COTA’s Board of Trustees
COTA’s Board of Trustees is the governing body of COTA and is responsible for overseeing COTA as established by the Ohio Revised Code 306.30 to 306.50.
In exercising its fiduciary responsibilities, board members have three primary obligations:
- Duty of Care—Board members shall perform their duties with the care that an ordinary prudent person in a like position would use under similar circumstances.
- Duty of Good Faith—Board members shall take the necessary actions to be informed and exercise appropriate judgment.
- Duty of Loyalty—Board members shall perform their duties in a manner the Board Member reasonably believes to be in, or not opposed to, the best interest of COTA.
Additionally, board members should:
- Provide a clear vision for COTA’s future.
- Provide oversight of COTA’s operations.
- Work effectively with other board members, leadership and the president/CEO.
- Be an advocate for COTA’s vision, mission, values and COTA’s long-range transit plan.
There are two members appointed by Franklin County, seven members appointed by Columbus, and four members appointed by various suburbs. Members are appointed for three-year terms.
- As provided for in the COTA Charter, an Advisory Panel was established to advise COTA management in the development and implementation of public transit in central Ohio.
- One member appointed by the Franklin County Commissioners.
- One member appointed by the Mayor or other chief executive officer of each municipal corporation participating in the creation of COTA.
- At-large members may be appointed by the President/CEO with the consent of the Board of Trustees or as provided in Resolution No. 2011-20 and procedures adopted consistent therewith.
- Each member appointed to the Advisory Panel shall be a resident and have a familiarity with public transit needs in central Ohio.
- The Advisory Panel shall meet quarterly and be used by COTA management as a resource in making decisions on public transit and, as appropriate, incorporate advice from the Panel into programs presented to the Board.
Mobility Management Advisory Board
The Mobility Management Advisory Board (MMAB) assists COTA in developing innovative, viable transportation solutions for underserved individuals and businesses. Members are representatives from stakeholder organizations across central Ohio who provide direct services or advocate for underserved individuals and businesses.
Board of Trustees
|Trustee||Title||Appointing Authority||Year of Appointment||Term Expiration||Employment|
|Craig Treneff||Chair||Franklin County Commissioners||2020||March 30, 2023||Attorney at Law, Treneff Cozza Law, LLC|
|Marlon Moore||Vice Chair||City of Columbus||2019||April 1, 2022||SVP, Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer, Huntington National Bank|
|Trudy A. Bartley||Trustee||City of Columbus||2018||April 1, 2021||Associate Vice President, Local Government & Community Relations, The Ohio State University|
|Cathy DeRosa||Trustee||City of Dublin||2018||April 1, 2021||Dublin City Council Member|
|Jennifer Gallagher||Trustee||City of Columbus||2020||March 31, 2023||Director, City of Columbus Department of Public Service|
|Steven D. Gladman||Trustee||City of Grandview Heights||2019||April 1, 2022||City of Grandview Heights City Council Member|
|Thomas Grote||Trustee||City of Gahanna||2018||April 1, 2021||Co-Partner, Grote & Turner|
|Amy M. Landino||Trustee||City of Columbus||2019||April 1, 2022||President, Vlog Boss Studios|
|Timothy Skinner||Trustee||City of Columbus||2018||April 1, 2021||Business Agent, Sprinklerfitter Local Union 669, District 33|
|Julie Sloat||Trustee||City of Columbus||2020||March 31, 2023||Senior Vice President, Treasury & Risk, AEP|
|Kumi Walker||Trustee||City of Bexley||2019||April 1, 2022||Chief Business Development and Strategy Officer, Root Insurance|
|Vacant||Trustee||Franklin County Commissioners||March 30, 2023|