JTA Announces New Staff Appointments

July 2, 2015

The Jacksonville Transportation Authority (JTA) announced July 2 that the organization has appointed Cleveland Ferguson III as vice president of human resources, compliance and risk management; Cami Haynes as assistant vice president/safety and compliance officer; and Aleizha Batson as senior manager of multi-media and community relations. The appointments are effective July 13.

“These three talented individuals bring with them years of expertise that will augment the skills and abilities of the Authority’s leadership team,” said JTA CEO Nathaniel P. Ford, Sr. “They embody all the traits we look for in JTA leaders. They are strategic thinkers and customer focused. Having Mr. Ferguson, Ms. Haynes and Ms. Batson on board will enhance our quest to provide world class transportation solutions to the Northeast Florida region.”

Ferguson joined the city of Jacksonville in 2012 as deputy chief administrative officer. Drawing on his extensive knowledge and background, he will lead JTA’s Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) and ethics programs; government affairs; human resources; internal audit; legal services; risk management; and safety and security. Ferguson will report to Ford.

Prior to joining the city, Ferguson worked at Florida Coastal School of Law as a professor and served on the Jacksonville Economic Development Commission (JEDC). He is a recent graduate of Leadership Florida and a published author. Ferguson received his Juris Doctor from Florida State University and his Bachelor of Science from Nova Southeastern University.

Haynes joined JTA in May 2013 as the ethics and compliance officer. She will report to Ferguson and lead the authority’s overall drug and alcohol programs; ethics; records management; and safety and security. Haynes has recently been accepted to Connect Florida, a program of Leadership Florida focused on developing Florida’s existing and emerging leaders.

Prior to joining the authority, Haynes practiced corporate law for Bank of America and Xerox. She is a Certified Florida Mediator and worked as a law clerk for the Honorable Gill S. Freeman, Miami-Dade Judicial Civil Court. Haynes received her Juris Doctor from Florida Coastal School of Law and Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Duke University.

Batson joined the city of Jacksonville in 2012 as the deputy director of communications. She will report to Jacquie Gibbs, vice president of external affairs. Drawing on her experience in public outreach and television, Batson will oversee the multi-media and community engagement units including community concerns, public hearings, Making Moves television programming, website and corporate communications.

Prior to joining the city, Batson worked at the District of Columbia Water and Sewer Authority in Washington, D.C. as the manager of public outreach. She also worked at the Dalton Agency as an account executive where she interfaced with clients and developed campaigns. Batson earned her Master of Arts in Education Sports Administration and Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Temple University in Philadelphia.