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Metrolink Hires Ilyssa DeCasperis as its First Chief People Officer

Monday March 29, 2021

Los Angeles – Today, Metrolink announced the appointment of Ilyssa DeCasperis as Chief People Officer of the regional passenger railroad that services six Southern California counties. DeCasperis was selected after a national recruitment.

DeCasperis brings more than 32 years of legal experience and 20 years in HR management to the position, including a deep background in healthcare. As Metrolink’s Chief People Officer, DeCasperis will lead strategies and processes to build and retain team members and will serve as the agency’s Equal Employment Opportunity Officer.

“We are excited to welcome Ilyssa to the team as she brings a fresh perspective to address the changing workplace as our region emerges from the coronavirus lockdowns,” said Metrolink CEO Stephanie Wiggins. “Her skill and perspective will contribute greatly to the growth of our organization and help continue to develop our most treasured asset: our employees.”

She recently held the position of Vice President of Human Resources at Doctors Hospital in Riverside, where among other responsibilities, she developed and implemented employee experience strategies. Prior to that, she spent two years at New York City MTA in labor relations.

“I am excited to join an organization truly committed to upholding a standard of excellence for employees and customers,” DeCasperis said. “I look forward to aligning with the business strategy and goals of the agency and helping build out key areas for strategic growth including talent acquisition, performance management, and learning and development, with an eye toward diversity and inclusion."

In addition to her transportation experience, DeCasperis also represented medical schools, healthcare facilities and school districts as a labor negotiator. 


Metrolink is Southern California's regional passenger rail service enabling people to connect to their jobs and explore all that the region has to offer. Every year, Metrolink has nearly 12 million boardings from people who choose to ride the train to avoid gridlock, removing an estimated 9.3 million vehicles from the roads and reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 130,000 metric tons. Metrolink is the largest commuter rail agency in California and the third largest in the United States operating seven lines along a 538-mile network that travels across Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino and Ventura counties.