MARTA's Parker Adds New Members to Executive Leadership Team

Jeffrey Parker, Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority's (MARTA) general manager and CEO, has added three members to his C-suite leadership roster: Frank Rucker, chief of capital programs, expansion and innovation; Luz Borrero, chief administrative officer; and David Springstead, chief rail operations.

“My goal has always been to be purposeful about building a leadership team with the right experience to improve operations and expand MARTA’s footprint,” stated Parker. “Ultimately, everyone in our organization must be fully committed to improving the overall customer experience and we now have the right people in place working with me to accomplish that.” 

Rucker, a professional engineer with almost 40 years of experience, worked on the multi-billion dollar capital improvement program at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.

Borrero served as deputy chief operating officer for DeKalb County and the City of Atlanta, two of MARTA’s most densely populated service areas. Borrero also has experience in financial and executive management.

Springstead will transition from head of capital programs at the agency to overseeing the daily operation and maintenance of MARTA’s heavy and light rail systems. He has worked at MARTA for more than 20 years.

Wanda Y. Dunham, MARTA chief of system safety, security, and emergency management/police was also recently elevated to the executive team.

MARTA’s external affairs staff has been realigned to focus on existing regional partners while managing outreach efforts related to future system expansion. Recent hirings include: Melissa Mullinax as chief of staff, leading the departments of external affairs and transit-oriented development (TOD); Virgil Fludd as assistant general manager external affairs; Colleen Kiernan as senior director of government and community affairs; and Jacob Valloas, as senior director of TOD and real estate.