TARTA board approves 3-year contract extension for CEO Laura Koprowski

TARTA board approves 3-year contract extension for CEO Laura Koprowski

Koprowski joined the Ohio agency in 2020 as chief communications and customer experience officer.
November 21, 2022

Source: TARTA

TOLEDO, OHIO — The Toledo Area Regional Transit Authority (TARTA) board last week approved a 3-year contract extension for CEO Laura Koprowski.

According to the Toledo Blade, the contract retroactively boosted Koprowski's annual pay by 8.6% to $165,000, effective Oct. 21. Under the agreement, she will receive an additional 6% raise next fall.

Koprowski joined TARTA in April 2020 as chief communications and customer experience officer. She was promoted to deputy CEO in May 2021 and was named chief executive in October 2021 after former CEO Kimberly Dunham resigned to become chief of staff at the Jacksonville Transportation Authority.

Koprowski has more than 25 years of experience in the transportation industry and served as the executive director of the Ohio Public Transit Association before joining TARTA.

“From the passing of Issue 12 to bringing back Sunday and holiday service to financial stability for an organization that sorely needed it, Laura has piled up a long list of accomplishments in her short time at TARTA,” said TARTA board president Kelsie Hoagland. “She is a proven leader with a track record of not only finding solutions to problems, but making those solutions a reality faster than anticipated.”

“As a believer in the power of public transportation and the positive impact it can have on the lives of the people who depend on it, it is an honor to serve in this role,” Koprowski said. “TARTA is fortunate to have an active board of trustees full of public servants who recognize the value of a strong transit system. I am delighted to continue working with them to serve all of Lucas County and Rossford.

Koprowski said riding the bus to work has helped her understand the needs of TARTA's riders. “When I take our Route 20 in to work, I have the chance to talk to many of the customers who use our system," she said. "Those conversations give me a great sense of where we are, how far we’ve come, and where we need to go."

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