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November 17

AAWA Welcomes Four New Board Directors

At its 2020 general membership meeting this past Saturday, November 14th, All Aboard Washington welcomed its four newest directors to the board: Samantha Dana, Pete Lewis, Adán Espino Jr., and Bob Krebs.

Samantha Dana serves as the Associate Vice President for Institutional Effectiveness of Clover Park Technical College, providing leadership for the institution's marketing and communications, institutional research, grants, accreditation, shared governance, and strategic planning efforts as well as the CPTC Foundation. Formerly, she was Director of Grants Research and Evaluation at Springfield Technical Community College in Massachusetts. She earned a master of science degree in Government Analytics with a concentration in Statistical Analysis from The Johns Hopkins University, and a bachelor's degree in political science from the University of Massachusetts - Amherst.

Pete Lewis joins as a former Mayor and City Councilman of Auburn. He has served in a number of organizations across King and Pierce Counties, including the Pierce County Regional Council, the Puget Sound Regional Council's Growth Management and Economic Development Committees, and the South County Area Transportation Board. Currently, he is a principal at Pete Lewis Consulting and the Co-President of Auburn’s Vietnam War Memorial. While serving as mayor he founded the Veterans Council at the U.S. Conference of Mayors, the Valley Cities organization of cities from Fife to Tukwila, and the Valley Regional Fire Authority.

Adán Espino Jr. is currently employed at Sermonti Public Affairs. He works as a lobbyist in a variety of sectors, but has always held a keen interest in transportation, especially in regard to passenger rail. A Pacific Northwest native, he desired to dedicate his life to making an equitable, accessible, and more prosperous community and entered into advocacy work to accomplish this. Adán recognizes the clear geographic equity and accessibility issues with our state's car-dependent transportation system as being one of our state's most fundamental problems.

Bob Krebs is the sitting president of the Association of Oregon Rail and Transit Advocates (AORTA) and a current elected member of the Salem Keizer Transit Board. A northwest native with over 50 years management experience in the transportation and tourism industry, he developed and operated many educational and marketing programs for passenger carriers including Amtrak, airlines, and bus lines. He retired from a third career with the Oregon Department of Transportation as the intercity passenger rail coordinator in 2004. His ODOT activities included the Amtrak Cascades/Talgo train project, renovation of Willamette Valley railroad stations, and improvements to the Oregon Intercity Bus Network.

Adán, Pete, and Samantha were all elected for four-year terms, while Bob was appointed for a one-year term.