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Inclusion Council, chaired by the immediate past APTA board
chair. APTA is intentional about leadership diversity within the
board of directors as well as the association's leadership team. This
recent plan adoption is one of many ways APTA is addressing
inequities in the public transportation industry head-on.
For communities underserved by public transportation, the
impact of inequities in our system are dire. But we can make a
difference through bold leadership, sparking conversations at the
employee level and among practitioners, and by incorporating
intentional, institutionalized I&D efforts. I encourage ITE members
to reach out to COMTO and APTA as resources and partners to
address the ongoing challenges of racial inequities, diversity in
the workplace, and the reality that we can do better in addressing
diversity in our leadership ranks and the teams that serve our
communities. I recognize that conversations may be uncomfortable
or deemed unnecessary. However, as James Baldwin memorably
observed, " Not everything that is faced can be changed-but
nothing can be changed until it is faced. " itej
Freddie Fuller delivering opening remarks on behalf of APTA at the
" Introduction to Infrastructure Careers - Gateway to Opportunity "
Cardozo TransSTEM Academy 2019 Summer Program Graduation.
industry best practices. The organization creates an environment
of support where leaders can discuss the challenges that they face
in the workplace and learn from their peers how to address these
challenges. An internship program running 17 years-strong and
our scholarship program are designed to create a pipeline of future
minority leaders.
Our membership is also comprised of minority business that
offer services and solutions in the transportation industry. COMTO
also advocates for federal legislation supporting minority representation at all levels within the transportation industry, and creates
an inclusive business environment for historically underutilized
businesses (HUBs). Finally, COMTO's membership is comprised
of people of diverse backgrounds and is a community of leaders
focused on changing the narrative that leaders of color or firms of
color don't exist when leadership and business opportunities arise.
APTA. APTA's board of directors approved the APTA Racial
Equity and Action Plan (REAP) on April 1, 2021. APTA chose to
create and adopt this plan to acknowledge that we can and must do
more as an association and an industry to promote racial equity.
This plan will serve APTA members as a resource document to
address racial inequities at the board, staff, and service planning
and delivery levels. In addition, components of the plan include
best practices for addressing workplace inequities. This plan was
developed and supported by APTA's longstanding Diversity and

Freddie Fuller, a proven leader and a true public
servant, has spent his entire professional career in the
public transportation industry. For more than 24 years
Freddie has utilized his education, expertise, and
relationships to develop transportation policies and
procedures to enhance the delivery of transit services. He is currently
a vice president and geographic sales manager (GSM) for the
Mid-Atlantic at Jacobs. A private sector consultant and public
servant, Freddie serves on boards as the national chair of the
Conference of Minority Transportation Officials (COMTO) and as
Secretary/Treasurer of the American Public Transportation
Association (APTA). He was named the APTA 2020 Outstanding
Public Transportation Business Member of the Year. Freddie earned
an undergraduate degree in Urban Studies from Virginia
Commonwealth University, and two Masters degrees from Georgia
Tech in City Planning and Civil Engineering. He also completed
coursework towards a Ph.D. at Virginia Tech in Planning,
Governance and Globalization. He and his wife, Tasha reside in
Woodbridge, VA, USA and are the proud parents of four children.
Freddie loves to workout regularly and is an avid runner.

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