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National Transportation Association Announces New Executive Director

Updated: Jun 19, 2023

Abena Bonso-Bruce to Succeed Longtime

Transportation Alliance CEO Alfred LaGasse


(Las Vegas, NV)— The Transportation Alliance (TTA) is pleased to announce that Abena Bonso-Bruce, an executive with nearly a decade in management positions at an international association, will take the reins as Executive Director on January 1, 2023.


Bonso-Bruce will succeed TTA’s longest serving CEO, Alfred LaGasse, who has worked at the organization for more than 40 years. Throughout 2023, LaGasse will continue to hold the title of CEO, while serving in a consulting role to TTA before he fully retires from the association at the end of next year.


“Abena’s immense association industry experience, in combination with her new perspective and innovative ideas, make her a phenomenal pick as TTA’s next Executive Director,” said TTA President-elect Jeb Corey. “I am excited to work alongside Abena with new initiatives that will drive TTA forward.”


Prior to joining TTA, Bonso-Bruce served as the Assistant Director of Program Management at the International Association of Fire Chiefs, an 11,000-member organization. As Assistant Director, Bonso-Bruce managed more than $8.5 million in federal grants focusing on firefighter recruitment and retention, as well as Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) initiatives. Bonso-Bruce also coordinated advertisements, courses, and other tools to help promote the association’s DEI initiatives, as well as volunteer firefighter recruitment and retention programs.


“The Transportation Alliance has a long and storied history, and I am so proud to be a part of its next chapter,” said Bonso-Bruce. “My focus is on bringing new perspectives into the industry while always honoring and learning from TTA’s incredible 105-year history. I know I have big shoes to fill, which is why I’m so glad Alfred LaGasse will remain with TTA throughout my first year.”


“Abena’s deep experience working with associations, especially associations as large as the International Association of Fire Chiefs, make her more than equipped to lead TTA,” LaGasse said. “I look forward to seeing Abena lead TTA into its next, critical chapter with new and invigorating ideas backed by her years of management experience.”


Bonso-Bruce was introduced to TTA members at the association’s annual convention and expo, Mobilize 2022, held in Las Vegas this past weekend. Her goals include increasing TTA membership levels to pre-pandemic numbers as well as working closely with the lobbying team to make sure issues like the independent contractor, NEMT, and electric vehicle are the focus on Capitol Hill in 2023.


About The Transportation Alliance: Established in 1917, The Transportation Alliance is a nonprofit trade association that represents the owners and managers of taxicab, livery, paratransit, non-emergency medical transportation, school, shuttle, luxury and motorcoach fleets. The Transportation Alliance's member companies operate more than 100,000 passenger vehicles and transport more than 900 million passengers annually. For more information, please visit www.thetransportationalliance.org.

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