Metro Executive Search

Metro has identified its next chief executive.

At its July board meeting, Metro’s Board of Directors passed a resolution to offer the position to Lauren Cencic, currently a Senior Director at the Los Angeles Metropolitan Transit Authority,  making her Metro’s first female chief executive.

Search Process

Metro’s Board of Directors appointed a search committee of board members Jay Lund and Amy Haase.

The search committee enlisted a national search firm, Krauthamer & Associates, Inc., and a task force comprised of staff, elected officials, community leaders, and representatives from the business and philanthropic communities. Members included:

  • Denise Finken; Director of Finance; Metro Transit
  • Dennis Hogueison; President; Transport Worker Union Local 223, Metro Transit
  • Willie Barney; Founder, President, and Facilitator; Empowerment Network
  • Vicki Quaites-Ferris; Director of Operations; Empowerment Network
  • Tony Vargas; Senator, District 7; Nebraska Legislature
  • Chris Rodgers; County Commissioner, District 3; Douglas County Board of Commissioners
  • Kevin Andersen; Deputy Chief of Staff, Economic Development and Development Services; City of Omaha
  • Jeff Kutash; former Executive Director; Peter Kiewit Foundation
  • Brenda Dooley; Senior Vice President of Facilities; First National Bank

The search culminated with candidate recommendations to the Metro Board of Directors, who made the final selection.


The search for Metro’s chief executive was led by Krauthamer & Associates, Inc.  View the job description here.


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