Executive Team

Art Leahy

Chief Executive Officer
Southern California Regional Rail Authority

Art Leahy was appointed as Metrolink’s Chief Executive Officer and began in April 2015. He brings more than 40 years of public transportation leadership and experience to Metrolink.

One of the nation’s leading transit officials, Art Leahy served as chief executive officer of the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) for six years. During that time, he guided implementation of one of the largest public works programs in United States history, securing billions in federal and state dollars to help finance construction of dozens of transit and highway projects.

He led the completion of numerous projects funded by Los Angeles County’s Measure R. Metro has transit and highway projects valued at more than $14 billion, eclipsing that of any other transportation agency in the nation.

This includes an unprecedented five new rail projects under construction, including phase 2 of the Expo Line extension to Santa Monica and the Metro Gold Line Foothill Extension to Azusa, as well as the Crenshaw/LAX Transit Project, the Regional Connector in downtown Los Angeles, and the first phase of the Westside Purple Line subway extension to Wilshire and La Cienega. Leahy also launched a $1.2-billion overhaul of the Metro Blue Line and guided the purchase of a new fleet of rail cars. And he helped transform the iconic Union Station into the hub of the region’s expanding bus and rail transit network and led the agency’s acquisition of the 75-year-old iconic facility.

Though Metrolink is a separate transportation agency from Metro, the two agencies work collaboratively on multiple fronts to provide effective and efficient public transportation options for people throughout the region. For example, Metrolink and Metro worked together closely to ensure that Metrolink riders would continue to transfer seamlessly to all Metro subway, light rail and bus lines following implementation of the Metro TAP initiative.

Metrolink offers connections to nearly 30 other public transportation providers throughout Southern California at no additional cost. Other Metrolink transportation connections include the Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA) bus system, Riverside Transit Agency (RTA), Omnitrans in San Bernardino County and Ventura Intercity Service Transit Authority (VISTA). In addition, the Rail 2 Rail® program allows Metrolink Monthly Pass holders along the Orange and Ventura County corridors to travel on Amtrak Pacific Surfliner trains within the station pairs of their pass at no additional charge.

Prior to his tenure as Metro CEO, Leahy led OCTA (2001-2009) and served as the general manager of Metro Transit (1997-2001) in Minneapolis-St. Paul.

While at OCTA, Leahy led efforts to secure reauthorization of the $12 billion Measure M sales tax proposal, which gained 70 percent approval from Orange County voters in November 2006. Measure M led to the expansion of the county’s rail and bus systems, along with numerous enhancements of streets, highways, and traffic management systems.

Growing up in Highland Park community in Los Angeles, both of Leahy’s parents worked in transit and he followed in their footsteps. He started as a bus operator for the Southern California Rapid Transit District (SCRTD) in Los Angeles in 1971 and rose through the ranks to become chief operations officer before taking the position in Minneapolis.

Prior to earning a Master of Public Administration degree from the University of Southern California in 1982, Leahy completed a Bachelor of Arts degree from California State University, Los Angeles in Political Science (1974) and certificate in Transportation Management (1973) from University of California, Los Angeles.

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Elissa Konove

Deputy Chief Executive Officer
Southern California Regional Rail Authority

Elissa Konove joined Metrolink in September 2015. As the Deputy CEO, Konove assists the CEO with direction and leadership to Metrolink. She oversees the Authority’s finance, contracts, information technology, human resources, and administrative services departments. She also works with external audiences and stakeholders and is the primary liaison to the Technical Advisory Committee.

Prior to joining Metrolink, Konove served for seven years as the Chief Financial Officer of the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration (FHWA). She was responsible for overseeing Federal highway budget, financial, and acquisition matters, including the agency’s $40 billion annual budget, audit and accounting, grant management, and procurement activities. Konove also served for two years as the FHWA Budget Director, where she led a staff in developing, presenting, and executing the agency’s annual budget.

Before her career at FHWA, Konove spent five years at the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB). While at OMB, she oversaw the formulation and execution of U.S. DOT agency budgets and coordinated surface transportation bill reauthorization and appropriation activities. She also served on a detail assignment to the Senate Budget Committee, where she was responsible for the transportation function during development of and negotiations on the Congressional budget resolution.

Konove earned a master's degree in Public Policy from the University of Southern California, and a bachelor's degree in Political Science from the University of California, Davis.

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Patricia Torres Bruno

Chief of External Affairs
Southern California Regional Rail Authority

As the Chief of External Affairs for Metrolink, Patricia Torres Bruno provides direction and leadership to the Marketing, Communications, Public Affairs, Government Relations, Regulatory Affairs and the Board Secretary/Assistant to the Chief Executive Officer (CEO).

Ms. Torres Bruno is rejoining Metrolink bringing nearly 15 years of public policy, transportation, and government affairs experience with her. Most recently, she worked for Metro as the Chief Policy Officer managing and directing Board relations—overseeing the Board legislative process for the agency. Ms. Torres Bruno also managed communication from the Office of the CEO to the Board of Directors, and advised the CEO and executives on policy and political strategies on matters that crossed functional departments. Previously Ms. Torres Bruno was the Government and Regulatory Affairs Manager for over 3 years at Metrolink, and held the position of Government Relations Administrator, State and Local Affairs, for Metro prior to joining Metrolink.

Patricia Torres Bruno earned her Bachelor’s degree in Criminology/Law and Society from UC Irvine, and her Master’s degree in Public Policy from Claremont Graduate University.

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Gary Lettengarver

Chief Operating Officer
Southern California Regional Rail Authority

Gary Lettengarver began his career in the 1970s on The Penn Central Transportation Company, then known as Conrail, holding various positions in the Transportation Department.  Later working for Amtrak in the Operating Department for 12 years, Lettengarver came to Metrolink for its startup in 1992 and established its Dispatching Office, which he managed for 15 years. 

Lettengarver was promoted to Metrolink's Director of Operations in October 2008 and has been successful in overseeing the Operations and Security divisions, including management of freight contracts and the administration of the $54 million operating budget.  In his 20 years of employment with Metrolink, Lettengarver has had the privilege of working to make Metrolink the expansive system it is today.

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Rod Bailey

Deputy Chief Operating Officer, Dispatch & Operator Services
Southern California Regional Rail Authority

Rod Bailey rejoined Metrolink in April 2016 as the Deputy Chief Operating Officer for Dispatch & Operator Services.

Bailey brings over 25 years of railroad industry experience. Prior to returning to Metrolink, he served as Deputy Project Manager/Test Manager at Parsons, beginning as a Senior Technical Consultant in 2011.

At Metrolink from 1997 to 2010, Bailey began as Chief Train Dispatcher, and was promoted to Superintendent-Dispatching within the Operations division.

Bailey has also served as an Assistant Superintendent-Terminal Operations with Amtrak, and has worked for Mass Electric, City of Los Angeles, and Southern Pacific Railroad.

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Darrell Maxey

Deputy Chief Operating Officer, PTC & Engineering
Southern California Regional Rail Authority

Darrell Maxey was promoted to Deputy Chief Operating Officer for Positive Train Control (PTC) & Engineering in September 2015.

His principal major assignment for the last eight years was to assure that an interoperable Positive Train Control (PTC) system was developed, delivered and placed in service on the Metrolink system. Maxey currently oversees the maintenance, engineering design, and delivery of infrastructure, systems, and projects.

Maxey has 37 years of railroad experience, including 18 years with the Southern Pacific (now Union Pacific Railroad) and nine years with Caltrain in Northern California. In June 2006, he began with Metrolink in Southern California. All of these positions were in Engineering, Construction and Maintenance of railroad infrastructure and systems, accomplishing a wide variety of projects in territories throughout the western United States.

He is recognized for railroad engineering, planning and programming, most notably: Positive Train Control (PTC); integrated train control and communication systems; enhanced grade crossings with Quiet Zones; and infrastructure maintenance and capital improvements on railroads with dense, mixed commuter, freight, and inter-city passenger traffic.

Maxey earned a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of Texas at El Paso, and a Master of Science in Civil Engineering (specializing in Railroad Engineering) from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is a registered Professional Engineer and member of AREMA, ASCE and APTA.

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Edward Pederson

Deputy Chief Operating Officer, System Safety, Security & Compliance
Southern California Regional Rail Authority

Edward Pederson rejoined Metrolink in April 2016 as the Deputy Chief Operating Officer for System Safety, Security & Compliance.

Pederson brings more than 30 years of railroad industry experience from his tenures at Metrolink, Parsons Brinkerhoff, and Amtrak. He has over 20 years’ experience at Metrolink, having previously served as: Joint Facilities Manager; Assistant Director, Operations; Chief Safety & Security Officer; and, Manager, Safety & Security.

Pederson earned a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from California State University, Los Angeles, and a master’s degree in Public Administration and a master’s degree in Political Science, both from California State University, Fullerton.

He holds top-secret security clearance from the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), and is a Certified Safety Professional (CSP).

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Kimberly Yu

Deputy Chief Operating Officer, Planning Project & Delivery
Southern California Regional Rail Authority

Kimberly Yu joined Metrolink in September 2015 as the Deputy Chief Operating Officer for Planning Project & Delivery.

For the past three years, Yu was at the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro), where she had been appointed the Director of Special Projects, the Interim Chief Communications Officer, and most recently, the Deputy Chief Operations Officer.

Yu served three stints with Metro. After earning a master’s degree in Urban Planning from UCLA, she served as a Government Relations Officer at Metro from 2003 until 2006. After a year-long effort as the Economic Development and Planning Director for Los Angeles City Council District 14, Yu returned to Metro for five years as an agency Transportation Planning Manager.

In her time at Metro and with the City of Los Angeles, Yu has managed development projects which included the Sears development on Olympic and Soto, the Metro Gold Line Eastside Extension transit-oriented developments, and the Eastside Transit Corridor Phase 2 Draft Environmental Impact Report/Statement efforts. She has also worked collaboratively with the Federal Transit Administration, Caltrans, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and other public and regulatory agencies.

After earning a Bachelor of Arts from the University of California, Santa Cruz, Yu worked for then-Assemblymember Gil Cedillo and later as a transportation planner for Parsons Brinckerhoff Quade & Douglas, Inc.

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Ronnie Campbell

Chief Financial Officer
Southern California Regional Rail Authority

Ronnie Campbell joined Metrolink in May 2016 as the Chief Financial Officer leading the following departments: General Accounting and Payroll, Budget and Financial Analysis, Grant Administration, Accounts Receivable, and Collections. Campbell brings over 25 years of progressive knowledge and experience in financial management.

Campbell began his career in financial management while working for the San Diego Housing Commission and then the City of Lakewood, where he served as Assistant Director of Administrative Services for over 11 years.

Prior to joining Metrolink, Campbell served as the Director of Finance for the City of Camarillo, in Ventura County. During his tenure he produced six balanced budgets in the midst of the 2010 economic downturn and led the city’s effort in long-term fiscal planning. Under his leadership, the department continued to receive the Government Finance Officers Association's Excellence in Government Finance Award for Financial Reporting and Budgeting, an award they received for 26 years consecutively.

Campbell earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration, Accounting from San Diego State University, and a Master of Science degree in Leadership Management from the University of La Verne.

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Donald O. Del Rio

General Counsel
Southern California Regional Rail Authority

Don Del Rio joined Metrolink in early 2012 as its first in-house General Counsel. He brings over 20 years of legal experience from both private and public corporation as well as public agency environments, which includes San Diego Data Processing Corporation, Security Escrow & Trust, Inc., DVI Financial Services, Inc., and Bell Atlantic Corporation.

Del Rio established a new legal department for Metrolink and provides daily advice and counsel to the CEO, senior staff, and Board of Directors. This includes areas of governance, a wide range of contractual and transactional matters affecting operations and procurement, assisting human resources staff, and litigation management.

He received his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California, Los Angeles, Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Notre Dame, and Juris Doctor degree from the University of California, Davis.

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Patricia (Patty) Francisco

Director, Human Resources
Southern California Regional Rail Authority

Patricia (Patty) Francisco joined Metrolink in June 2014. She is responsible for the overall planning, management and administration of all HR programs while working collaboratively with the Senior Leadership Team, coworkers, other agency partners and members of the public.

Francisco has 25 years of public sector human resources experience. She began her career in Human Resources at the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California (MWD) where she held progressively responsible positions from an HR Assistant to HR Manager. Prior to joining SCRRA, Francisco served as the Director of Human Resources at the CRA/LA, a Designated Local Authority and Successor to the former Community Redevelopment Agency of the City of Los Angeles, where she held that position for 13.5 years.

Francisco earned her bachelor's degree in Public Administration from the University of Southern California, and then went on to earn her master’s degree in Human Resources Design from Claremont Graduate University.

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Kari Holman

Assistant to the CEO/Board Secretary
Southern California Regional Rail Authority

Kari Holman was appointed Assistant to the CEO/Board Secretary in January 2011, and provides support to the Chief Executive Officer, the Executive Leadership team, and Metrolink’s Board of Directors.

Holman joined Metrolink in 2008, and served as the Department Assistant for the Contracts department for three years prior to her promotion. She brings over 25 years of professional experience, including nine years with a construction management company. She is also a notary public.

The Southern Californian native’s introduction to Metrolink was as a passenger, impressed by its service.

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