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Leadership

Capital Metro is led by an eight-member Board of Directors appointed by various governing entities within the service area. Capital Metro’s president/CEO is responsible for the day-to-day operation of the agency and reports to the Board.

Visit our Board Meeting section to find out about upcoming meetings, and to learn more about how you can get involved.

Current Board Members

David Siebold

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Small Cities representative 

Businessman and Leander City Councilman David Siebold is Capital Metro’s newest board member. The mayors of the smaller cities within Capital Metro’s service area appointed Siebold April 30, 2013. His term will expire in June 2015.

Siebold has served on the Leander City Council since 1999, including a two-year stint as mayor pro tem. He has a particular interest in land use and transportation planning and serves as board member of Envision Central Texas and the Alliance for Public Transportation.

Siebold currently works for the Scotts Miracle-Gro Company. Previously, he owned and operated a coffee shop franchise in Cedar Park, It’s a Grind, and also had a 24-year sales and engineering career in the telecommunications/hardware industry at Molex.

Siebold represents Capital Metro on the board of the Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization.

Siebold is a 17-year resident of Leander, where he lives with his wife, Martha and daughter, Paige.

You can email the Capital Metro Board of Directors at boardofdirectors@capmetro.org. Messages sent to this address are forwarded to all members of the board via Capital Metro staff.

Ann Stafford

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City of Austin citizen representative

Ann Stafford joined the staff of Texas Performing Arts in 2009 where she is the Director of Development.  Her career includes community affairs for two area high tech companies, and work with both non-profits and the City of Austin where she was instrumental in the establishment of the Austin Public Library Foundation. 

 Stafford is a Harwood Foundation Public Innovator with a long history with organizations such as United Way, Envision Central Texas, Meals on Wheels and More and the Austin Empty Bowl Project.  She has been named Outstanding Community Affairs Executive of the Year by the Association of Fundraising Professionals,  a "Local Hero" by Bank of America, and Community Bridge Builder by the Community Action Network Butler Awards. 

A native of Mobile, Alabama, Stafford earned a B.A. in Journalism from Auburn University. Her continuing education includes National Society of Fund Raising Executives, Boston College Center for Corporate Citizenship, and Leadership Austin. Stafford has provided training for the Governor's Conference on Volunteerism, Leadership Austin, Austin Fundraising Professionals, UT Continuing Education, Directors of Volunteers in Austin, RGK Center for Philanthropy, Greenlights for Nonprofit Success, Texas Commission on the Arts, and the South Alabama Community Foundation. 

You can email the Capital Metro Board of Directors at boardofdirectors@capmetro.org. Messages sent to this address are forwarded to all members of the board via Capital Metro staff.  

  

  

Norm Chafetz

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Williamson County representative 

Norm Chafetz is a business development consultant with over seventeen years of experience in the planning, design and financing of transportation and intermodal projects.

The Williamson County Commissioners Court appointed Chafetz to the Capital Metro Board of Directors in December 2009. He has previous experience with Capital Metro working for the agency when it was first created in 1985. He served as the Director of Government Relations for two years. He also has additional transit industry experience having worked for Houston Metro, the Federal Transit Administration, the Arizona Transit Association and the Northeastern Illinois Planning Commission.

Chafetz is no stranger to public service. As a longtime resident of the Anderson Mill neighborhood of Austin, he has served on the Anderson Mill Municipal Utility District Board and as president of the Anderson Mill Neighborhood Association, in addition to his service within many professional organizations. He has also served on the board of the Paramount Theater.

Chafetz was born and raised in Chicago. He earned a Bachelor's degree in Political Science from Southern Illinois University and studied Public Administration in the graduate program at Roosevelt University.

You can email the Capital Metro Board of Directors at boardofdirectors@capmetro.org. Messages sent to this address are forwarded to all members of the board via Capital Metro staff.

Frank Fernandez

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CAMPO finance representative  

Frank Fernandez brings to the Capital Metro Board a vast amount of finance knowledge and experience. Currently, he is the Executive Director of Green Doors, a non-profit devoted to preventing and ending homelessness and poverty housing in Central Texas.  

Prior to joining Green Doors, Frank served as Deputy Director for PeopleFund, a community development financial institution. Frank is very active in advocating for affordable housing and folks who have struggled with homelessness. Co-founder of the housing advocacy organization, HousingWorks, he served as Chair of the affordable housing bond campaign that successfully advocated for the passage of the $55 million City of Austin affordable housing bonds in November 2006. He co-chaired the City of Austin's Affordable Housing Incentives Taskforce from summer 2006 through spring 2007.  

Currently, Frank serves as the Chair of the Texas Supportive Housing Coalition, a statewide coalition of supportive housing providers, and Chair of the Austin CHDO Roundtable, the local non-profit housing coalition. He also serves on the Executive Committees of ECHO, Austin's local homeless coalition, and HousingWorks.  

Prior to moving to Austin, Frank worked on Wall Street for several years as a financial analyst for Salomon Smith Barney providing technical and quantitative support to municipalities and states across the nation, including the State of Connecticut and the City of Detroit. He holds a B.A. in Philosophy from Harvard University and an M.P.A. from the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas. 

You can email the Capital Metro Board of Directors at boardofdirectors@capmetro.org. Messages sent to this address are forwarded to all members of the board via Capital Metro staff. 

 

Chris Riley

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City of Austin elected offical representative 

Chris Riley was born and raised in Austin, the son of Peter and Eva Riley. He attended Austin High School and served as a Congressional Page for Congressman J. J. "Jake" Pickle before attending Harvard College, where he graduated with honors in Economics, and the University of Texas School of Law. In 1990 he passed the bar and moved downtown. He then worked as an attorney at the Texas Supreme Court for five years before entering private practice with Shields & Rusk, P. C., later known as the Rusk Law Firm. 

Chris has been serving the community for many years. He co-founded the Downtown Austin Neighborhood Association in 1997, and served as its president for five years. He was then appointed to Austin¿s Planning Commission and served on it for six years, including two years as its chair. He has also served on numerous other city boards and task forces, including the Downtown Commission (1999-2007), the Water Conservation Task Force (2006-07), and the Street Smarts Task Force (2007). 

Chris has also been involved with a number of local non-profits. As a board member of the Austin Parks Foundation, Chris helped bring the giant chess set to Wooldridge Park, where it has seen action most Saturdays for the past six years. Chris also co-founded Austin Carshare and the Alliance for Public Transportation, and served as president of the Austin History Center Association for two years. 

Chris lives in a historic 1890 home, which he restored in 2002-03 as a fourplex. An avid bicyclist, Chris no longer owns a car. He enjoys movies at the Alamo with his partner of eleven years, Denise Brady, a lawyer and coordinator of early childhood programs for the State of Texas. 

You can email Board Member at Chris.riley@ci.austin.tx.us.  

 

Beverly Silas

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Travis County citizen representative 

Beverly Sue Jenkins Silas was born in Houston, Texas. After completing her work at Kashmere Gardens High School, Houston, Texas she entered Huston-Tillotson University in Austin where she received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Public Management. Silas retired in 2000 as Director of External Affairs with AT&T after more than 31 years of service. Beverly was elected to the Austin Community College Board of Trustees in May 1998 and served through June 2004. From December 2001 through May 2004, as the founding Executive Director, Silas led the daily administration of the Envision Central Texas project and worked closely with the 70+ member board of directors to ensure the visioning process drew input from every part of the regional five-county community. Her experience as a board member and volunteer led to induction into the Connie Yerwood Connor Hall of Fame in connection with a 2002 Award of Merit from the National Women of Achievement.  

Silas served as a board member of the Austin Area Urban League and the Libraries of the Future Task Force. Her current and recent activities are as varied as: Leadership Texas; Leadership Austin; Chair of the Downtown Austin Alliance Board of Directors; Texas State Chair of the Association of Community College Trustees; Austin Community Foundation Board of Governors; Chair of the City of Austin 2006 Bond Oversight Committee; Mary Lee Foundation Board of Directors; Austin Public Education Foundation Board of Directors; Texas Methodist Foundation Board of Directors, and numerous other community service commitments. Beverly is also past National President of Community NETWORK, an organization to bring together African-American employees of AT&T.  

Silas holds a Master of Public Affairs degree from the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin. Beverly is currently employed as the president and chief executive officer of Beverly Silas & Associates, a privately owned public involvement/public affairs consulting firm headquartered in Austin, Texas. 

You can email the Capital Metro Board of Directors at boardofdirectors@capmetro.org. Messages sent to this address are forwarded to all members of the board via Capital Metro staff. 

 

John Langmore

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CAMPO executive management representative 

As a transportation and land use consultant, John Langmore has assisted in the financing of numerous roadway projects, worked on the largest pending rail relocation in Texas and has been an integral team member on successful bids on some of the country's largest infrastructure projects. He played a principal role in formulating and drafting one of the most comprehensive transportation bills passed in the state of Texas. House Bill 3588 completely altered the landscape for transportation projects by including legislation for regional mobility authorities, comprehensive development agreements, pass-through financing and a variety of new funding methods for transportation projects including funding the Texas Mobility Fund.  

Prior to returning to Texas, Langmore served as an executive for the world's largest manufacturer of earth-moving equipment and industrial engines. He worked in a number of capacities for Caterpillar including legal counsel for Solar Turbines, Caterpillar Financial Services Corporation and Caterpillar Asia. He also managed all of Caterpillar's business in New South Wales, Australia, and the South Pacific before returning to the United States where he managed over $500 million worth of business in the southeast U.S. Langmore spent half of his career with Caterpillar in overseas assignments including Singapore and Sydney. He worked on virtually every aspect of Caterpillar's business and saw success in negotiating large transactions, increasing market share and advising Caterpillar dealers on all aspects of their business operations. 

Langmore began his career as a lawyer in the corporate and securities group of one of the nation's preeminent law firms, Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld. He has a B.B.A. degree with honors, an M.B.A. from the University of Texas at Austin and a J.D. from the University of Texas School of Law. 

Langmore's other accomplishments include being named to the boards of Envision Central Texas, the Alliance for Public Transportation, the Congress for the New Urbanism and being a founding member of the Austin Center for Photography. He takes great pride in being involved in a number of charitable activities. 

You can email the Capital Metro Board of Directors at boardofdirectors@capmetro.org. Messages sent to this address are forwarded to all members of the board via Capital Metro staff. 

 

Mike Martinez

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CAMPO elected official representative 

Council Member Mike Martinez has devoted virtually his entire career to public service.  Before taking office in 2006, Council Member Martinez served as an Austin firefighter for 13 years.  In 1993, Council Member Martinez served as a Drill and Ceremony team member of the Austin Fire Department's Honor Guard.  During his tenure, he served as a leader in the firefighting community.  In 2003, he was elected president of the Austin Firefighters Association where he led a successful public campaign to secure collective bargaining rights for Austin firefighters.  He also served as the Chair of the Austin Firefighters Association Political Action Committee from 2001-2004, where he represented the interests of public safety professionals in elections and campaigns.  Council Member Martinez was sworn in as a City Council Member on June 20, 2006. 

By taking a proactive approach to improving our city, Council Member Martinez has consistently worked to advance Austin's environmental standards, ensure that Austin maintains its strong arts and music culture, enhance public safety, and improve quality of life and availability of affordable housing city-wide.  Council Member Martinez has passed resolutions to create a City Department of Arts and Culture, worked towards making the Trail of Lights Festival carbon neutral, improved staffing levels and living quarters at Fire Stations throughout the City, and adopted an ordinance to lead Austin into being a sweat shop free Community by supporting goods that emphasize humane and legal labor practices.  Council Member Martinez sponsored a comprehensive rewrite of the local campaign finance ordinance that improves transparency, restricts contributions from PACs, and provides clear ways to enforce campaign finance laws.  

Council Member Martinez has made preserving the historic character of Austin a priority, and has worked diligently to find creative solutions to tackle the problem of rapidly rising property taxes in East Austin. In December 2006, Council Member Martinez sponsored a resolution that saved historic Oak Springs in East Austin from development, which otherwise would have become a strip mall.  In January 2007, Council Member Martinez sponsored an ordinance to create a Homestead Preservation District, which combats the effects of skyrocketing home values by using a portion of increased property taxes to fund innovative affordable housing efforts in East Austin.  He was the only Council Member to vote against relocation of the animal shelter to East Austin, and stood strong against the proposed landfill in the Webberville neighborhood.  Council Member Martinez sponsored a resolution to initiate a Hispanic Quality of Life Initiative which will conduct an extensive evaluation of Hispanic quality of life issues in Austin, and ultimately enable the City to make substantial and meaningful positive changes for the entire community. 

Council Member Martinez serves as the Chair of the Minority-Owned and Women-Owned Business Enterprise and Small Business Council Subcommittee.  He also serves as the Chair of the Public Safety Task Force, which he worked to create in 2006.  He is a member of the Judicial Committee and the Public Health and Human Services Subcommittee, and sits on the Capital Metro Board of Directors. 

A graduate of leadership Austin, as well as the LBJ School of Public Affairs West Point Military Leadership Program, Council Member Martinez is a strong believer in community involvement. Council Member Martinez has served on the Board of Directors of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Texas, and has worked as a diversity trainer with the National Coalition Building Institute.  

Council Member Martinez is a long-time resident of East Austin, where he lives with his 10 year old son, Alejandro, and his wife, Lara Wendler.  

You can email Board Member at Mike.martinez@ci.austin.tx.us.