LA County Metropolitan Transportation Authority
Phillip A. Washington is the Chief Executive Officer of the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority. As the CEO of Metro, he leads an agency that runs the United States’ third- busiest transit system with nearly 1.3 million boardings every weekday, 2,200 clean air buses, six rail lines covering 98 miles and four additional rail projects in construction.
Phil was instrumental in the 2016 effort to pass Measure M — a half-cent sales tax in L.A. County – that will help build 40 major highway and transit projects over the next 40 years and change the face of Los Angeles County. Measure M is the largest modern public works program in North America that includes new rail and bus rapid transit lines, as well as highway, active transportation, state of good repair and local transportation projects for LA County’s 88 cities.
Prior to joining Metro, Phil was the CEO for the Regional Transportation District in Denver where he implemented the FasTracks program, one of the largest voter-approved transit expansion programs in the country at that time.
Phil had a distinguished career in the military, retiring with 24-years of service in the U.S. Army. He held the rank of command sergeant major, the highest position a non-commissioned officer could receive. Originally from the South Side of Chicago, Phil holds a B.A. in Business Administration from Columbia College, and an M.A. in Management from Webster University.