Executive Staff

The Capital Metro Executive Staff is comprised of leaders in operations and planning, safety, customer experience and diversity and inclusion. Read about the members of our leadership team below. 

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President and CEO - Prior to joining Capital Metro, Randy Clarke held key leadership positions in public transportation in both Boston and Washington, D.C., and earned a master's degree in public policy from the University of Southern Maine.

Since he joined Capital Metro and following the 2018 redesign of its bus network, transit ridership has been on the rise in the Austin area. Clarke sees the operation through the eyes of his customer by using the service every day, giving him insight that's fueled his challenge to “do more” in providing quality transportation options to the growing region. That familiarity with the service led Clarke to put in place multimillion dollar investments to the system and a renewed focus on improving customer experience

When away from the office, Clarke enjoys traveling and competitive running with his wife, Kimberley, whom he met, as fate would have it, while riding a train.

 

Dottie Watkins

Chief Customer Officer, Chief Operating Officer - Dottie Watkins leads the team responsible for Bus, Demand Response, Rail and Vanpool services, as well as the Information Technology, Capital Construction and Facility Management functions of the agency.

Dottie first began her transit career in 1994 driving buses part-time while she attended the University of Texas at Austin. Prior to her appointment as CCO/COO, Dottie served as Vice President, Bus Operations and Maintenance and was responsible for all aspects of the agency's contracted bus operations through active monitoring of service quality and contract compliance.

Dottie holds a Bachelor of Social Work from the University of Texas and a Master of Business Administration from St. Edward’s University. . A native Austinite, Dottie regularly enjoys trips to the pool with her daughter and plays French Horn in a local community band.

 

Donna Simmons

Executive Vice President of Administration, Diversity and Inclusion Officer - Donna’s career in public transit spans thirty years and includes experience in human resources, safety, security, procurement, risk management, labor relations and budget management. In her first role as a grants coordinator for Capital Metro, she secured a federal grant to purchase 100 new buses soon after the election to create the transit authority in 1985.

As the Executive Vice President of Administration and Diversity and Inclusion Officer she is responsible for strategic leadership of human resources, contracts and procurement, workforce development, employee wellness and diversity programs. As Capital Metro’s first Diversity and Inclusion Officer she is leading implementation of the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Program with the goal of leveraging the diversity of our workforce to advance equity and inclusion internally with our employees and externally as a community partner.

Simmons is a two-time graduate of the University of Miami, earning a bachelor’s degree in politics and public affairs and a master’s of public administration. Ever a life-long learner, she has achieved certifications in human resources, project management and public finance.

Gardner Tabon

Executive Vice President, Chief Safety Officer - Gardner Tabon has served the industry he has come to love, globally, for over 34 years. Gardner has been in his current role since July 2018, and is responsible for the research, development, implementation, and management of all corporate, commuter rail, bus, demand response and construction safety, emergency management and public safety-related programs and initiatives.

As a part of an industry-wide leadership role and demonstration of his overall commitment to safety and security excellence, he serves as the American Public Transportation Association’s Commuter Rail Safety and Security Subcommittee chair.

He is a member of the American Society of Safety Engineers, National Fire Protection Association and World Safety Organization. He is certified by the World Safety Organization as a certified safety executive and holds a USDOT-required Transit Safety and Security Program or TSSP certification.

 

Kerri ButcherExecutive Vice President, Chief of Staff - Kerri Butcher joined Capital Metro in 2007 and previously served as Capital Metro’s Chief Legal Counsel from 2009-2021. She has concurrently served as the Chief of Staff and External Affairs since 2018. Her current duties include responsibility for leading the Executive Office, Strategic Planning, Performance Management, Legal, Government Affairs and Board of Directors functions.

Prior to joining Capital Metro in 2007, Kerri served as the Chief of Staff to a senior member of the Texas House of Representatives for almost ten years. She earned her J.D. from the University of Texas and a B.A. from Austin College, in Sherman, Texas. Kerri lives with her husband and two young, energetic boys in Austin.

 

 

Sharmila Mukherjee

Executive Vice President, Planning and Development - In her current role, Sharmila Mukherjee manages service planning/scheduling, short range planning, service analysis, regional transportation coordination, transit-adjacent and transit-oriented development projects, Cap Metro’s sustainability office and supports Project Connect Program of Projects, as needed.  

Sharmila is a certified planner (AICP) and program manager with 20 years of progressive urban transportation planning and project management experience. Sharmila last held the positions of Senior Planning Manager and Vice President at an international engineering and infrastructure consulting firm.  

Sharmila holds a master’s degree in Urban and Regional Planning with specialization in Transportation Planning from the University of Illinois at Chicago and a Graduate Certificate in Traffic Engineering Methods from Northwestern University. Sharmila is the 2017 graduate of Leadership APTA and 2016 Eno Transit Leadership (Mid-Manager) Program. 

Brian Carter

Executive Vice President, Chief Experience and Engagement Officer - As CXO for Capital Metro, Brian leads the agency’s strategic initiatives and staff in Customer Service, Community Engagement, Communication, Marketing, and Client/Business Development. These teams are unified in their effort to provide valuable experiences and meaningful engagements with our community, customers, clients, and staff. Brian joined CapMetro in 2018 as its Vice President of Marketing and Communication, and he oversaw the public awareness and education programs for Project Connect leading up to the community’s decision to fund the transit expansion program in November 2020.

Brian began his leadership career in 2004 as the Director of Marketing and Communication for the Memphis Zoo where he oversaw marketing and sales efforts that supported three major capital expansions. Since then he has led marketing, communication, sales, and events teams as a Director for SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment in San Antonio and recently as Vice President for San Antonio Zoo.  

Brian currently lives in South Austin and spends his free time exploring state and national parks alongside his wife Kendall, their three children and two dogs. He serves on the board for YMCA Austin and is an alumnus of the University of Tennessee at Martin.

Catherine Walker

Executive Vice President, Chief Financial & Risk Officer - Catherine Walker joined Capital Metro in 2021 and is responsible for the financial planning, budgeting and accounting functions, the IT department, risk management, grants administration, the Transit Store, treasury and investments.

Catherine has more than 20 years of experience in finance and operations leadership roles, the majority of her career spent in the private sector. She has a Master’s of Business Administration from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management, a B.S. in Business Economics and Public Policy, and a B.A. in Spanish, both from Indiana University. Catherine is also a Six Sigma Black Belt.  

Catherine lives in Austin and spends her free time with her husband and three young children camping in state and national parks and golfing. She has served on the Board for YMCA of Austin since 2019 and is active with her local Cub Scout Pack.