Reconnecting America's Board of Directors works with Reconnecting America's staff to set the vision and goals of the organization. The board provides valuable, strategic advice in the constantly changing environment of housing and transportation issues.
Andriana Abariotes, Chair
As executive director in the Twin Cities office of Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC), Andriana Abariotes' work has included grant making, evaluation, strategic planning, training, community advocacy, finance, external relations and fundraising. Among her major achievements have been program design and management for LISC investments in community development corporations and the development of innovative learning experiences for community development practitioners. A graduate of Macalester College, she also received her master’s degree in social policy and nonprofit management from the Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota. She has served as a policy advocate for housing and income and jobs.
Jeffrey Boothe, Vice Chair
Jeffrey Boothe is a partner in the Washington D.C. office of Holland & Knight LLP and an experienced advocate for transit authorities and cities who has worked extensively on federal transportation policy and legislative and regulatory affairs. He chairs the New Starts Working Group, a coalition of transit properties, cities and private sector companies that actively supports funding for mass transit, and that helps develop federal transportation policy that responds to concerns about congestion, air quality, economic development and quality of life. He is an active member of the American Public Transportation Association’s Legislative Committee and Light Rail Task Force, and is executive director of the Community Streetcar Coalition. He served as a legislative assistant to Senator Mark O. Hatfield and as a professional staff member on the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee.
William Millar, Secretary / Treasurer
William Millar is the former president of the American Public Transportation Association (APTA), where he expanded APTA’s influence and guided the organization to legislative victories that have dramatically increased federal investment in public transportation. He is a strong supporter of transportation research, the founder of the Transit Cooperative Research Program (TCRP), and has been a member of the executive committee of the Transportation Research Board for many years. A well-known expert in the field of public transportation and transportation policy, he lectures frequently, is widely published, and often testifies before Congress. Prior to coming to APTA, Mr. Millar was executive director of the Port Authority of Allegheny County, Pennsylvania.
Peter J. 'Jack' Basso
Basso is the former Chief Operating Officer and Business Development Director for the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO). Prior to joining AASHTO, he served as assistant secretary for Budget and Programs and as chief financial officer of the U.S. Department of Transportation. Basso also served in the Office of Management and Budget, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Federal Highway Administration. Basso earned a Bachelor's of Science degree in Business Administration from the University of Maryland, at College Park, and continued graduate studies in General Administration at the university. He is the recipient of many awards including, the Presidential Rank Award of Meritorious Executive, and is a fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration.
Kim Burnett has worked in the field of community and economic development for more than 15 years as a practitioner and independent consultant. Burnett is a recognized expert on regional and urban policy and currently is a non-resident fellow for the Metropolitan Policy Program at the Brookings Institution. She has extensive knowledge related to Sustainable Communities and transit-oriented development. Burnett is a former Program Director for the Surdna Foundation’s Strong Local Economies program. She has a Master’s in Urban and Regional Planning from Portland State University, a Bachelor’s in Politics from the University of California at Santa Cruz and is a member of Phi Beta Kappa.
David King is the general manager of the Triangle Transit Authority in Raleigh, North Carolina, where he is working to enhance a network of transportation options including bus, vanpools and carpools with a rail system that will help shape growth in this rapidly growing region. Previously he was deputy secretary of transportation for the North Carolina Department of Transportation, where he was responsible for the Highway, Rail, Public Transportation, Aviation, Ferry, and Bicycle and Pedestrian Transportation Divisions. Under his direction, the Rail Division launched the North Carolina Station Improvement Program, which used ISTEA transportation enhancement funds to rehabilitate passenger stations with historic significance.
William Kohn Fleissig
Will Fleissig is President and CEO of TransACT in San Francisco, which is focused to unlock the value premium of real estate near transit. Fleissig has worked with institutional property owners, transit agencies, local governments, and public and private investors to achieve their real estate and development goals more efficiently. He has directed the planning and development of well known TOD projects in Boston, Cambridge, Denver and the Bay Area. Through an affiliate company Urban Villages Inc, Fleissig is a partner developing the 130 acre West Village campus at the University of California, Davis, an “energy neutral” new mixed use community. Until 2005, Mr. Fleissig was a co-founder of Continuum Partners LLC that developed 16 Market Square; Bradburn Village, and Belmar Town Center, which won the ULI Award of Excellence, EPA Smart Growth Award, and the Congress for New Urbanism Charter Award. He has also served in the public sector as the Director of Community Design, Planning and Development for the City of Boulder, CO. and as the Director of Downtown Planning and Development for Mayor Federico Pena in Denver. In addition to serving on the board of Reconnecting America, Fleissig serves on the Infrastructure Committee for the San Francisco District ULI Council. He received a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania; a B.Arch in urban design from the City College of New York, and an M.P.A. with an emphasis in public finance from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.
Arthur Lomenick is President, Development, Integral, Atlanta. He is the former Sustainable Development Practice Leader in the PlaceMaking group of Parsons Brinckerhoff, a global infrastructure, strategic consulting, engineering and program/construction management organization. At PB PlaceMaking, Lomenick was responsible for overseeing efforts to bring together capabilities from throughout Parsons Brinckerhoff on large-scale, mixed-use urban development projects for both private developers and the public sector.
Beverly A. Scott, Ph.D.
Beverly A. Scott, Ph.D., is General Manager/CEO MassDOT Rail & Transit Division Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority. She is the former General Manager and Chief Executive Officer of the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA). Dr. Scott’s career in the transportation industry spans more than three decades. Prior to her appointment at MARTA, Dr. Scott served as General Manager and Chief Executive Officer of the Sacramento Regional Transit District. She also served as the General Manager of the Rhode Island Public Transit Authority. Dr. Scott is the immediate past chairperson of the American Public Transportation Association (APTA). She has also served as Executive Director of the National Forum for Black Public Administrators (NFBPA), Assistant Professor of Government and Public Affairs at Tennessee State University, and has taught graduate courses at Howard University in Washington, D.C. She currently serves on the national Board of the American Public Transportation Association, Reconnecting America, Rail~Volution, Transportation Learning Center, and the Transportation Research Board. 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).