Last week, San Bernardino County Transportation Authority (SBCTA) lauded a historic first in San Bernardino County: With the selection of Nancie Goff as CEO of the Victor Valley Transit Authority (VVTA), all transit agencies in the nation’s largest geographic county are now led by women.
“This is an important moment, for our county and the communities we serve, as we celebrate the accomplishments and contributions of women in transportation. San Bernardino County is recognized as an innovation hub when it comes to commuter and transit solutions, and the women who run each of these agencies are providing bold leadership and visioning for the future,” said Dawn Rowe, Vice President of the SBCTA Board and Chair of the County Board of Supervisors.
Goff joins Erin Rogers (Omnitrans), Cheryl Sallis (City of Needles Transit Services), Cheri Holsclaw (Basin Transit) and Sandy Benson (Mountain Transit) in leading the five transit agencies in San Bernardino County. Never before have all five had women in the top leadership or managerial role at the same time.
“It’s such an honor to serve VVTA and to be grouped alongside these remarkable women. I look forward to building on our momentum for delivering outstanding transit service,” Goff said.
“It sends a powerful message that women now lead all five transit agencies in one of the fastest-growing population centers in the country,” said Rogers, who was named CEO and General Manager of Omnitrans in 2020.
“The doors have been opened to women in leadership positions, and we’re excited about what that means for the communities we serve,” said Sallis.
“The future of mobility is directly tied to the future of transit. The five of us love what we do, and are proud to represent our communities and women in transportation,” said Holsclaw, who was named General Manager of Basin Transit in 2022.
“This is an exciting time in the world of transit, and our job is to make sure we are serving our community and making our services available to as many riders as possible,” said Benson, General Manager of Mountain Transit.