FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 3, 2019
Atlanta Business Chronicle Names MARTA GM Jeffrey Parker
a Person to Watch in 2019
Transportation Leader Also Joins Georgia Trend’s Notable Georgians List
ATLANTA – The Atlanta Business Chronicle recently named MARTA General Manager and CEO Jeffrey Parker as one of the top 19 local leaders to watch in 2019. Parker joins a host of notable state leaders, including Gov. Brian Kemp, City of Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms and businessman/philanthropist Arthur M. Blank on this year’s distinguished list.
As a recognized national leader in transportation, Parker has more than 30 years of experience in both the private and public sectors of the industry, heading operations and expansion programs in several multimodal transit agencies. Parker was named general manager and CEO of MARTA in March 2018, joining the organization after serving as vice president of the Georgia/Alabama/Tennessee District of HNTB Corp., one of the country’s leading architecture and engineering consulting firms.
“This year will truly be a landmark year for the authority and the thousands of dedicated MARTA employees who help keep this region moving every day,” said Parker, who previously worked as MARTA’s senior director of Transportation Operations from 2005 to 2008. “We will continue advancing the historic More MARTA Atlanta program that accounts for $2.7 billion in transit expansion and upgrades, host one of the nation’s largest sporting events with Super Bowl LIII and take the idea of extending MARTA to Gwinnett voters this March. This will be a busy year for MARTA and an incredible time for transit growth in our region.”
In addition to the Atlanta Business Chronicle recognition, Parker was named a “2019 Notable Georgian” by Georgia Trend Magazine, which is currently featured in the January issue. This annual list comprises the state’s most influential civic, community and business leaders.
“I am honored to be recognized among some of the most dynamic leaders and trailblazers in our region,” said Parker. “As we continue to move our state forward, I look forward to working collectively and collaboratively with the community and our state’s leaders to continue to enhance mobility across the region and spur economic development opportunities across Georgia.”
Parker has held a wide range of leadership positions in transportation during his career, including serving as the commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Transportation as well as high-profile roles with the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority and Parsons Corp. He graduated Cum Laude from Northeastern University with a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science.