Therese W. McMillan, acting FTA administrator, leaves to take a job in Los Angeles
by Lori Aratani
The Washington Post
3 March 2016
Therese W. McMillan (M.C.P/M.S. '84) will leave her job as acting administrator with the Federal Transit Administration to become chief planning officer of the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transporation Agency.
Ms. McMillan joined the Federal Transit Authority (FTA) as deputy administrator in 2009. She became acting head of the agency in 2014, replacing Peter Rogoff who was named under secretary for policy at the U.S. Department of Transportation. Ms. McMillan’s return to California will be a homecoming of sorts. Prior to joining the FTA, she was deputy executive director for policy at the Metropolitan Transportation Commission, the regional planning organization for roads and transit in the San Francisco Bay area.
“We are looking forward to having Therese join the Metro team and return to her home town where she will provide great value as we position LA County for its transportation renaissance,” said Phillip Washington, CEO of Los Angeles’ Metro system in a press release announcing the move.
Federal Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said of Ms. McMillan, “For the past seven years, she has played a vital role in leading the Federal Transit Administration and its employees into a new era for the transit industry — through unprecedented leadership of expanded safety oversight of the nation’s transit systems, strengthening FTA’s civil rights programs to ensure transit access for all, and defining leading edge resiliency policies and investments following Hurricane Sandy.”