Houston, TX: Mayor Sylvester Turner has nominated an Indian American engineer and current METRO board member to serve as the next chair of the public transit agency.
A press release from the Houston mayor’s office said, Sanjay “Ram” Ramabhadran has served on the METRO board of directors since 2015 and is the current chair of the Capital & Strategic Planning Committee and a member of the Finance & Audit Committee. He has helped oversee the planning, design, construction, and launch of major projects, including METRONext, that enhance mobility throughout the region.
“As a prepared and proven leader, Sanjay is ready to steer Texas’ largest metropolitan transit authority,” Turner said on Feb.17. “His leadership will play a big role in getting the ambitious METRONext and other projects right.”
“It is an honor of a lifetime to serve the City of Houston and the entire region. I truly appreciate the trust and confidence in me to build the future of METRO. I look forward to working with my colleagues on the METRO Board, the CEO, and the 4,100 strong METRO family,” said Ramabhadran. “These men and women are frontline heroes in their own right. 24/7 and 365 days a year, they work to move Houstonians. Not just during a regular workweek or for a baseball game, but when it is most needed, during a flood, hurricane, or pandemic.”
Ramabhadran will replace Carrin Patman, who is stepping down following her nomination by the Biden Administration to serve as ambassador to Iceland.
“Tarush Anand, President, IACCGH, and our Board join me in congratulating Indo-American Chamber of Commerce of Greater Houston Past President Sanjay Ramabhadran on his nomination as Chairman of METRO Houston,” Jagdip Ahluwalia, Founding Secretary/ Executive Director, IACCGH, said in a press release.