Houston’s Mayor Turner Re-appoints Sanjay Ramabhadran to the METRO Board


HOUSTON: Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner has re-appointed Sanjay Ramabhadran to the Metropolitan Transit Authority (METRO) and the appointment for a 2-year term was confirmed by Houston City Council. He was previously appointed by Mayor Annise Parker and became the first Indian-American to serve on the METRO Board.  Other City of Houston appointees include incoming Chair Carrin Patman, Lex Frieden, Troi Taylor and Christof Spieler.  Harris County appointees include Jim Robinson and Lisa Castaneda and Member City appointees include former Bellaire Mayor Cindy Siegel and former Katy Mayor Don Elder.

“It is good to have a mix of new ideas and institutional knowledge,” said Mayor Turner.  “This new board will reflect the diversity of Houston and a diversity of thinking and experience that will be beneficial as METRO works to increase transit options and improve mobility in the area.”  At the Press Conference, Mayor Turner recognized Sanjay’s civic engagement and added that he brings a great deal of experience to the Board especially as it relates to transit and transportation infrastructure.

METRO operates a regional multimodal transportation system across 1,300 square miles with 2,663 route miles, a 22.7 mile light rail system, 20 Transit Centers, 29 Park & Ride Facilities, over a 100 miles of HOV/HOT lanes and a paratransit service, METROLift.  Communities that are part of the METRO area include the cities of Houston, Bellaire, Katy, Missouri City, the Villages and West University Place. Major portions of unincorporated Harris County are also included.

Sanjay Ramabhadran currently serves as Managing Partner at VERSA Group LLC providing strategic consulting and advisory services.  A registered Professional Engineer, he has provided engineering and master planning services to the Industrial and Governmental market segments for 20 years.  He previously served on the Board & Management Team of a regional consulting firm and directed a Corporate Practice focused on water and infrastructure.

His civic involvement has included serving as Chairman of the Board of Directors of LEADERSHIP HOUSTON; Director in the Texas Lyceum – a state-wide leadership group focused on public policy issues impacting Texas; Steering Committee Member – Houston General Plan; Senior Fellow – American Leadership Forum; President of the HESS Club; President of the Indo-American Chamber of Commerce of Greater Houston; and Past-President of the Indo-American Political Action Committee.

Sanjay Ram was honored as one of the 2012 Ten Outstanding Young Americans (TOYA) by the United States Junior Chamber.