Board of Directors

The Board of Directors is a 16-member group of professionals governing the activities and initiatives of the RTA. To assure regional representation, 15 directors are appointed from within the six-county region: five by the Mayor of the City of Chicago; four by the suburban members of the Cook County Board; one by the President of the Cook County Board; and five by the Chairman of each collar county, with one representative each from DuPage, Kane, Lake, McHenry, and Will. The Chairman of the RTA Board, its 16th member, is elected by at least 11 of the 15 appointed members, with at least 2 affirmative votes from the directors who reside in the counties of DuPage, Lake, Will, Kane, or McHenry.

Kirk Dillard - Chairman

Kirk Dillard is the chairman of the Regional Transportation Authority (RTA) Board of Directors. Chairman Dillard and the RTA Board oversee the nation’s second-largest public transportation system, which serves more than eight million residents in Cook, DuPage, Kane, Lake, McHenry and Will counties.

Anthony K. Anderson - Director

Anthony K. Anderson was appointed to the Board of Directors of the Regional Transportation Authority (RTA) in September 2012 representing the City of Chicago. He serves on the Audit and Finance committees.

James Buchanan - Director

James Buchanan was appointed to the Board of Directors of the Regional Transportation Authority (RTA) in September 2007, representing the City of Chicago. He serves as the Vice-Chair of Finance committee and also serves on the Compensation & Human Resources committee. 

William R. Coulson - Director

William R. Coulson was appointed to the Board of Directors of the Regional Transportation Authority (RTA) in December 2006. He represents suburban Cook County and serves as Vice-Chair of the Audit committee and also serves on the Finance committee.

Donald P. DeWitte - Director

Donald P. DeWitte was appointed to the Board of Directors of the Regional Transportation Authority (RTA) in September 2013, representing Kane County. He serves on the Compensation & Human Resources and Planning & Administration committees. 

Patrick J. Durante - Director

Patrick J. Durante was appointed to the Board of Directors of the Regional Transportation Authority (RTA) in 1999, representing DuPage County. He chairs the Audit committee and also serves on the Planning & Administration committee. 

John V. Frega - Director

John V. Frega was appointed to the Board of Directors of the Regional Transportation Authority (RTA) in May 2011. He represents suburban Cook County and serves on the Audit and Planning & Administration committee.

Phil Fuentes - Director

Phil Fuentes was appointed to the Board of Directors of the Regional Transportation Authority (RTA) in May 2008 representing the City of Chicago. He serves as Chair of the Planning & Administration committee and also serves on the Human Resources & Compensation committee.

Ryan S. Higgins - Director

Ryan S. Higgins was appointed to the Board of Directors of the Regional Transportation Authority (RTA) in October 2016 representing suburban Cook County. He serves on the Audit and Planning & Administration committees.

Blake Hobson - Director

Blake Hobson was appointed to the Board of Directors of the Regional Transportation Authority (RTA) in January 2014 representing McHenry County. He serves on the Compensation & Human Resources and Planning & Administration committees.

Michael W. Lewis - Director

Michael W. Lewis was appointed to the Board of Directors of the Regional Transportation Authority (RTA) in December 2013 representing suburban Cook County. He serves on the Audit and Finance committees.

Dwight A. Magalis - Director

Dwight “Ike” Magalis was appointed to the Board of Directors of the Regional Transportation Authority (RTA) in 1999, representing Lake County. He chairs the Finance committee and also serves on the Compensation & Human Resources committee.

Christopher C. Melvin, Jr. - Director

Christopher C. Melvin, Jr. was appointed to the Board of Directors of the Regional Transportation Authority (RTA) in September 2012 representing the City of Chicago. He serves on the Finance and Compensation & Human Resources Committees.

Sarah Pang - Director

Sarah Pang was appointed to the Board of Directors of the Regional Transportation Authority (RTA) in February 2013, representing the City of Chicago. She serves on the Audit and Planning & Administration committees.

J.D. Ross - Director

J. D. Ross was appointed to the Board of Directors of the Regional Transportation Authority (RTA) in April 2008, representing Will County. He serves on the Audit Committee and is the Vice-Chair of Planning & Administration Committee.

Douglas M. Troiani - Director

Douglas M. Troiani was appointed to the Board of Directors of the Regional Transportation Authority (RTA) in 1995, representing suburban Cook County. He chairs the Compensation & Human Resources committee and also serves on the Finance committee.