Media Statement - Executive Search & Board Changes

BOSTON, November 19, 2018 — At a recent meeting, the TransitMatters Board voted to take steps to position the organization for growth and maturation.  TransitMatters has seen its work and membership grow, particularly following publication of our ground-breaking Regional Rail report earlier this year and our successful collaboration with the MBTA, city of Boston and others to inaugurate the ongoing Early Morning and Overnight T bus services.  In order to ensure the ongoing strength and stability of the organization, the TransitMatters Board has sought and received funding to support hiring its first paid position – a Chief Operations Officer/Development Director.  The position was posted this week at transitmatters.org/careers

Acting President Josh Fairchild said “We hope that hiring a Chief Operations Officer and Development Director will enable us to bring additional structure to our work, and enhance our ability to be effective while expanding, empowering and encouraging what will continue to be a mainly volunteer member network that can identify and have the capacity to take on additional areas of focus.”

TransitMatters expects to announce selection of the new COO/DD in early 2019.  “We look forward to 2019 as a time when we can continue to grow our membership, collaborate with our advocacy partners, and make a positive impact on transit, Regional Rail and other forms of sustainable mobility in Metro Boston,” said Fairchild.

In a separate and unrelated development, the TransitMatters Board accepted the resignation of its President and co-founder, Marc Ebuña, who is stepping down to take a position in the private sector.  On behalf of the TransitMatters Board, Acting President Fairchild thanked Marc for his work and leadership on the TransitMatters team.

“Marc’s strong belief in sustainable mobility, and specifically his commitment to transit and mobility equity, helped form our mission and guide our work,” said Fairchild.  “His passion for these issues proved infectious, and TransitMatters has blossomed into an effective, credible organization driven by a talented group of like-minded volunteers.”

“The essential mission that drives our work remains the initial vision of our three co-founders, including myself, Marc, and Jeremy Mendelson: to improve transit in Metro Boston by offering new perspectives and utilizing a high level of critical analysis to advocate for plans and policies that promote convenient, effective, and equitable transportation for everyone.”