Conference of Minority Transportation Officials (COMTO) Host Scholarship Dinner

Left to Right: Beverly Greene, Schatzie Allen Jefferson and  Dana Lang celebrate at the COMTO Scholarship Dinner.
The Conference of Minority Transportation Officials (COMTO) of Northern California held its 14th Annual Holiday Dinner and Scholarship Awards Program at the Marriott Hotel in downtown Oakland on December 8th. The event brought together individuals and organizations making outstanding contributions in transportation while furthering the goal of supporting young people of color who wish to enter transportation-related careers.  Leaders from AC Transit, BART, among others joined elected officials in the celebration.
“The COMTO NorCal Annual Scholarship and Industry Awards Dinner is a perfect opportunity for transportation professionals to come together to support emerging transportation professionals, honor transportation officials of color, and acknowledge agencies that have demonstrated a commitment to excellence, equity, and inclusion,” said COMTO President Beverly Greene. “In this season for giving we are happy to continue to be able to provide scholarships to deserving students.”
According to Greene, the organization has awarded over $225,000 in financial support to bay area students of color who are pursuing transportation related careers over the last 13 years. “This year, scholarships we awarded seven deserving students seeking careers in transportation,” said Greene. Greene also said that many of the COMTO’s former honorees are now employed as professionals at SFMTA, BART and AC Transit, Parsons Brinckerhoff and other transportation companies.
The 2017 honorees included, Schatzie Jefferson, President of The Allen Group who was presented the Private Agency of the Year Award. Ed Reiskin, Director of Transportation, SFMTA was awarded the Public Agency of the Year Award and the Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to Dr. Beverly Scott, CEO, Beverly Scott Associates, LLC. Melanie Crotty, MTC’s Director of Operations, was also awarded posthumously and David Crotty received the award on his sister’s behalf.
Scholarships were presented to college students; Jason Luke, Berkeley City College, Jayda Preyer, College of Alameda, Joseph Clisagne, University of the Pacific student, and UC Berkeley Students; Marie Pichay and Yeabsra Habtegebriel. Donna Ramirez-Cruz, Sonoma State and Sabastian Rico, Mendocino College were also awarded scholarships.
Presenters included Shelia Evans, Vice President, COMTO Norcal, Rayburn, V.P. BART Board of Directors, Mark Williams, AC Transit Board, Candace A. Sue, Director of Communications ad Marketing, SFMTA, Linda Crayton, Vice President, Airport Commission, SFO, Raymond Odulami, MTC, Dana Lang, SFO, Jesus Vargas, VSCE, Inc. and Leslie Rogers, FTA Regional Administrator.
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