MISSOURI PUBLIC TRANSIT ASSOCIATION selects new team to lead transit advocacy efforts for the State of Missouri

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Kimberly Cella, new executive director of the Missouri Public Transit Association

mpta_logoThe Missouri Public Transit Association (MPTA) today announced the selection of its new executive director – Kimberly Cella of the St. Louis-based transit advocacy organization Citizens for Modern Transit. Cella and her team at Citizens for Modern Transit will partner with Michael G. Winter Consultants to lead efforts on behalf of the statewide transit provider association to ensure the goals of the organization, which include elevating the status of transit in Missouri, building new coalitions to expand the advocacy base and promoting and supporting MPTA members.

Michael G. Winter will serve as the lead lobbyist for the MPTA.

“We are very excited to make this announcement today of the selection of Kimberly Cella and her team,” said Cindy Baker, president of the MPTA Board of Directors. “This year the MPTA is celebrating its 35th Anniversary in Missouri, and we believe under the leadership of this team, we have the opportunity to make a real difference, not only with regards to funding for transit in Missouri, but also as it relates to policies supporting transit and the overall use of transit in this state.”

Michael G. Winter will serve as the lead lobbyist for the MPTA.

Michael G. Winter will serve as the lead lobbyist for the MPTA.

Cella has more than 20 years of experience in transit advocacy and education. She has been at the helm of Citizens for Modern Transit since 2011. Michael Winter has more than 25 years experience in politics and governmental relations. MPTA’s staff provides legislative liaison services and its office serves as a central clearinghouse for member information and requests for assistance. The association has developed a variety of programs to facilitate education and networking among transit professionals in Missouri.

Membership in MPTA is open to anyone who has an interest in the future of public transit in Missouri. Transit system members range from large urban systems to single vehicle agencies in the most rural counties of the state. Affiliate members include representatives of sheltered workshops, community organizations, citizen advocacy groups, government and quasi-government agencies and industry suppliers.

For more information on the Missouri Public Transit Association, visit http://www.mptaonline.typepad.com/ or find the organization on Facebook.

Missouri Public Transit Association: Missouri Public Transit Association (MPTA) was established in 1980 as a Missouri non-profit corporation. It was formed to provide a unified voice for public and specialized transportation providers in Missouri and to work toward elevating the status of public transit as a national priority.

Citizens for Modern Transit:

Citizens for Modern Transit is a nonprofit, member-supported organization that leads efforts for an integrated, affordable, and convenient public transportation system with light rail expansion as the critical component that will drive economic growth to improve quality of life in the St. Louis region.