Leadership
Beverly A. Scott

Beverly A. Scott, Ph.D.
Chief Executive Officer/General Manager

 

On December 17, 2012, Beverly A. Scott, Ph.D. was appointed Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) General Manager and MassDOT Rail & Transit Administrator. Dr. Scott is responsible for managing the MBTA and overseeing the Commonwealth's 15 Regional Transit Authorities and MassDOT's freight and passenger rail program.

Prior to coming to the MBTA Dr. Scott served as Chief Executive Officer/ General Manager of the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA). She was appointed to head MARTA in 2007 by the MARTA Board of Directors–the first female executive to hold this position.

Dr. Scott is renowned throughout the U.S. and North American transit industry for her visionary leadership, results driven management style; and progressive approach to labor management relations. Among her most notable industry contributions is her pivotal leadership role in the critical areas of strategic human resources planning, workforce development and employee training. Most recently, Scott was named a “Transportation Innovator of Change” by President Barack Obama and the U.S. Department of Transportation for her long record of ex-emplary leadership and service in the transit industry.

In 2011, she was appointed by President Obama to the National Infrastructure Advisory Council (NIAC), a panel of experts including top business executives, leading academics and local government officials who report to the White House through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security with a responsibility for making policy recommendations to protect and preserve the physical assets that are critical to the U.S. economy and national security. In 2012, she was appointed NIAC Vice Chair.

Dr. Scott’s career in the public transportation industry spans more than three decades, and in-cludes executive/senior leadership positions with some of the nation’s largest public transit systems. Prior to her MBTA and MARTA appointments, she served as General Manager and Chief Executive Officer of the Sacramento Regional Transit District (SRTD). Prior to that, she served as the General Manager of the Rhode Island Public Transit Authority (RIPTA), one of four statewide public transit systems in the United States.

Dr. Scott’s rise into the top tier of public transit management began in 1977, when she was chosen through national competition as one of four Carnegie Houston Foundation Fellowship recipients. Her fellowship assignment was with the City of Houston's Office of Public Transportation. Two years later, she was named Director of Affirmative Action for the newly created Houston Metropolitan Transit Authority.

She has held senior level positions at the New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA), New Jersey Transit Corporation (NJT), the Washington Metropolitan Transportation Authority (WMATA), and Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART).

She currently serves on the national Boards of Reconnecting America, Rail-Volution (Vice Chair), the Transportation Learning Center (a national labor management consortium), Americans for Transit, and on the Executive Committee of the Transportation Research Board, National Academies of Science.

Dr. Scott has received recognition for her outstanding leadership and service in the field of public transportation. She has received awards from the U.S. Department of Transportation; the American Public Transportation Association; the American Society of Public Administrators; the National Business League; the Women’s Transportation Seminar; the Rhode Island Professional Engineers Society; the Sierra Club; the Conference of Minority Transportation Officials; the Na-tional Forum for Black Public Administrators; the Urban League and City Year.

Dr. Scott holds a doctorate in political science, with a specialization in public administration, from Howard University, and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Fisk University (Magna Cum Laude; Phi Beta Kappa). 

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