Focus area chairs

In addition to the RTA chair succession roles (chair, chair-elect, past chair), the organization has up to 12 focus area chairs that provide perspective on various organizational priorities. These leaders typically serve from one to three years.


RTA 2024 chair

Jay Irby 
First Citizens Bank


Immediate past chair

Harold Hicks
RTI International

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RTA 2024 Chair-Elect

Sarah Gaskill
FUJIFILM Diosynth Biotechnologies

Focus area chairs


Air Service and Infrastructure

Shaylah Nunn Jones
Novo Nordisk

Frederico Egli-web

Emerging Technology

Frederico Egli

Dana Martinez


Dana Martinez


System Performance

Nate Knuffman
UNC Chapel Hill

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Legislative and Policy

Scott Levitan
Research Triangle Foundation of NC

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Real Estate and Mobility

John Kane
Kane Realty

Stelfanie Williams - Vice President for Durham and Community Affairs

Regional Transit

Stelfanie Williams
Duke University

Alex Culpepper

Commerce and Logistics

Alex Culpepper
The Sunrock Group


Choices and Tradeoffs

Richard Adams

History of RTA Chairs

Current chair: Jay Irby First Citizens Bank
2022–23: Harold Hicks, RTI International
2021–22: Michael Schoenfeld, Duke University
2020–21: Maeve Gardner, GlaxoSmithKline
2019–20: Geoff Lang, MetLife
2017–19: Bruce Sargent, IBM
2015–17: Steve Brechbiel, QuintilesIMS
2013–15: Ed Paradise, Cisco Systems
2011–13: Clymer Cease, Clark Nexsen
2009–11: Rick Weddle, Research Triangle Park
2008-09, 2011: Jim Captain, Credit Suisse
2007–08: Rusine Mitchell-Sinclair
2006–07: Ed Willingham, First Citizens Bank
2005–06: Joe Freddoso, Cisco Systems
2004–05: Peter Anlyan, Capitol Broadcasting Co.
2003–05: Duane Long, Longistics
2003–04: Bill Shore, GlaxoSmithKline
1999–2003: Smedes York, York Properties
1999–2003: Bob Ingram, GlaxoSmithKline

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