Outreach to Minorities for Executive Searches in Public Transit

<div><font size="3">In annual reviews of the makeup of executives within the nation's public transit systems, people of color do not emerge as the most senior leaders within the organizations. Because it is clear that the ridership of the nation's public transit systems is predominantly people of color, it seems regressive that the entities' leadership has not grown similarly diverse.  For example, in urban areas, African Americans and Latinos comprise 62% of bus riders, 35% of subway riders, and 29% of commuters. Yet, in the top 20 public transit agencies, only three are lead by CEOs of color, and all African American. </font><font size="3">In addition, the U.S. Census estimates that neither the white population nor any other race will make up a majority of the country's population. In six out of eight of the largest metropolitan areas, minorities are the collective majority. When these realities are coupled with </font><font size="3">the results of reviews about increased diversity in the workplace creating greater productivity, efficiency, and positive impact on the business environment, the business case for more diverse leadership is obvious. </font><font size="3">With the nation's overall population trending to majority minority populations across multiple regions of the country, it is time that executive recruitment and positions within the nation's public transit industry count success as reversing the existing trend and comporting with the population's reflection of the communities they serve. </font><font size="3">The goal of this research would be to create a set of guidelines for public transit search committees to use in conducting their work for executive openings at their entities. It would also serve to seek the input of search committee members and professional recruiters in the draft of these criteria. Once adopted, these criteria would also be disseminated to all human resource professionals working in the public transit recruitment arena.</font></div>


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  • Status: Proposed
  • Funding: $250000.00
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project F-15

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Federal Transit Administration

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590

    Transit Cooperative Research Program

    Transportation Research Board
    500 Fifth Street, NW
    Washington, DC    20001
  • Project Managers:

    Chisholm-Smith, Gwen

  • Start Date: 20080402
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 0
  • Source Data: RiP Project 16667

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01460048
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Transportation Research Board
  • Contract Numbers: Project F-15
  • Files: TRB, RiP, USDOT
  • Created Date: Jan 3 2013 1:17PM