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Executive Leadership Team

Jeffrey C. Arndt

Jeffrey C. Arndt

Jeffrey C. Arndt is President and Chief Executive Officer of VIA Metropolitan Transit. VIA provides transportation services to the Bexar County region, including the fast-growing City of San Antonio, identified as the seventh-largest city in the United States.

Arndt joined VIA in February 2012 as Deputy CEO/Chief of Business Support Services. His expertise encompasses transit service and capital facility development, training and safety, financial management and planning, labor relations, special event transit/traffic management, and transit operations. He is continuously working to bring innovations to VIA and to San Antonio that will improve the livability and sustainability of the region, to include the implementation of SmartMove, VIA’s short-term capital plan to bring multimodalism to the region.

Arndt came to San Antonio from Houston where he served as General Manager of Fixed-route Transit Services for First Transit, a company under contract with the Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County, or Houston METRO. He previously worked for Houston METRO for 25 years and achieved the position of Senior Vice President of Operations/Chief Operating Officer. Arndt spent five years as a research scientist/research specialist at the Texas A&M Transportation Institute and was Senior Planning Manager at Parsons Brinckerhoff before joining First Transit.

Arndt holds a Master of Arts in Public Administration from the University of Houston, as well as a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of Notre Dame. He currently serves on several boards, including the San Antonio Chamber of Commerce, San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Centro Alliance, Texas Diversity Council, South West Transit Association (SWTA), United Way, and San Antonio for Growth on the Eastside (SAGE), and the Texas Transit Association. Additionally, he has served as an adjunct professor in the public administration graduate program at the University of Houston, and was also selected for the 38th Leadership San Antonio Class (2013).

Keith Hom

Keith J. Hom
Deputy CEO

As the Deputy CEO, Keith Hom provides executive management for VIA's divisions of Transportation, Maintenance, Fiscal Management, Human Resources, IT, Safety, Training, and Security. He also provides strategic support to VIA's President/CEO in Board relations, planning, and communications.

Hom's previous experience includes fifteen years at MTA New York City Transit (finishing his career there as the chief of operations planning) and three years as a senior management analyst at the Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County, Houston METRO. Hom joined VIA in 2007.

Brian D. Buchanan

Brian D. Buchanan
Senior Vice President of Development

As the Senior Vice President of Development, Brian Buchanan manages strategic planning and engineering for VIA’s capital improvement projects, and he provides oversight and guidance on new policies, processes, and tools needed to demonstrate the technical capacity for large capital investments.

Buchanan came to VIA from Valley Metro in Phoenix, Arizona, where he was the director of design and construction. Previously he worked in the private sector in the fields of transit engineering and intelligent transportation systems.

Bonnie Prosser Elder

Bonnie Prosser Elder
Senior Vice President Legal / General Counsel

Bonnie Prosser Elder is responsible for the oversight and coordination of legal services for VIA. She is also responsible for the risk management and claims section of the organization.

Prosser Elder has been involved in the public sector and transportation issues for over 25 years, and she has extensive experience in law, public administration, and open government matters for public agencies as well as broad experience in intergovernmental relations, legislative matters, contract development, and ethical considerations for public and private matters.

Prosser Elder received her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Texas at Austin and her Juris Doctorate from the University of Texas School of Law.

Shawna C. Russell

Shawna C. Russell
Senior Vice President of Public Engagement

As Senior Vice President of Public Engagement, Ms. Russell oversees all aspects of public engagement and external relations, including: marketing and promotions; public information and media relations; board relations and support; governmental affairs; and community relations. She also serves as an advisor to VIA's President/CEO.

Her prior experience includes time spent in both the public and private sectors, including 12 years with the Texas Department of Transportation and the Texas Transportation Commission. Russell has also served as Vice President of Governmental Relations for the Fort Worth Transportation Authority, Associate Research Scientist at the Texas A&M Transportation Institute, and Senior Advisor to the Texas Secretary of State.

Russell holds an MBA with a concentration in management from Texas Woman's University, as well as a B.A. in government from the University of Texas at Austin. She currently serves on the American Public Transportation Association's (APTA) Legislative Committee and APTA's Marketing Committee. Russell is also a member of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA). Locally, she serves on the Board of the San Antonio Humane Society and the Texas Exes San Antonio Chapter, and is involved with the San Antonio Chamber of Commerce, the San Antonio Economic Development Foundation, the San Antonio Mobility Coalition (SAMCo) and the Junior League of San Antonio.

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