Photo via The Rapid

Photo via The Rapid

Grand Rapids, Mich.-based The Rapid finalized the official hiring of Deborah Prato as its new CEO. The agency’s board formalized the contract with Prato as part of their regular January meeting.

Prato will bring over 30 years of public sector experience to the role, including 10 years of executive team experience in public transportation. Her expertise in local government and public transit in the northeast positions her to hit the ground running at The Rapid as the agency continues its work to support pandemic recovery and growth in the region.

Prato will officially begin her role as CEO March 8.

The Rapid started the CEO search process in July 2020, at which time Win Irwin was hired to serve as Interim CEO. Irwin will be working with The Rapid’s board, staff, and Prato to assist with the transition.