The Missouri Public Transit Association (MPTA) has elected Frank White III, the CEO of the Kansas City Area Transportation Authority (KCATA), to its Board of Directors. He will serve a two-year term.

At the helm of the KCATA, White works to add transparency to operations, as well as a deeper integration of data and analytics. He has been credited with seeking out and engaging experts in mobility, land use, transit data and economic activity to drive innovation across the agency. Since being hired as the interim CEO, KCATA credits White with rapidly improving service reliability, staffing up in critical operations areas and rebuilding regional relationships. Before becoming CEO, White served as the vice president of development with RideKC Development Corporation. There, he worked with civic, community and business leaders to  expand transit-oriented developments, increase job access, and implement housing and public policy initiatives in the Kansas City region.

White has a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Kansas. He is very active in his community and serves on various nonprofit boards. He is an alumnus of the Eno Transit Senior Executive Program Class of 2019, a Fall 2019 Graduate of the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce Centurions Leadership Program and an alumnus of the Missouri Chamber of Commerce Leadership Missouri Program Class of 2021.

“We are thrilled to welcome Frank to our Board of Directors,” said Kimberly Cella, executive director of the Missouri Public Transit Association. “His background, knowledge and desire for a robust public transportation system in Missouri will greatly support the organization in its ongoing efforts to promote transit access and services across the state.”