York City

Yasmin is a Sr. Director at the Partnership Fund for New York City. Within the Transit Tech Lab, Yasmin engages with startups and transit agencies to solve transportation challenges. Prior to joining the Partnership Fund, Yasmin co-founded a SaaS-based startup supporting families that do not have access to financial advisors and legal counsel. She also was an early-stage team member at the fintech startup and B Corp, MPOWER Financing. In addition to her work with the Transit Tech Lab, Yasmin is co-head of the Partnership Fund’s FinTech Innovation Lab. She holds a BA from the George Washington University and an MBA from Cornell Tech, Cornell University. 

 

Executives in Residence

Executives in Residence

Ronnie Hakim

Executive in Residence;
National Transit and Rail Market Sector Leader, HNTB

Ronnie Hakim is HNTB’s SVP, national transit and rail market sector leader. Based in
HNTB’s Parsippany New Jersey office, she is responsible for collaborating with HNTB’s
leadership nationwide on strategic planning and implementation, industry
representation, business development, service delivery, and client collaboration and
satisfaction.

Prior to joining HNTB, Ronnie served as the Managing Director of the New York State
Metropolitan Transportation Authority, where she was responsible for leading more than
70,000 employees in five operating agencies, overseeing transit systems that carried 9
million riders each day. Ronnie was also the first woman to serve as the President of
MTA New York City Transit running the subways and buses in NYC.

Hakim’s executive leadership experience also includes serving as President of MTA
New York City Transit, Executive Director of the New Jersey Turnpike Authority, and
Executive Director of New Jersey Transit. She also served as Executive Vice President
and General Counsel MTA Capital Construction.

Over the course of her career, Hakim has been recognized by professional
organizations including the American Public Transportation Association (APTA),
American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC), Women’s Transportation
Seminar (WTS), the Conference of Minority Transportation Officials (COMTO), General
Contractors Association. Hakim is currently an active leader with several professional
organizations including Chairman of the Board for Coalition of Northeast Corridor; Board
member of APTA Board of Directors, Salvadori Center, NYU Tandon School of
Engineering Advisory Board, and association member of the National Academy of
Construction, WTS International and WTS Greater New York Chapter. She is sought as
a speaker by many industry associations.

Hakim holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Rochester
and a juris doctorate degree from the Pace University School of Law.

Ronnie Hakim

Executive in Residence;
National Transit and Rail Market Sector Leader, HNTB

Ronnie Hakim is HNTB’s SVP, national transit and rail market sector leader. Based in HNTB’s Parsippany New Jersey office, she is responsible for collaborating with HNTB’s leadership nationwide on strategic planning and implementation, industry
representation, business development, service delivery, and client collaboration and satisfaction.

Prior to joining HNTB, Ronnie served as the Managing Director of the New York State Metropolitan Transportation Authority, where she was responsible for leading more than 70,000 employees in five operating agencies, overseeing transit systems that carried 9 million riders each day. Ronnie was also the first woman to serve as the President of MTA New York City Transit running the subways and buses in NYC.

Hakim’s executive leadership experience also includes serving as President of MTA
New York City Transit, Executive Director of the New Jersey Turnpike Authority, and Executive Director of New Jersey Transit. She also served as Executive Vice President and General Counsel MTA Capital Construction.

Over the course of her career, Hakim has been recognized by professional
organizations including the American Public Transportation Association (APTA),
American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC), Women’s Transportation
Seminar (WTS), the Conference of Minority Transportation Officials (COMTO), General Contractors Association. Hakim is currently an active leader with several professional organizations including Chairman of the Board for Coalition of Northeast Corridor; Board member of APTA Board of Directors, Salvadori Center, NYU Tandon School of Engineering Advisory Board, and association member of the National Academy of Construction, WTS International and WTS Greater New York Chapter. She is sought as a speaker by many industry associations.

Hakim holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Rochester and a juris doctorate degree from the Pace University School of Law.

Ronnie Hakim

Executive in Residence;
National Transit and Rail Market Sector Leader, HNTB

Ronnie Hakim is HNTB’s SVP, national transit and rail market sector leader. Based in HNTB’s Parsippany New Jersey office, she is responsible for collaborating with HNTB’s leadership nationwide on strategic planning and implementation, industry representation, business development, service delivery, and client collaboration and satisfaction.

Prior to joining HNTB, Ronnie served as the Managing Director of the New York State Metropolitan Transportation Authority, where she was responsible for leading more than 70,000 employees in five operating agencies, overseeing transit systems that carried 9 million riders each day.  Ronnie was also the first woman to serve as the President of MTA New York City Transit running the subways and buses in NYC.

Hakim’s executive leadership experience also includes serving as President of MTA New York City Transit, Executive Director of the New Jersey Turnpike Authority, and Executive Director of New Jersey Transit. She also served as Executive Vice President and General Counsel MTA Capital Construction.

Over the course of her career, Hakim has been recognized by professional organizations including the American Public Transportation Association (APTA), American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC), Women’s Transportation Seminar (WTS), the Conference of Minority Transportation Officials (COMTO), General Contractors Association.  Hakim is currently an active leader with several professional organizations including Chairman of the Board for Coalition of Northeast Corridor; Board member of APTA Board of Directors, Salvadori Center, NYU Tandon School of Engineering Advisory Board, and association member of the National Academy of Construction, WTS International and WTS Greater New York Chapter.  She is sought as a speaker by many industry associations.

Hakim holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Rochester and a juris doctorate degree from the Pace University School of Law.

 

Sally Librera

Executive in Residence;
Transit Market Leader for the Americas, AECOM

Sally is AECOM’s North American Transit Leader. She focuses on growing value and delivering
sustainable, innovative, cost-effective solutions for transit providers, riders, communities, and
systems.

Sally leads a transit practice committed to embedding sustainable development and resilience
across projects, improving social outcomes, achieving net-zero carbon emissions and enhancing
governance around sustainability.

Sally has extensive experience in successfully leading large, complex transit operations through
system modernization, with a strong focus on improving system performance and customer service;
growing transit ridership; identifying and implementing efficiencies; and maximizing the value of
operating and capital investments.

As the former Senior Vice President for Subways at MTA New York City Transit, Sally oversaw North
America’s largest urban rail transit operation, leading a team of 30,000 employees and serving
nearly six million daily riders. She oversaw 8,000 train trips on a fleet of 6,400 railcars across 660
miles of track and 472 stations each day.

Sally was the first woman to lead the NYC subway operation. She led the NYC subways team
through a dramatic performance turnaround by focusing on targeted, data-driven system
improvements and full staff engagement. Sally and her team significantly improved on time
performance, cut train delays in half, and safely reduced customer journey times on every line in the
system.

Sally also led MTA’s Staten Island Railway, a 24/7 heavy rail operation, and has served in executive
posts focusing on safety management, transportation policy, workforce development, operations
efficiencies, and reliability-based maintenance.

Sally Librera

Executive in Residence;
Transit Market Leader for the Americas, AECOM

Sally is AECOM’s North American Transit Leader. She focuses on growing value and delivering sustainable, innovative, cost-effective solutions for transit providers, riders, communities, and systems.

Sally leads a transit practice committed to embedding sustainable development and resilience across projects, improving social outcomes, achieving net-zero carbon emissions and enhancing governance around sustainability.

Sally has extensive experience in successfully leading large, complex transit operations through system modernization, with a strong focus on improving system performance and customer service; growing transit ridership; identifying and implementing efficiencies; and maximizing the value of operating and capital investments.

As the former Senior Vice President for Subways at MTA New York City Transit, Sally oversaw North America’s largest urban rail transit operation, leading a team of 30,000 employees and serving nearly six million daily riders. She oversaw 8,000 train trips on a fleet of 6,400 railcars across 660 miles of track and 472 stations each day.

Sally was the first woman to lead the NYC subway operation. She led the NYC subways team through a dramatic performance turnaround by focusing on targeted, data-driven system improvements and full staff engagement. Sally and her team significantly improved on time performance, cut train delays in half, and safely reduced customer journey times on every line in the system.

Sally also led MTA’s Staten Island Railway, a 24/7 heavy rail operation, and has served in executive posts focusing on safety management, transportation policy, workforce development, operations efficiencies, and reliability-based maintenance.

Sally Librera

Executive in Residence;
Transit Market Leader for the Americas, AECOM

Sally is AECOM’s North American Transit Leader. She focuses on growing value and delivering sustainable, innovative, cost-effective solutions for transit providers, riders, communities, and systems.

Sally leads a transit practice committed to embedding sustainable development and resilience across projects, improving social outcomes, achieving net-zero carbon emissions and enhancing governance around sustainability.

Sally has extensive experience in successfully leading large, complex transit operations through system modernization, with a strong focus on improving system performance and customer service; growing transit ridership; identifying and implementing efficiencies; and maximizing the value of operating and capital investments.

As the former Senior Vice President for Subways at MTA New York City Transit, Sally oversaw North America’s largest urban rail transit operation, leading a team of 30,000 employees and serving nearly six million daily riders. She oversaw 8,000 train trips on a fleet of 6,400 railcars across 660 miles of track and 472 stations each day.

Sally was the first woman to lead the NYC subway operation. She led the NYC subways team through a dramatic performance turnaround by focusing on targeted, data-driven system improvements and full staff engagement. Sally and her team significantly improved on time performance, cut train delays in half, and safely reduced customer journey times on every line in the system.

Sally also led MTA’s Staten Island Railway, a 24/7 heavy rail operation, and has served in executive posts focusing on safety management, transportation policy, workforce development, operations efficiencies, and reliability-based maintenance.