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Port Authority Hires Experienced CEO From Tampa To Lead Agency

Kathleen J. Davis
Katharine Eagan Kelleman speaks at the Allegheny County Courthouse on Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2017.

After a seven month long search, the Port Authority of Allegheny County has hired Katharine Eagan Kelleman as its new CEO.

Kelleman is filling the shoes of David Donohoe, who was hired as interim CEO in April after Ellen McLean left the position. 

For the past three years, Kelleman served as CEO of the Hillsborough Area Regional Transit Authority, based in Tampa, Fla. While there, she said she helped bring the authority from a $5 million deficit to a $3 million surplus.

She also has experience working with autonomous vehicles -- in Tampa, she worked with an autonomous vehicle company to launch a self-driving shuttle.

At a press event Wednesday, Kelleman stressed the importance of fostering a transparent relationship between the Port Authority and the public.

"We can sift through all the data in the world, but there has to be this iterative process of [learning] what the community wants," she said.

Kelleman said she will never let herself be described as inaccessible.

"This job is impossible without finding out out what our various constituency groups want to see," she said. "And not just folks using it, but these really important community voices that will do the support in the long hall, and make sure its not the Port Authority in a vacuum."

Kelleman will start her role in January.