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Carolyn Flowers | "Inspirational 100" Alumna


Carolyn Flowers, MBA 1976
Senior Advisor, Federal Transit Administration (U.S Department of Transportation)

Carolyn Flowers

Carolyn Flowers joined the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) as a Senior Advisor to Acting Administrator Therese McMillan Administrator in January 2015. She assists in leading a staff of more than 500 in the Washington, D.C. headquarters office and 10 regional offices throughout the United States, and implementing an annual budget of over $10 billion. Flowers’ decades-long career serving in public transit provides the FTA invaluable insight and guidance for delivering its programs, policies and initiatives.

Prior to joining FTA, Flowers served as Chief Executive Officer/Director of Public Transit for the Charlotte Area Transit System, where she was responsible for countywide bus and rail transit planning and management. She began her career in public transportation with the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (LACMTA) in 1993 and for nineteen years served in many capacities in budget, administration and operations at LACMTA. Her last position at LACMTA was as the Chief Operations Officer with responsibility for managing bus operations and Freeway Service Patrol.

She has served on a number of professional boards, including co-chairing the American Public Transportation Association’s (APTA) Reauthorization Task Force, and has received a number of awards for her commitment to advancing public transportation nationwide. She participated in a 2005 international study project for the National Association of Sciences, sponsored by the Eno Foundation for Transportation Studies, as well as the executive development program sponsored by the Eno Center for Transit Leadership.

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Carolyn Flowers named CEO, Charlotte Area Transit System
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