Mpact, a national nonprofit organization that for nearly 30 years has shaped and advanced the movement to build great places to live around transit, announces new Board of Directors leadership for 2024-2025.
Flora Castillo, President of Pivot Strategies, LLC, is incoming Board President, taking over from Diana Mendes, Corporate President for Infrastructure and Mobility Equity at HNTB. Taiwo Jaiyeoba, City Manager and Chief Executive Officer of the City of Greensboro, North Carolina, will be Mpact Board Vice President. Paul Skoutelas, President and Chief Executive Officer of the American Public Transportation Association (APTA), will be Treasurer and Adelee Le Grand, Strategic Advisor with Intellectual Concepts, LLC, will be Secretary. Diana Mendes continues on the Executive Committee as Immediate Past President. Their terms of office begin on January 1, 2024.
Castillo, a nationally recognized health care executive and mobility and public transportation thought leader, is a former member of New Jersey Transit Board of Directors and former Chair of the American Public Transportation Association (APTA). Castillo has over 35 years’ experience working with mobility providers, national membership associations, healthcare providers, senior living communities, government insurance programs, businesses and community-based organizations.
“This is a very exciting and challenging time for the transportation and infrastructure industry,” said incoming President Castillo. “I am honored to serve as a steward of Mpact’s mission, along with my fellow board members, as we work to innovate and share models for leveraging transit, mobility and development investments to create great places to live for all people. I look forward to building upon the strong foundation that Diana’s leadership has advanced during her tenure over the last 3 years as our president.”
Outgoing Board President Diana Mendes led the board through a period of transition from the founding organizational identity as Rail~Volution to the new identity as Mpact: Mobility, Community, Possibility. Mendes has more than 35 years of leadership and management experience in transportation, including currently as Corporate President, Infrastructure and Mobility Equity at HNTB, where she also has served as National Transit and Rail Market Sector Leader. The recipient of numerous awards for her professional contributions, she is active in developing the next generation of leaders and is a sought-after speaker for her expertise in environmental justice, transit, project development and sustainable transportation.
“I’ve been involved with Mpact (formerly Rail~Volution) for most of my career,” said Mendes. “Since the beginning, our organization has supported creating thriving, vibrant, sustainable communities through investment in transit. I am grateful for the passion and energy of our supporters in advancing inclusive infrastructure for all.”
In August 2023, Castillo and Mendes were appointed by US Department of Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg to serve on the USDOT Advisory Committee on Transportation Equity.
Incoming Mpact Board Vice President, Taiwo Jaiyeoba, serves as City Manager and Chief Executive Officer of the City of Greensboro, which is North Carolina’s third-largest city. He advances a vision for a sustainable, vibrant and inclusive Greensboro and supports the city’s mission to create endless opportunities and an equitable quality of life for its residents. He previously has worked in the public and private sector, managing BRT, LRT and other projects, including as Assistant City Manager and Director of Planning with the City of Charlotte, NC.
Paul Skoutelas, incoming Mpact Board Treasurer, brings more than 40 years in public transportation, currently as President and Chief Executive Officer of the American Public Transportation Association (APTA). A licensed professional engineer, he has served as CEO of public transit systems in Pittsburgh and Orlando and as a senior vice president of WSP USA, one of the world’s largest architectural and engineering firms.
Incoming Mpact Board Secretary, Adelee Le Grand, a Strategic Advisor with Intellectual Concepts, LLC, brings more than fifteen years of experience in the private sector representing transit agencies throughout the United States. Passionate about utilizing mobility as a tool to create vibrant and equitable communities, her specialty is developing and communicating strategies for innovation and business solutions. She also serves as a mentor to young professionals.
Scot Spencer, Associate Director for Advocacy and Influence with The Annie E. Casey Foundation, is rotating off the board after several years of service, most recently as Board Vice President.