Paul Ballard to serve as NCTD interim executive director

Aug. 15, 2023
Ballard is a transit executive who will help manage the operations of NCTD between the retirement of existing Executive Director Matthew O. Tucker and a new permanent leader.

Paul J. Ballard will begin as the interim executive director of North County Transit District (NCTD) on Aug. 28. NCTD Board of Directors appointed Ballard following the planned retirement of long-time Executive Director Matthew O. Tucker.

Ballard served as the CEO of the Nashville Metropolitan Transportation Authority and the Regional Transportation Authority of Middle Tennessee before becoming president and CEO of Trinity Metro in Fort Worth, Texas. He retired from Trinity Metro in April 2019 and has become the transit industry’s go-to manager to help bridge management of the agency between permanent executives. He served as interim general manager for the Regional Transportation District of Denver between February and November 2020. He also returned to Trinity Metro in 2021 as interim president and CEO following the retirement of Robert Baulsir.

This week, the American Public Transportation Association said Ballard was one of six transit professionals to be inducted into the association's Hall of Fame in 2023. 

Ballard’s four-month contract will include the oversight of operations for NCTD, as well as support of the NCTD Board during its executive director selection process.

“We are very pleased to have identified someone with Mr. Ballard’s executive-level experience to help guide the district in the coming months as the board conducts a process for the selection of a new executive director,” said NCTD Board Chair Jewel Edson. “Paul will be a valuable resource for NCTD’s Board and its employees during this transition.”

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Mischa Wanek-Libman | Group Editorial Director

Mischa Wanek-Libman serves as editor in chief of Mass Transit magazine and group editorial director of the Infrastructure and Aviation Group at Endeavor Business Media. She is responsible for developing and maintaining the editorial direction of the group and is based in the western suburbs of Chicago.

Wanek-Libman has spent more than 20 years covering transportation issues including construction projects and engineering challenges for various commuter railroads and transit agencies. She has been recognized for editorial excellence through her individual work, as well as for collaborative content. 

She is an active member of the American Public Transportation Association's Marketing and Communications Committee and serves as a Board Observer on the National Railroad Construction and Maintenance Association (NRC) Board of Directors.  

She is a graduate of Drake University, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism and Mass Communication with a major in magazine journalism and a minor in business management.