Stephanie Wiggins appointed as CEO of L.A. Metro, making her 1st woman to head the agency

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Stephanie Wiggins tours the interior of Metro’s first zero-emissions, all-electric bus in 2015. (Los Angeles Times)

Stephanie Wiggins tours the interior of Metro’s first zero-emissions, all-electric bus in 2015. (Los Angeles Times)

Stephanie Wiggins was unanimously approved Thursday to be Metro’s next chief executive officer, making her the first woman to head the agency.

Wiggins, the CEO of Metrolink, will succeed Chief Executive Phil Washington, who announced Feb. 3 that he was stepping down after a six-year tenure that helped build the framework for an ambitious expansion of the local rail network. Wiggins’ position was affirmed by the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s board of directors.

“L.A. County has great mobility needs that we must develop with goals of achieving better health, opportunity and equity for all of the region’s residents, and I look forward to bringing transformative leadership and collaboration with the region’s transportation authorities to make this vision a reality,” Wiggins said in a statement.

Wiggins is expected to assume the new position in May. She will supervise an agency with 11,000 employees, manage a budget of nearly $7 billion and oversee up to $20 billion in capital construction projects, according to a statement from the mayor’s office.

Read the full story on LATimes.com.

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