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Greer Johnson Gillis named JTA Vice President of System Development

JACKSONVILLE, FL – Greer Johnson Gillis is the new Vice President of System Development for the Jacksonville Transportation Authority (JTA).

She joins the JTA’s Executive Leadership Team to lead the Authority’s robust system development division and to oversee the JTA’s construction and capital programs department.

“Greer is a dynamic leader who comes to Jacksonville during an extraordinary time for the JTA,” said Chief Executive Officer Nathaniel P. Ford Sr. “Throughout her career, she’s proven her ability to successfully lead large and complex projects, in the public and private sectors. I’m excited she is bringing that experience to Northeast Florida.”

In her role, Johnson Gillis leads the JTA’s construction and capital programs department, which oversees maintenance, facilities, and the system development and system planning divisions. Those duties include oversight in the completion of the new Jacksonville Regional Transportation Center at LaVilla (JRTC), the JTA’s new administrative headquarters, bus transfer facility and multimodal hub in Downtown Jacksonville. She also leads a vast and comprehensive infrastructure and roadbuilding initiative called JTAMobilityWorks.

JTAMobilityWorks leverages funding from the JTA’s portion of the local option gas tax to design, build and complete 13 roadway projects and other initiatives along 14 mobility corridors throughout Duval County. She will also oversee the development and construction of several miles of sidewalks, multiuse paths and other mobility enhancements through the JTA’s Safe Routes to Schools and system development initiatives.

“I am excited to join the JTA as VP of Systems Development,” said Johnson Gillis. “Belonging to a team that is advancing transportation with innovative solutions to solve the mobility needs of Northeast Florida provides both personal and professional fulfillment.  My family resides in Jacksonville and I hope to improve their mobility needs,” she said.

Johnson Gillis comes to the JTA after serving as a District of Columbia Public Service Commissioner since 2018. That is an independent quasi-judicial body and regulatory agency responsible for regulating landline telephone, electricity, and gas utility companies operating within the District of Columbia. Commissioners are appointed to four-year terms by the Mayor of D.C., with the advice and consent of the D.C. Council.  Prior to that, Greer served as Director of the District of Columbia Department of General Services (DGS), where she oversaw the leasing, construction, operations, maintenance, and security of facilities owned and operated by the District government.

She previously served as the Deputy Director for the District of Columbia Department of Transportation (DDOT), where she oversaw agency operations, major infrastructure and sustainability projects. She formerly was the Deputy Chief Engineer for DDOT, where she directed infrastructure projects pertaining to the Anacostia Waterfront Initiative (AWI) program, Stormwater Management Branch, Safety Standards and Quality Control Division, ITS Division, and Citywide Special Projects.

Johnson Gillis holds a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering and a Master of Science in Civil Engineer with a concentration in Transportation, both from the Georgia Institute of Technology. She also is a licensed Professional Engineer in Washington, D.C., and Virginia.

Johnson Gillis join the JTA’s Executive Leadership Team which comprises of Ford, Chief Administrative Officer and Senior Vice President Cleveland Ferguson III, Chief Operations Officer and Senior Vice President of Transit Operations Bonnie Todd, Chief Financial Officer Greg Hayes, Vice President of Engagement Kelli O’Leary, Vice President of Automation Bernard Schmidt and Assistant Vice President of Safety and Security Chris Geraci.