Stephanie Wiggins named first woman to lead LA Metro

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said Stephanie is "the perfect candidate to carry Metro into its next chapter"

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Wiggins Stephanie Wiggins is the first woman appointed to lead the LA Metro. (Photo Credit: Metrolink)

Stephanie Wiggins has been appointed as the new Chief Executive Officer of the Los Angeles Metropolitan Transportation Authority. 

With the appointment, she is the first woman and first Black woman to serve in the role. 

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said no one is better prepared than Wiggins. 

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“Metro is in the midst of a generational transformation that will mean more jobs for local workers, more growth for our economy, and more ways for Angelenos to move around our region — and nobody is better prepared to carry the torch of progress than Stephanie Wiggins. Stephanie’s career makes her ideally suited to lead this agency at this moment: she’s experienced, determined, committed to equity, and steeped in L.A.’s transportation history, and she is the perfect candidate to carry Metro into its next chapter,” Garcetti said.

As the new Metro CEO, Wiggins will be responsible for managing a budget of nearly $7 billion, oversee up to $20 billion in capital construction projects, and oversee about 11,000 employees, The Source reported. 

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Wiggins, who previously served as the CEO of Metrolink, has a Master of Business Administration from the University of Southern California’s Marshall School of Business. 

She has received numerous accolades for her success, including the Conference of Minority Transportation Officials’ 2018 Women Who Move the Nation Award and League of Railway Women’s 2020 Railway Woman of the Year award. 

Wiggins said she is honored for the opportunity to serve Los Angeles. 

“I am honored by the opportunity to return to LA Metro as its CEO and am grateful to Mayor Garcetti and the LA Metro Board for the faith they have placed in me for this important role,” she said. “I am thankful to my team at Metrolink for all of our successes together – and those that are still to come throughout this transition and as we work together in the future.” 

She will replace outgoing CEO Phil Washington in May.