Director of Transportation
The SFMTA Management Team
In July 2011, Edward D. Reiskin was named the Director of Transportation of the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA).
In this role, Mr. Reiskin oversees the Municipal Railway (Muni), parking, traffic engineering, pedestrian planning, bicycle implementation, accessibility and taxi regulation. Muni is one of the oldest public transit agencies in America and the largest in the Bay Area, currently carrying over 200 million riders per year and 700,000 a day. Mr. Reiskin runs Muni’s historic streetcars, modern light rail vehicles, diesel buses, alternative fuel vehicles, electric trolley coaches and the world famous cable cars. Mr. Reiskin utilizes Muni every single day, bringing the perspective as a customer to his role as leader of the agency.
Mr. Reiskin has the responsibility for over 5,000 employees, a $780 million operating budget, and a $4.8 billion capital budget. He oversees the advancement of the Central Subway Project, the 1.7 mile extension of the Third Street Light Rail line that will provide rail service to the Financial District and Chinatown - the most densely developed areas of San Francisco. Mr. Reiskin will also lead the agency through the Transit Effectiveness Project, a comprehensive review of the Muni system to improve overall performance.
He also oversees key projects such as Clipper Card’s integration into the Muni system. Clipper is the all-in-one transit card that keeps track of any passes, discount tickets, ride books and cash value that can be used on most Bay Area regional transit systems. He also oversees SFpark, which uses new technologies and policies to improve parking in San Francisco, reduces congestion and makes our streets safer.
Mr. Reiskin has more than 20 years of experience in the private, academic, nonprofit, and public sectors. Before joining the SFMTA, he was appointed in 2008 by Mayor Gavin Newsom and then City Administrator Edwin Lee as Director of the Department of Public Works (DPW) for the City and County of San Francisco. He led DPW’s three divisions with more than 1,100 employees, whose responsibilities ranged from engineering, construction management and project delivery to graffiti removal, street cleaning, and public engagement programs.
Alicia John-Baptiste, Chief of Staff, began her career with the City working for the SFMTA and returns to us after many years with the San Francisco Planning Department, where she served in a variety of administrative functions, most recently as the Department’s Chief of Staff. Alicia holds a Masters in Public Policy from Harvard University.
Candace Sue, Communications Director, comes from Pfizer where she earned positions of increasing responsibility in Policy, External Affairs, and Communications. She most recently served as Director of Global Corporate Branding and Integrated Communications. Prior to Pfizer, Candace worked at Warner-Lambert and The Chase Manhattan Bank. Originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, she holds an undergraduate degree from Boston University and an MBA from Columbia Business School.
Vince Harris, Director of Capital Programs & Construction
Sonali Bose, Director of Finance and Information Technology, has held senior level finance positions in the public and private sectors over the last 25 years. The public sector positions include Chief Financial Officer for the Metro Gold Rail Line in Los Angeles, Chief Financial Officer for the Port of Oakland, Director of Finance for the City of Berkeley and Treasurer for the City of Oakland. Her private sector positions include Chief Financial Officer/Administrative Officer for a third party administrator for pension, health and welfare funds, Managing Director and Finance Manager for international consulting firms focusing on infrastructure projects and Vice President of Finance for a merchant bank. In her various roles, Ms. Bose has provided strategic advice to Boards of Directors and senior executives, managed operational functions in large organizations with several business lines and provided oversight of complex multi-year projects.
Ms. Bose has been involved in obtaining various federal, state and local funds for projects and programs and managed various taxable and tax exempt financing. She also has significant experience in securing funding and managing and developing real estate and information technology projects. Ms. Bose has led strategic planning efforts for large public and private organizations, completed business plans, developed long term operating and capital budgets, established policies and procedures and managed cultural and business process change initiatives.
Ms. Bose has business administration and public policy graduate degrees from Harvard University and the University of California, Berkeley. Her undergraduate degree is from the University of California, Berkeley.
Donald Ellison, Director of Human Resources, is an experienced Operations Manager with a focus on Human Resources. As a Human Resources professional, he has over 25 years of generalist and organizational development experience. His expertise includes development of programs and management for all aspects of Human Resources, Labor Relations and personnel practices. Mr. Ellison’s varied experience in operations management covers a wide range of industries from business consulting to District Management for a multi-state insurance company.
Before arriving at the SFMTA, Mr. Ellison served as a Human Resources Manager at AC Transit for nearly 10 years. At AC Transit, his responsibilities included Labor Relations, Employee Services, Staff Development, AA/EEO/Diversity, Alcohol and Drug Compliance and Human Resources Information Systems. Before joining AC Transit, he worked as an HR consultant for three years. Prior to that, Mr. Ellison worked for 20 years with the California State Automobile Association in a variety of positions including Director for Human Resources Business Services.
Mr. Ellison holds an MBA from Golden Gate University, with an undergraduate degree from San Francisco State University. He is certified as a Senior Professional in Human Resources.
Bond Yee, Director of Sustainable Streets, previously was Director of the Department of Traffic and Parking which was combined with the San Francisco Municipal Railway as the new San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency in July 2002 under Proposition E. He has been practicing professionally for 37 years, initially working in the private sector as a transportation engineer with the firm of Parsons, Brinckerhoff, Quade and Douglas (PBQ&D). With PBQ&D, Mr. Yee worked on various transportation and transit projects such as the San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District, Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority, Portland’s starter light rail line, Kansas City Transit Master Plan and Fullerton’s Multimodal Transportation Center facility. He has been with the City since 1982, starting with the Department of Public Works’ Traffic Engineering Bureau and has been with the Department of Parking and Traffic since its inception in 1990.
Melvyn Henry, Director of System Safety
Christiane Hayashi, Director of Taxi & Accessible Services
John J. Haley, Jr., Director of Transit since Feb. 16, 2010, is a nationally recognized leader in the transportation industry with over 30 years of public and private sector experience. He joined the SFMTA from the Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County (METRO) in Houston, where he was the Vice-President of Infrastructure and Service Development. At METRO, Mr. Haley implemented new bus rapid transit and commuter rail services which significantly contributed to improved service reliability and ridership gains. He also directed internal accountability initiatives to improve operational efficiency and advanced Authority-wide plans to improve system safety.
Lea Militello, Director of Security, Investigations, and Enforcement within the Sustainable Streets division, brings with her decades of experience from the San Francisco Police Department
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