The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority Wednesday announced the hiring of seven executives to oversee system security and law enforcement, ethics, auditing, risk management and sustainability, as well as a new initiative to address equity and race.
“We have successfully reconstituted our force with talented, diverse executives to help us deliver on our promise to provide better mobility for L.A. County taxpayers,” Metro CEO Phillip Washington said. “I’m confident these new leaders will make an invaluable contribution to Metro in the coming years, one that makes our agency safer, more equitable, efficient, productive and environmentally sustainable.”
Robert Green was appointed as the chief system, security and law enforcement officer for Metro. Green has 40 years of experience in law enforcement leadership, executive management and investigative experience with the Los Angeles Police Department.
Cindy Morgan Kim, who was named the chief ethics officer, has more than 18 years of legal, compliance and ethics oversight experience. Most recently, she served as the chief ethics and compliance officer at Florida Atlantic University, where she developed the first university-wide compliance and ethics program. Kim has served as the deputy inspector general and general counsel for the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Office of the Inspector General.
KeAndra Cylear Dodds was appointed as the executive officer of equity and race. Dodds has more than a decade of government experience in developing and enforcing housing, land use and transportation policy and has supported equitable, inclusive and sustainable development, according to Metro. Most recently, she served as the manager of preservation and home ownership programs at the Los Angeles County Development Authority.
Kenneth Hernandez was appointed as the transit agency’s chief risk, safety and asset management officer. Hernandez has 27 years of risk management and compliance experience in both public and private agencies. He was the managing director/risk consultant for a workers’ compensation defense law firm where he managed three offices.
Shalonda Baldwin was appointed as the interim chief auditor. She began her public-sector career with the San Francisco mayoral administrations of Willie Brown Jr. and Gavin Newsom. She was then recruited by the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency to serve on its operations leadership team.
Cris Liban, who was named Metro’s chief sustainability officer, has more than 25 years of experience in environmental and sustainability policy, urban planning, environmental science, civil and environmental engineering and geology. Liban is also the executive contact for environmental and sustainability issues for Metro.
Heather Marie Repenning has been appointed as executive officer of Metro’s sustainability policy. She has worked in local government for almost two decades, with a focus on creating sustainable communities, and is a former vice president of the Los Angeles Board of Public Works.
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