The Hood River County Transportation District Board is pleased to announce that John Andoh has come onboard as Assistant Executive Director of Columbia Area Transit (CAT). Over the year John will be transitioning to the position of Executive Director when current Executive Director Patty Fink retires.
John comes to the job with a strong background in transit management, public leadership, and creating partnerships. His innovative style and talent for expanding and amending transit services to better serve the community are what the District Board and transit staff found most compelling about adding John to the CAT team. Under the mentorship of Patty, John will assist with updating the Transit Master Plan, meet and collaborate with community members and civic leaders, and learn the ropes at CAT to assume the Directorship next year.
“I am excited to move back to the west coast and particularly, the Columbia Gorge region to where I can share my public transit experience in making CAT the best transit system it can be”.
“I am a true public transit supporter and have a passion to help people move from point A to B. I intend to ride CAT often and I hope to see you on the bus!”
Over the course of the year, John will be brought up to speed to be responsible for managing the day-to-day operations and leading policy development and planning for a balanced, safe, and efficient transportation system. Additional responsibilities include promoting increased use of sustainable forms of transportation like walking, biking, and transit use in the District’s service area, while working to improve equity in transportation policies, programs, and services. These services are of particular importance to enhancing transportation options in the Gorge—helping to alleviate parking and congestion, addressing climate changes, and improving accessibility issues as we plan for the preservation of the future of the Gorge.
“John brings a wealth of transportation experience from a variety of communities,” said Board Chair Lara Dunn. “We are confident he can build on the strong foundation we have at CAT and will introduce innovations to take our transit system to the next level.”
Patty Fink, current Executive Director of CAT, stated, “We were excited in selecting John to join the CAT team. His breadth of public transportation management experience is a great fit for CAT, and he will do an exceptional job in improving public transportation here in the Columbia Gorge. I look forward to working with him during the transition period.”
John previously served as Executive Director/CEO of the Central Midlands Regional Transit Authority (The COMET) in Columbia, SC. He has held this position since 2018 and was responsible for directing all aspects of a multi-county public transit system’s operations while ensuring compliance with all federal, state, and local laws and regulations, and managing many agreements for service delivery. During his tenure with The COMET John implemented innovative partnerships for bike sharing, transportation network companies, mobility management, and vanpooling. He also established a transportation program to combat food deserts, provided fresh produce at a downtown transit center, nighttime needs, and connecting people to vaccinations.
John has a master’s degree in public administration from University of Phoenix as well as a graduate certificate in transportation management from San Jose State University, and he is a certified community transit manager from the Community Transportation Association of America.
Everyone at CAT is looking forward to welcoming John when he starts on May 3, 2021.