AIA|LA City Leaders Breakfast Reception w/ PHIL WASHINGTON
October 28, 2015, 8:00AM - 9:30AM
Gruen Associates - 6330 S San Vicente Blvd # 200, Los Angeles, CA 90048
The 2015 AIA|LA City Leaders Breakfast Series ::
the twelfth annual AIA|LA Breakfast Series

CEO, Los Angeles County Transportation Authority

Wednesday, October 28, 2015 (8:00 - 9:30am)

Gruen Associates - 6330 S San Vicente Blvd # 200, Los Angeles, CA 90048


The 2015 AIA|LA CITY LEADERS BREAKFAST SERIES serves as an opportunity for architects & designers and other community stakeholders to meet directly with key individuals transforming Los Angeles in a roundtable setting to discuss innovative ideas that will ensure a healthy, sustainable and economically competitive future.  

CEO, Los Angeles County Transportation Authority

Phillip A. Washington, formerly of Denver's Regional Transportation District, was unanimously selected CEO of the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) by the Metro Board of Directors on March 12, 2015.

Washington came to Los Angeles at a time when Metro has five major rail, plus highway projects, under construction  together representing the largest modern public works program in the United States.

In his position as Metro CEO, Washington oversees an agency that transports 1.4 million boarding passengers on an average weekday, riding on a fleet of 2,000 clean-air buses and six rail lines. Metro also is the lead transportation planning and programming agency for Los Angeles County. As such, it is a major construction agency that oversees bus, rail, highway and other mobility related building projects.

Washington came to Los Angeles from Denver, where he was Assistant General Manager for nearly ten years, prior to being named CEO in 2009.

In Denver, Washington implemented the FasTracks program, one of the largest voter-approved transit expansion programs in the country. He was responsible for a total agency budget appropriation of $2.8 billion and managed more than $5 billion in active transit expansion projects. Under his management, Denver's West Line Rail was completed under budget and eight months earlier than scheduled and the award-winning Denver Union Station was completed five months ahead of schedule.

Also in Denver, Washington spearheaded implementation of the first-of-its-kind $2.2 billion transit Public-Private Partnership (P3). His emphasis on measuring and managing agency performance led the agency to a nearly 90 percent on-time bus and rail service and 96 percent ADA on-time performance. In 2012, Washington's emphasis on safety training led to a 40 percent decrease in preventable bus accidents.

Originally from the south side of Chicago  the Chicago Housing Projects of Altgeld Gardens  Washington is a 24-year veteran of the United States Army where he held the rank of Command Sergeant Major, the highest non-commissioned officer rank an enlisted person can achieve. He holds a B.A. in Business Administration from Columbia College and an M.A. in Management from Webster University. He is current chair of the American Public Transportation Association.

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