The Intelligent Transportation Society of America Announces New Officers and Board of Director Members

Washington, DC – The Intelligent Transportation Society of America’s (ITS America) Board of Directors met earlier today and certified the election of new officers and welcomed a mix of ten new and returning directors to its membership. The ITS America Board is made up of public and private leaders in the intelligent transportation industry, who set policy and direct strategies for the association.

The officers and board members represent a diverse group of senior-level executives from private companies and public agencies in the mobility, technology, and ITS spheres. “We are proud to announce this strong slate of leaders who will be joining us at a pivotal time as we increasingly invest in digital solutions to modernize our transportation system across modes,” said ITS America President & CEO Laura Chace. “As we continue our work to leverage the generational investments in transportation to benefit communities coast to coast, these leaders are showcasing how technology can be integrated to provide safer, greener and smarter mobility for all.”

2024 ITS America Leadership:

Chair – Joanna M. Pinkerton, President/CEO, Central Ohio Transit Authority.

Vice Chair – Chris Armstrong, Vice President of Product, Cavnue.

Secretary – Seleta Reynolds, Chief Innovation Officer, LA Metro.

Treasurer – Laurel Straub, Assistant Vice President, State Farm

Immediate Past Chair – Monali Shah, Strategic Business Executive – Industry Solutions for

Smart Cities and Urban Mobility, Google.

“I appreciate the opportunity to work alongside such a talented and innovative group of forward- thinking executives who share a common vision for the future of mobility across our nation and with global ITS partners across continents,” Pinkerton said. “ITS America is committed to transforming transportation through new technology as well as developing a diverse workforce prepared for the future, which are values that I also share with leaders in the mobility space. I look forward to 2024 as a year where our innovative and rapidly evolving transportation industry partners together to implement incredible solutions for people, businesses, and the economy. In addition to the new executive leadership, the following members were elected to the Board of Directors to represent the public and private organizations that make up ITS America.

Public Sector:

New Members:

Nathaniel P. Ford Sr., CEO, Jacksonville Transportation Authority.

Tracy Larkin Thomason, Director, NV DOT.

Returning Members:

James S. Fishelson, Executive Director, California PATH.

Private Sector:

New Members:

Nat Beuse, Chief Safety Officer, Aurora

Laurie Matkowski, Vice President & Director of Planning, Gannett Fleming.

Terry Griffith, Vice President & General Manager, Cubic.

Returning Members:

James J. Katsafanas, VP/ National Connected and Automated Vehicle Technology Director,

Michael Baker International.

Laurel K. Straub, Vice President, State Farm Insurance Companies.

Joe Bergara, President & CEO, ITERIS.

Monali Shah, Strategic Business Executive – Industry Solutions for Smart Cities and Urban

Mobility, Google.


About ITS America

The Intelligent Transportation Society of America was founded by Congress to advise the federal government on digital transformation in transportation and is the only organization that brings together private industry, government, researchers, non-profits, and communities to advance the deployment of intelligent transportation technologies to save lives, promote sustainability, and increase access and opportunity for all communities. Our vision is a better future transformed by transportation technology and innovation that is safer, greener, and smarter for all. For more information, please visit