Beth Osborne of Transportation for America to Keynote COTA’s 2017 Annual Luncheon
COLUMBUS, OH—COTA’s 2017 Annual Luncheon will take place on Thurs. Aug. 24, 11 a.m.-1
p.m. at the Hyatt Regency Columbus, 350 N. High St. COTA welcomes Beth Osborne, Vice
President for Technical Assistance and Senior Policy Advisor at Transportation for America, as
this year’s keynote speaker.
Few people in the country know as much as Osborne about how communities can get critical,
innovative transportation projects done in the complexities of today’s funding and policy
environment. Osborne is a nationally recognized speaker and go-to resource for the public and
private sector who are looking for creative insight in developing smart, locally-driven
transportation infrastructure projects.
This year’s luncheon theme, “It’s A Journey … Not Just A Ride: Smart Technology Driving Public
Transportation” deepens the conversation about Columbus as a Smart City, the opportunities for
innovation in public transportation, and its potential impact on economic growth and the greater
The Annual Luncheon is COTA’s signature event where community leaders, business partners,
and those passionate about transit come together to hear national trends, local action and future
plans related to public transportation.
About Beth Osborne
Osborne leads Transportation for America’s technical assistance for state and local departments
of transportation and is a senior advisor for Transportation for America. She was previously at the
U.S. Department of Transportation, where she served as the Acting Assistant Secretary for
Transportation Policy and the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Transportation Policy beginning in
2009. At DOT, Osborne managed the TIGER Discretionary Grant program, the Secretary’s
livability initiative, the development of the Administration’s surface transportation authorization
proposal, and the implementation of MAP-21. Before joining DOT, Osborne worked for Sen. Tom
Carper (DE) as an advisor for transportation, trade and labor policy, as the policy director for
Smart Growth America, and as legislative director for environmental policy at the Southern
Governors’ Association. She began her career in Washington, DC, in the House of
Representatives working as a legislative staff member.