Alexandra Holt - Director

Alexandra Holt

Alexandra Holt began serving on the RTA Board representing the City of Chicago in December, 2018. She serves on the Audit and Finance committees.  
Director Holt is currently the Executive Vice President for Finance and Administration at the Art Institute of Chicago. Previously, she served as the City of Chicago’s Budget Director from May 2011 through July 2017.  She oversaw development and management of a $9.8 billion operating budget, the City’s multi-year $400 million capital budget, and $1.5 billion grants program. Prior to her appointment as Budget Director, Ms. Holt was a lawyer at the firm of Baker McKenzie where she specialized in real estate, finance, and infrastructure transactions.
Prior to her time at Baker McKenzie, she served in various capacities in the Mayor’s Office and the Office of Budget and Management, overseeing citywide cost containment and revenue enhancement initiatives. She began her career at the Department of Environment where she managed Chicago’s inspection and enforcement programs of municipal, federal, and state air quality and waste handling statutes.   

From 2011 to 2017, she was a board member of the Chicago Development Fund, a trustee of the Chicago Labor Management Cooperation Committee, and a member of the Deferred Compensation Committee, which oversees the City’s $3 billion employee deferred compensation plan.  She recently served on the Metra Board of Directors, the northern Illinois commuter rail service, and on the board of the Chicago Environmental Fund.

She received a Juris Doctorate and Masters of Public Policy from the University of Chicago and earned a Bachelor’s Degree at the University of Texas at Austin.