DART Executive Staff BiographiesNadine S. Lee
President & Chief Executive Officer
Previously, Nadine was the Chief of Staff for Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro). In this role, Nadine drove coordination and delivery of projects, programs, and services across the organization to provide a world-class transportation system for the citizens of Los Angeles County. Three foundational culture-transformation functions were established under her leadership: Equity and Race, Customer Experience, and the Better Bus Program. She also served as Deputy Chief Innovation Officer in Metro's Office of Extraordinary Innovation where she led the development of Vision 2028, Metro's 10-year strategic plan to increase prosperity for L.A. County through improved mobility.
Prior to arriving in Los Angeles, Nadine led the development and implementation of the Flatiron Flyer Bus Rapid Transit for Denver’s Regional Transportation District (RTD), a project that produced a 40% increase in corridor ridership in its first few months of service. Nadine also led the Northwest Rail and Commuter Rail Maintenance Facility projects in the FasTracks Program.
Nadine was appointed to the Leadership APTA Committee in 2019 and is a past Director on the WTS International Board. She was awarded 2019 WTS International Woman of the Year. Nadine participated in the 2019 APTA International Study Mission to explore Mobility-as-a-Service (MaaS) in three European cities. She also studied the role of performance management in improving service delivery in four Southeast Asia cities as part of the TCRP International Transit Studies Program. A registered Professional Engineer in Colorado and Kansas, Nadine received her B.S. in Civil Engineering from the University of Missouri-Columbia.
Despite her engineering training, Nadine flexes her creative muscles in Adult Beginning Ballet several times a week and has participated in several performances.
President & Chief Executive Officer, Dallas Area Rapid Transit: 2021-present
Chief of Staff, Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority: 2018-2021
Deputy Executive Officer, Innovation Office, Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority: 2015-2018
Project Manager, FasTracks, Regional Transportation District: 2006-2015
Senior Project Engineer, URS Corporation: 2000-2006
Project Engineer, Korve Engineering: 1998-2000
Engineer II, I, Highway Design, HNTB Corporation: 1992-1998
Professional Engineer - Colorado (#34474), Kansas (#14650)
Awards and Professional Affiliations
UITP Global Public Transport Summit Programme Committee (present)
Transit Equity Project Advisory Committee – TransitCenter and Center for Neighborhood Technology (2020)
Leadership APTA Committee (2019-present)
FTA Transit Research Advisory Committee (2018-2019)
WTS-International Woman of the Year (2019)
WTS-Los Angeles Woman of the Year (2018)
Leadership APTA (2015)
Multi-Agency Exchange Program (2014)
RTD Leadership Academy (2012)
WTS International Board, Director (2010-2014)
WTS International Member of the Year (2010)
TCRP International Transit Studies Program (Spring 2009)
Downtown Denver Partnership Emerging Leaders Program (2005)