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COTA Leadership

Leadership in Service

COTA has a strong leadership team dedicated to improving the quality of our community’s transit system and the lives it touches. The COTA team includes our executive leadership, directors, and board members. At every level, COTA is committed to helping you get where you’re going.

COTA’s Executive Leadership

COTA’s leadership is committed to excellence in serving our stakeholders – customers, employees and taxpayers. We deliver quality transportation services and conduct business courteously, safely, ethically and reliably, demonstrating leadership that is fiscally responsible and environmentally conscientious.

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Joanna M. Pinkerton


About Joanna M. Pinkerton

A licensed professional engineer with a history of implementing solutions to capitalize on Ohio’s rich legacy of transportation, manufacturing and technical resources, Pinkerton joined COTA in April 2018.

She previously served in roles at the state’s top automotive technology institutions – Honda, Ohio State University and Transportation Research Center Inc., where she was chief operating officer. She also served in leadership roles at the Ohio Department of Transportation and in Union County, which is home to the state’s first connected vehicle corridor, the U.S. 33 Smart Mobility Corridor.

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Emille Williams

Deputy CEO

About Emille Williams

Over a career spanning more than 30 years, Emille Williams has developed deep expertise in automotive technology. He joined COTA in 2016 as vice president of operations after more than two decades with Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority in the Philadelphia metro area,  the country’s fifth-largest transit agency overall. From October 2017 to April 2018, he served as Interim President and Chief Executive Officer at COTA. He holds a Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering from Drexel University and a Master of Business Administration in finance from La Salle University.

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Matthew Allison

Chief of Transit Operations

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Terry Foegler

Chief Development Officer

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Patrick Harris

Assistant Vice President of Government Affairs/Corporate Communications

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Monica Jones

Chief of Equity, Diversity & Inclusion

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Sophia Mohr

Chief Innovation Officer

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Sindy Mondesir

Chief People Officer

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Angel Mumma

Chief Financial Officer

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Christina Wendell

Chief Legal/General Counsel

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Dr. Alexis Yamokoski

Chief Marketing and Experience Officer