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.
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.
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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