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Transit Alliance CEO appointed to Nashville MTA Board of Directors

On Tuesday, May 18, 2021, the Transit Alliance of Middle Tennessee President and CEO Jessica Dauphin was appointed to serve on the Nashville Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) Board of Directors. Dauphin was nominated by Metro Nashville Mayor John Cooper; her appointment was unanimously approved by the Metropolitan Council of Nashville and Davidson County.  

Above, left to right: Jessica Dauphin, President and CEO of Transit Alliance and Steve Bland, President and CEO of WeGo Public Transit 

Dauphin’s term will run through June 1, 2026. She will join Gail Carr WIlliams, Janet Miller, Walter Searcy, and Mary Griffin on the five-member panel whose members are appointed by the mayor. The MTA Board of Directors is charged with establishing policy for WeGo Transit operations and managing its chief executive. 

“I am honored to have been chosen by Mayor Cooper to serve my city in this way,” Dauphin said. “I know that transit and transportation are tied to our individual freedoms and our ability to live a meaningful life, so I will always show up to be an advocate for a robust public transportation system. Serving on the MTA board is one way to take my longtime advocacy to the next level. I am ready to get to work, and I promise to do all I can to ensure WeGo is primed to serve all of Nashville.” 

Dauphin is a Middle Tennessee native with almost 20 years of experience working for nonprofits helping to bring awareness and hope to individuals and communities in ways that ignite positive social change. She joined the Transit Alliance of Middle Tennessee in 2017 where she oversees the award winning Transit Citizen Leadership Academy, among other transit advocacy programs.  

In addition to her new board appointment, she is also on the board of Transit NOW Nashville and recently presented The Thing That Matters Most for Tedx Lenox Village. 


 About the Transit Alliance 

The Transit Alliance of Middle Tennessee works with contributors, community officials and regional leaders to build support for funding regional transit in Middle Tennessee. Its purpose is to educate, empower and mobilize policy to serve the entire Middle Tennessee region. 


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