August 17, 2018
Contact: Jacki Lenners
August 17, 2018
FLAGSTAFF, AZ - The Northern Arizona Intergovernmental Public Transportation Authority (NAIPTA) Board of Directors announced today their selection of NAIPTA Deputy General Manager Erika Mazza to serve as the organization’s next CEO and General Manager.
Mazza will succeed Jeff Meilbeck, who has served as the head of Flagstaff’s transit agency for more than 20 years. He started with Coconino County’s Pine Country Transit and led the evolution to what is now the Mountain Line Transit system serving nearly 2.5 million riders a year.
Prior to joining NAIPTA nearly seven years ago, Mazza was the Human Services Planning & Policy Manager for the City of Boulder and the Housing Planning & Policy Manager for the City of Flagstaff. She also served as a Lecturer in Northern Arizona University’s Planning Department. Mazza is currently on the Board of Directors for the Flagstaff Metropolitan Planning Organization (FMPO), American Public Transportation Association (APTA) and Flagstaff Leadership Program. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Planning from Northern Vermont University and a Master of Science in Economics and Public Policy from the University of Wyoming.
“The NAIPTA Board of Directors engaged in a thorough nationwide search for a new CEO, and we are thrilled to announce that NAIPTA Deputy General Manager Erika Mazza has accepted the position,” said Flagstaff City Councilman and NAIPTA Board Chair Scott Overton. “Erika exemplifies NAIPTA’s strong history, and through her expertise and leadership, the organization is well-positioned for the future.”
“I would like to thank the NAIPTA Board of Directors and recognize current NAIPTA CEO Jeff Meilbeck for his more than 20 years of transit leadership in Flagstaff,” said incoming NAIPTA CEO & General Manager Erika Mazza. “I look forward to leading Mountain Line through enhancing transit opportunities within the NAIPTA region, and I am especially pleased to continue working with an incredible team.”
The NAIPTA Board is scheduled to consider the contract at their September meeting with an anticipated start date on October 1, 2018.
NAIPTA is the transit agency in northern Arizona operating the Mountain Line, Mountain Lift and Mountain Link systems in Flagstaff. NAIPTA also coordinates services with Campus Shuttle Service at Northern Arizona University.