C-TRAN announced it has appointed Leann M. Caver to serve as the agency’s deputy CEO, effective Oct. 1.
Caver will be directly responsible for the authority’s operating divisions including Fixed Route, Paratransit, and “The Current” On-Demand service - as well as C-TRAN’s On-Street teams, Radio Command Center, and Operations Administration.
Caver will also be responsible for the agency’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion team including C-TRAN’s Organizational Development Initiatives and the agency’s Customer Experience/ADA coordination group.
In this role, she will also serve as strategic advisor to the CEO and the Board of Directors as C-TRAN pushes forward with its 2040 plan, prepares for construction on the Interstate Bridge Replacement Program, and actively executes future expansion of services including C-TRAN’s third and fourth BRT lines.
“Leann continues to lead the agency into C-TRAN’s next phase for our community. Her knowledge of multi-modal bus and rail operations is world-class – including the ability to leverage partnerships that create shared equitable outcomes that impact every partner and end user. For Leann, it is much larger than just transit and our region without a doubt will be the beneficiary of that work," said Shawn M. Donaghy, C-TRAN’s CEO.
A Look at Leann M. Caver's Journey to C-TRAN
Caver, a Warner Pacific alum, has a nearly 20-year career in public transportation beginning her journey as a coach operator.
She most recently served as the agency’s COO, in addition to holding positions including director of Diversity, Equity, and inclusion/Organizational Development, as well as manager of operations overseeing C-TRAN’s divisions.
She started her career at TriMet in Portland, Oregon working in operations including Dispatch, and in Management, leading TriMet’s Bus and Rail Operations Command Center, creating and implementing policy, and working closely with Union leadership.
“As we continue to see extraordinary population and economic growth in Southwest Washington, public transit will play a vital role in future outcomes for our communities as C-TRAN continues to invest in rapid transit and service expansions,” Caver said. “I am excited about this opportunity and looking forward to growing with C-TRAN and our community."
Leann M. Caver's Work with Organizations
Caver continues to represent the agency and the community in several outlets, including as a member of the Equity Advisory Committee on the Interstate Bridge Replacement Program, a $6.5 billion mega-project crossing the river border of Washington and Oregon.
Her work with community partners such as iUrban Teen, a nationally recognized program focused on bringing career-focused education to underrepresented youth ages 13-16.
She is also a member of the Conference of Minority Transportation Officials (COMTO), WTS International, the Greater Portland Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, and the National Aging and Disability Transportation Center (NADTC).
Caver is also active in the American Public Transportation Association (APTA) and the Washington State Transit Association (WSTA).