New Members Join METRO Board of Directors

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Release Date:       May 28, 2015

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METRO Announces Three New Members to Board of Directors

The Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County (METRO) is pleased to announce the appointment of three new members to its Board of Directors: Don Elder, Sanjay Ramabhadran and Barron Wallace.

New Board members sworn in

Sanjay Ramabhadran has 20 years of progressive experience in infrastructure, environmental management and community engagement. He is vice-president of CP&Y, a Texas based infrastructure and environmental consulting company.  Ramabhadran has served on a number of nonprofit boards including Leadership Houston, Texas Lyceum and Rice University’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research. A graduate of BITS-Pilani, India, he earned his master's degree in environmental engineering from Texas A&M University. Ramabhadran replaces METRO Vice Chairman Allen Watson. 

Barron Wallace is a partner with Bracewell & Giuliani and co-chairs its public finance section. He has experience with municipal finance, urban infrastructure and redevelopment, and structuring public/private joint ventures. His civic affiliations include Center for Houston’s Future, American Leadership Forum, and the Discovery Green-Downtown Park Corporation. Barron is a graduate University of Texas at Austin. He earned his Juris-Doctor at University of Michigan Ann Arbor School of Law. Wallace replaces METRO Board member Judge Dwight Jefferson.

Ramabhadran and Wallace were sworn in Thursday, May 28.

Mayor Don Elder

Don Elder, former mayor of Katy, was sworn in April 23. He is owner of Elder Consulting where he works with school and governmental entities. Elder’s civic background includes service on the Talent Committee of the Economic Development Board and the Development Board for Houston Community College. He graduated from Katy High School and attended Sam Houston State University where he received a Bachelor of Science and Master of Education degrees. Elder replaced former METRO Board member Burt Ballanfant.

METRO’s  Board of Directors has nine members. Five are nominated by the mayor of Houston and confirmed by Houston City Council. Two are appointed by the mayors of METRO's 14 multi-cities. Two are appointed by the Harris County Commissioners Court. Ramabhadran and Wallace are City of Houston appointees, and Mayor Elder is a multi-cities appointee.

Board meetings are held each month in the Lee P. Brown METRO Administration Building, 1900 Main St., second floor.