Keolis has appointed Erika Mazza as Vice President of Keolis Operations for the western region of North America.
Mazza brings more than two decades of planning and operational management experience with an emphasis on economic development, urban planning, affordable housing and transit to this role, where she will be responsible for leading the company’s operations across various modes in western North America.
Prior to joining Keolis, Mazza served as Mountain Line’s CEO and General Manager, overseeing all aspects of the transit agency in Flagstaff, Ariz. She led and directed all business activities to ensure the organization provided safe, on-time service and oversaw 125 employees and a total transit budget of $43 million. She previously served as Mountain Line’s Deputy General Manager. Prior to joining Mountain Line in 2011, Mazza was the Human Services Planning Director in Boulder, Colo., where she led efforts to enhance mobility opportunities for low-income households.
Mazza also serves on the APTA Board of Directors and the Transit Cooperative Research Program’s Oversight and Project Selection Committee. She is a graduate of the American Public Transportation Association’s Leadership Program and serves as Vice-Chair for the Legislative Committee. She’s active in her local community, where she serves on the Northern Arizona Leadership Alliance and the Downtown Business Alliance Board of Directors.
“Erika’s track record in safety, creating partnerships, increasing ridership and fostering a dynamic organizational culture as well as her unique experience in the regulatory landscape of public transportation make her the ideal fit for this role,” said Keolis President and CEO of U.S. Bus Operations Aline Frantzen. “Erika’s skill set, expertise and ‘passenger-first’ mindset will be instrumental as we continue to build a team to expand the role of public transportation nationwide to create more livable and sustainable cities.”
“I am thrilled to be joining an organization with such an impressive global track record and forward-thinking aspirations,” said Mazza. “I look forward to working with our partners, cities, community organizations and agencies to help evolve their business models, develop new modes of transportation and, most importantly, respond to their riders’—and non-riders’—demands and expectations.”