Keith T. Parker, AICP, is the General Manager and Chief Executive Officer of the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) the nation’s 9th largest transit system which includes heavy rail, bus and paratransit services. MARTA provides nearly 420,000 passenger boardings a day. Parker took the helm of MARTA on December 10, 2012. Under his leadership, the Authority is focused on working with employees, customers, transit stakeholders and the community to provide safe, efficient, and high quality transit services to the Atlanta region.
Parker’s career has included public and private sector experiences in diverse communities around the country, including Virginia, California, Washington State, North Carolina and Texas. Most recently, Parker served as CEO for transit systems in San Antonio (the nation’s 7th largest city) and Charlotte. In both cities, the transit systems utilized public involvement and technological innovations to dramatically improve the overall public transit experience. Under Parker’s leadership, San Antonio and Charlotte transit systems enjoyed some of the highest ridership increases in the country, while maintaining some of the lowest costs. The transit agencies won numerous local, state, and national awards in areas such as safety, maintenance, environmental innovations, and overall excellence. Parker won Texas CEO of the year awards in 2011 and 2012.
Consistently active in civic and charitable organizations, Parker serves on notable national and local Boards of Directors including the Intelligent Transportation Society of America, the Transportation Cooperative Research Program’s Oversight Project Selection Committee (Chair) and the Leadership APTA’s Board of Directors, Downtown Rotary Club of San Antonio, Goodwill Industries and the United Way.
Parker holds a Master of Business Administration from the University of Richmond and a Master of Urban and Regional Planning from Virginia Commonwealth University. He also has a professional certification with the American Institute of Certified Planners.
Parker is married to his college sweetheart, Dawn, and they are the proud parents of two daughters and a son.
Offices reporting to the General Manager:
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Chief Operating Officer
Rich Krisak is a rail transit professional with a career spanning 30 years including six public transit authorities. He has specialized in the planning, design, construction and operations of rail systems. He has experience in streetcar, light rail, heavy rail, commuter rail and freight. He most recently came to MARTA from Austin, Texas, where he was managing both the Austin North Western short line railroad freight operation as well as the new Diesel Multiple Unit light rail system. Rich has the distinction of having worked on the development and operation of every modern rail project in Texas including the highly successful Dallas and Houston projects. He was responsible for planning efforts associated with the Trinity River Express commuter rail system and start up, activation and operations of both the DART and Houston light rail.
Due to his extensive experience, in June 2010, Rich was selected by the U.S. Secretary of Transportation to serve as a member of the Transit Rail Advisory Committee for Safety (TRACS), an advisory committee that will assist the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) with developing national safety standards for rail transit.
Rich grew up in a transit family. His father, relatives and extended family were employed for many years in his hometown of Cleveland, Ohio by the Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority (GCRTA) and its predecessor companies. He started his career as an intern with the GCRTA while attending college at Cleveland State University, where he received his Bachelor's degree in Urban Planning. Immediately upon graduation, he moved to New Jersey where he was employed by the Port Authority of PA/NJ in hands on transportation functions such as Train Operator, Supervisor, Yard Master and Controller. Next, he served in the private sector as a consultant to the Buffalo, NY light rail project where he was responsible for operations planning and start-up.
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Chief Administrative Officer
As the Chief Administrative Officer for the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA), Edward L. Johnson is responsible for assisting Keith T. Parker, General Manager and CEO with the overall administration of MARTA. Specifically, Mr. Johnson directs departments that provide business support services to MARTA.
Prior to MARTA, Mr. Johnson spent 13 years working for the Central Florida Regional Transportation Authority (LYNX). He was hired by LYNX in 2000 as the manager of operations support; promoted to chief of staff, to chief administrative officer and then to general manager in 2011. Mr. Johnson also served as interim Chief Executive Officer during the vacancy of the lead position. Mr. Johnson previously worked for the
Birmingham-Jefferson County Transit Authority and the East Alabama Regional Planning and Development Commission.
Mr. Johnson holds Bachelor of Science and Master of Public Administration/Political Science degrees from Jacksonville State University in Jacksonville, Ala. He also served in the United States Army Reserve, both enlisted and as a commissioned officer.
Mr. Johnson is a native of Birmingham, Ala. and has worked extensively within the community for organizations including the Metro Orlando Economic Development Commission, the Johnson-Hankins Educational Foundation and the Central Florida Urban League. Currently, he sits and/or chairs the American Red Cross of Mid-Florida, University of Central Florida’s School of Public Administration Advisory Board, Orange
Blossom Trail Development Board and the Orlando Tech School Advisory Board. Mr. Johnson was named as one of the Orlando Business Journal’s “40 Under 40,” he graduated from the Leadership Orlando Program and the Eno Transportation Leadership Forum.
Mr. Johnson is joined with Salisha and is the proud father of two little girls.
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Assistant General Manager, Finance/CFO
Gordon Hutchinson, Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA), joined the Authority in April, 2013. As MARTA’s CFO, Mr. Hutchinson is responsible for overseeing MARTA’s revenue collection, cash management, debt service, capital financing, financial reporting, the development of Operating and Capital Budgets, Contracts and Procurement, and Capital Program
Management. He is responsible for the strategic direction and daily management of the Department of Finance.
Prior to joining MARTA, Mr. Hutchinson served as the Acting CFO and Controller for the National Railroad Passenger Corporation (AMTRAK). Prior to his position with AMTRAK, Mr. Hutchinson had extensive experience in both the private sector and
public accounting, including Atlas Air, Lafarge Corporation, Agrium, Inc. and PricewaterhouseCoopers.
Mr. Hutchinson received his Bachelor’s Degree in Commerce – Accounting & Information Systems from University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada. He is a Certified Public Accountant and a Chartered Accountant. Mr. Hutchinson is a native of British Columbia. He is married to Amelia Hutchinson and they have two sons, Ian and Sean.
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Chief of Staff
As the Chief of Staff for the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA), Ms. Eaddy works closely with Keith T. Parker, General Manager and CEO, supervising a variety of projects and initiatives as his principal aide.
She has over 12 years of experience building relationships and expertise in public policy, communications, and strategic planning and implementation.
Prior to MARTA, Ms. Eaddy served as the external affairs manager for the Atlanta Beltline, Inc. In this critical role during Atlanta BeltLine’s start-up phase, Ms. Eaddy developed strategic partnerships throughout the Atlanta community while implementing public policy to advance the Atlanta Beltline; the most comprehensive redevelopment and mobility effort undertaken in the City of Atlanta that will provide a network of transit, trails and parks over a 25-year project life cycle.
Prior to her work at the Atlanta Beltline, Ms. Eaddy built a simultaneous career in public affairs and academia starting in Washington, D.C. Her public affairs career ranged from working on a citywide initiative to transform the District of Columbia government for former Mayor Anthony Williams to serving district-wide constituents for former U.S. Rep. Denise Majette throughout Georgia’s 4th District. Her career in academia ranged from working on a capital campaign with the vice president of university communications at Howard University, to serving as a professor of business communications at Clark Atlanta University for several years.
Ms. Eaddy studied communications at Clark Atlanta University for her Bachelor of Art degree, and studied political communications at Pennsylvania State University for her Master of Art degree.
Ms. Eaddy is a native of Atlanta and has worked over the years extensively within the community for organizations such as the Atlanta Business League, Junior League of Atlanta, Concerned Black Clergy, and the Warren/Holyfield Boys and Girls Club. She is a graduate of programs of the Georgia Academy of Economic Development, Urban Land Institute Atlanta Center for Leadership, and Leadership Atlanta LEAD Program. Ms. Eaddy’s recognitions of her service include the Outstanding Atlanta 2013 Award, the Who’s Who in Black Atlanta distinction and the Forever Family Community Service Award. Ms. Eaddy has been an active in-town resident of the historic Old Fourth Ward community since 2006.
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