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C O M M E N TA R Y
BY JANNET WALKER FORD

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AECOM
Chair, American Public Transportation Foundation

APTF: Engaging Future Public Transit
Leaders in the New Mobility Era

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Those familiar with the work of the American Public Transportation Foundation
(APTF) know that, since 1988, we have worked to encourage and support the
educational endeavors of the future leaders of the public transportation industry.
WE HAVE ACCOMPLISHED THIS BY OFFERING MORE
than $1.5 million in scholarships to more than 350 scholars
and public transit professionals. The awards and opportunities provided by the APTF can make a significant impact
by introducing the recipient to a wide range of possibilities
within our industry and connecting them with leaders who
can guide them in their careers.
As the new chair of the APTF, I am proud to continue the
work started more than 30 years ago and supported by
hundreds of donors and industry leaders who believe in the
work that we do. As we begin 2020 and look toward the
future, I recognize the vital role the APTF has in positioning
our industry for success in a world where talent is limited
and where our new leaders will require skillsets that are
more advanced and technical than before.
In 2005, Thomas Friedman wrote The World is Flat.
Recently, Tom and James Manyika of McKinsey produced a
video discussion on how far past the flat world we find ourselves now. The World is Flat dealt with the shifting of the
economy and the workforce based on so much of the world
having access to high-speed broadband digital networks
that connect us like never before. Within public transportation, we are rapidly embracing the new mobility paradigm
built on technology and cutting-edge innovations by developing a workforce that can adapt to current and emerging industry trends. As such, the industry must change by
engaging with communities and students to demonstrate
that public transportation is more than just buses and
trains, providing opportunities for upward mobility through
leadership programs and creating succession planning initiatives through mentorship and thought-leader programs.
The primary goal of the APTF will be to continue to support the industry by providing scholarships and engagement opportunities to our future industry leaders. This
mission is especially vital as evolving technology will require
us to recruit leaders with more advanced and diverse technological skillsets. As we work to achieve this goal, we will
continue to support a diverse and inclusive workforce by
supporting the education and advancement of scholars
representing varied backgrounds and perspectives. As an
industry, we must ensure that we lead with inclusion as we
address the continued gaps in gender and ethnic diversity.
As a supporting organization of APTA, the APTF will
ensure alignment with APTA's broader strategic goals,
including the focus on workforce development, mobility and
diversity and inclusion. We will collaborate with industry
leaders to promote best practices in the new era of public
transportation based on excellent customer service, multimodal mobility and connectivity, and partnerships with
private providers.
The APTF will continue to expand its relationships with
both APTA's public- and private-sector members as we
create initiatives to grow our general fund with sustainable

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I recognize the vital role the APTF has
in positioning our industry for success
in a world where talent is limited and
where our new leaders will require
skillsets that are more advanced and
technical than before.

programs and grow our donor base and multiple ways to
give. Additionally, we will look to increase our reach to leaders and scholars beyond public transit-ports, aviation,
roads/highways, freight, etc.-to grow the conversation on
how to address our collective workforce and talent needs.
This outreach will include strengthening our relationships
with partners such as WTS International, the Conference of
Minority Transportation Officials (COMTO), the Eno Center
for Transportation and the Transportation Research Board,
etc. to build a shared vision.
While expanding its stakeholder network, the APTF will
retain focus on our primary audience, our scholars. In 2018,
the APTF launched a robust mentoring program to help
bridge the connection between our scholars and the industry. In 2019, 32 industry professionals volunteered to serve
as mentors to scholars, helping to ensure they stay in the
industry. We will continue to leverage the rich experiences
of our members as well as the graduates of Leadership
APTA and the Emerging Leaders Program to attract, retain
and promote transportation industry talent through this
mentoring program.
As we lead the APTF into the new decade, we recognize
the vital role it has to play in engaging and supporting our
future workforce. Though the APTF has a dedicated and
passionate board of directors and a network of committed
mentors, there are many roles available for those who are
interested in supporting our mission:
*	With the adoption of an amended set of bylaws in 2019
we are now opening the APTF board to those who are
interested in serving via the process of an election;
*	Each year we increase the number of scholars who
receive awards, expanding the number of scholars
seeking experienced and engaged mentors;
*	2020 is an EXPO year, and we envision APTA's triennial
event as an opportunity to raise the visibility of the APTF
by reaching and engaging new individual and corporate
donors. Our scholarship fund was built upon the generosity of our donors. No amount is too small, and we
appreciate every donation that our supporters make.
Find out more about all these initiatives and learn more
about our current and past scholars at our recently updated
website, www.aptfd.org.

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