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Board Members

Board Members

Board of Directors Meetings

Regular meetings are held the second and fourth Wednesday of the month at 5:00 pm.
(The Board generally holds one meeting per month during the months of August, November and December and Special meetings as necessary.)

Board Contact Information

Board of Directors
Alameda-Contra Costa Transit District
1600 Franklin Street, 10th Floor
Oakland, CA 94612
Fax Number: (510) 891-4705

Board of Directors

Joe Wallace, President, Ward 1

Joe Wallace

Representing: Albany, El Cerrito, Richmond, San Pablo, El Sobrante, Kensington, North Richmond and a portion of Berkeley
Term Expires:  December 2020
Statement of Economic Interests (Form 700):     2015     2016     2017     2018
Email: jwallace@actransit.org
Telephone: (510) 891-7143
Fax: (510) 891-4705

Biography:

Joe Wallace was elected in November 2000 and re-elected in 2004, 2008,  2012 and 2016 to represent Ward 1 and currently serves as President of the Board.  President Wallace, a life-long advocate for and user of public transit,  was instrumental in the creation of AC Transit’s Line 376 service—California’s first specifically-designed “welfare-to-work” bus route.  His active involvement in community affairs has included service on the North Richmond Municipal Advisory Council, the AC Transit Rider Advisory Committee, and prior service as Assembly Member Loni Hancock’s appointed delegate for the California Democratic Assembly.  He also served two terms as President of the AC Transit Board of Directors and is AC Transit’s appointed representative to the West Contra Costa Transportation Advisory Committee.

Elsa Ortiz, Vice President, Ward 3

Elsa Ortiz

Representing: Alameda and portions of Oakland and San Leandro
Term Expires:  December 2022
Statement of Economic Interests (Form 700):     2015     2016     2017     2018
Email: eortiz@actransit.org
Telephone: (510) 891-7211
Fax: (510) 891-4705

Biography:

Elsa Ortiz was elected in November 2006 and is serving her fourth term on the AC Transit Board of Directors representing the City of Alameda and portions of Oakland and San Leandro.

Until her retirement in December 2014, Ms. Ortiz worked as an attorney and policy consultant to former Presidents of the State Senate Don Perata and Darrell Steinberg on issues affecting Indian Nations.  She also served as Chief of Staff and Special Assistant to former California State Treasurer Bill Lockyer during his tenures as State Senator and Attorney General.

Ms. Ortiz earned her Bachelor’s Degree with honors and teaching credentials from the University of California at Berkeley and her Juris Doctor from John F. Kennedy College of Law.  She has served on the Transbay Joint Powers Authority Board of Directors and currently serves on the Alameda County Transportation Commission.

Ms. Ortiz was President of the AC Transit Board of Directors in 2011, 2012, 2017 and 2018, and during her tenure on the Board spearheaded the development and adoption of the District’s Buy American Goods policy, advocated for fiscal reform, and works to make sure buses are a key element in the construction of a Bay Area transportation network for the 21st Century.  She remains committed to providing the best service possible to riders.

Greg Harper, Director, Ward 2

Greg Harper

Representing: Emeryville, Piedmont and portions of Oakland and Berkeley
Term Expires:  December 2020
Statement of Economic Interests (Form 700):     2015     2016     2017     2018
Email: gharper@actransit.org
Telephone: (510) 891-7145
Fax: (510) 891-4705

Biography:

Greg Harper, an Oakland attorney and former Mayor of Emeryville, was elected to the AC Transit Board of Directors in November 2000 and was most recently re-elected in 2016 to represent Ward 2.   Director Harper previously served for 12 years on the Emeryville City Council as well as the Association of Bay Area Governments’ Regional Planning Committee, the Blue Ribbon Task Force for Water Transit in the Bay Area, the Bay Area Air Quality Management District, the Alameda County Housing Authority, and the Transbay Joint Powers Authority. Director Harper earned Bachelor’s Degrees at the University of Illinois in Electrical Engineering and in Economics, and his Juris Doctor Degree from Hastings College of the Law.

Mark Williams, Director, Ward 4

Mark Williams

Representing: Ashland, Castro Valley, Cherryland, San Lorenzo and portions of Hayward and San Leandro
Term Expires:  December 2022
Statement of Economic Interests (Form 700):     2015     2016     2017     2018
Email: mawilliams@actransit.org
Telephone: (510) 891-7154
Fax: (510) 891-4705

Biography:

Mark Williams was first elected to the AC Transit Board of Directors in November 2010 to represent Ward 4 and was re-elected in 2014 and 2018.    Mr. Williams is a life-long user of public transit and is particularly interested in addressing global warming, reducing dependence on fossil fuels, supporting the local economy, and the AC Transit Board’s “Buy America” policy.

In his role as a Director, Mr. Williams is the former chair of the AC Transit Board External Affairs Committee and has previously served on AC Transit’s Bus Rapid Transit Policy Steering Committee, the City of San Leandro’s Redevelopment Successor Agency Oversight Board, the American Public Transportation Association’s Transit Board Members Committee and the Transit Board Members Legislative Subcommittee.

Prior to his election to the AC Transit Board of Directors, Mr. Williams was appointed to serve as a member of the AC Transit Accessibility Advisory Committee and served as Vice Chair of the Committee in 2010.

Director Williams is the youngest official ever elected to the District’s Board of Directors,  is an active member of the National Young Elected Officials Network and works as Communications Coordinator for the Alameda County Assessor’s Office. He holds an Associate’s Degree in Social Science.

Diane Shaw, Director, Ward 5

Doane Shaw

Representing: Fremont, Newark and portions of Hayward
Term Expires:  December 2022
Statement of Economic Interests (Form 700):  2018
Email: dshaw@actransit.org
Telephone: (510) 891-7171
Fax: (510) 891-4705

Biography:

Diane Shaw, a retired Information Technology Manager for the San Mateo County Transit District, was elected to the AC Transit Board of Directors in November 2018 to represent Ward 5.  Director Shaw is a life-long user of public transit, regularly riding the Dumbarton Express bus from Fremont/Newark to San Carlos. She is a member of the American Public Transportation Association and the Fremont Mobility Task Force.  In her spare time, Ms. Shaw volunteers her time, energy and expertise to many organizations serving her local community, including the Fremont Elks Lodge #2121 and the Fremont Family Resource Center Corporation Board of Directors and Citizens Advisory Group among others.  She is also active in Life ElderCare’s Friendly Visitor Program which provides companionship to seniors through weekly visits, phone calls and outings. Ms. Shaw received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Business and Computer Science from Minnesota State University, Mankato and brings to her new role on the Board a wealth of knowledge in the transportation field and public service.

H. E. Christian Peeples, Director

H. E. Chritian Peeples

Representing:  District At-Large
Term Expires:  December 2020
Statement of Economic Interests (Form 700):     2015     2016     2017     2018
Email: cpeeples@actransit.org
Telephone: (510) 891-7151
Fax: (510) 891-4705

Biography:

H. E. Christian Peeples was appointed by the AC Transit Board of Directors in November 1997 to fill one of the District’s two At Large positions and was elected in 1998 and re-elected in 2000, 2004, 2008 and 2012.  Director Peeples, a long time advocate for public transit, and AC Transit bus service in particular, has been actively involved in the AC Bus Riders Union, Alliance for AC Transit, Regional Alliance for Transit, Alliance for Sensible Transit, Coalition for A One Stop Terminal, and many other transit groups. He is also active in local community affairs, having served on the Oakland Ethics Commission and community and political bodies.  In addition, he is active in the meetings of the Transportation Research Board (“TRB”), the branch of the National Academies involved in transportation research, and the American Public Transportation Association (“APTA”), transit’s national association. He is a strong supporter of AC Transit’s zero emission fuel cell bus program.  Director Peeples is a graduate of Crown College, University of California at Santa Cruz and Hastings College of the Law.

Joel B. Young, Director

Joel B Young

Representing:  District At-Large
Term Expires:  December 2022
Statement of Economic Interests (Form 700):     2015     2016     2017     2018
Email: jyoung@actransit.org
Telephone: (510) 891-7146
Fax: (510) 891-4705

Biography:

Joel Young, an East Bay attorney, was appointed by the AC Transit Board of Directors in February 2009 to fill one of the District’s two At Large positions, he was elected by the voters in 2010 and re-elected to serve another term in 2014.  Prior to this leadership role, he worked on two local campaigns and practiced securities law. Director Young earned his Bachelors Degree from the University of California at Berkeley and his Juris Doctor from the U.C. Berkeley School of Law.

Officers of the Board

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Michael A. HurshGeneral Manager(510) 891-4793
Jill A. SpragueGeneral Counsel(510) 891-4816
Linda A. NemeroffDistrict Secretary(510) 891-7284

Standing Committees of The Board

Operations Committee
Joel B. Young, Chair
The Operations Committee  shall be responsible for reviewing all activities associated with the operation of the District’s bus service and administrative business functions.  In addition, the Committee shall be responsible for oversight of the Board’s operational and personnel policies.
External Affairs Committee
Elsa Ortiz, Chair
The External Affairs Committee shall be responsible for reviewing all activities associated with promoting the District’s interests primarily through legislation, marketing, customer services, and community outreach.  In addition, the Committee shall be responsible for oversight of the Board’s administrative and legal policies.
Planning Committee Diane Shaw, Chair The Planning Committee shall be responsible for reviewing all planning, construction and engineering activities, including the development of new and modifications to existing bus service provided by the District to its customers.  In addition, the Committee shall be responsible for oversight of the Board’s service development, planning, environmental and Title VI policies.
Finance & Audit Committee
H. E. Christian Peeples, Chair
The Finance and Audit Committee shall be responsible for reviewing issues involving District financial matters primarily the preparation of the operating and capital budgets, mid-year adjustments and review of the audited financial statements.  In addition, the Committee shall be responsible for the oversight of the Board’s fiscal policies.
AC Transit Financing Corporation
Annual December Meeting
The AC Transit Financing Corporation became incorporated under the laws of the State of California on May 6, 1988. The Corporation is a nonprofit public benefit corporation and is organized pursuant to the Nonprofit Public Benefit Corporation Law of the Sate of California for the purpose of rendering financial assistance to the Alameda-Contra Costa Transit District (AC Transit) by financing, refinancing, acquiring, constructing, improving, leasing and selling of buildings, building improvements, equipment and other public improvements, lands and any other real or personal property for benefits of residents of the District and surrounding areas, to promote the common good and welfare of residents of the District and surrounding areas, and to borrow the necessary funds.