The Board of Directors, as the governing body of the Corporation, establishes policy and legislative direction for the agency.
The Board defines the organization’s mission, establishes goals and approves the budget to accomplish those goals. Working closely with the Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Board members represent the agency’s position to the public, in the legislature, and in the community. They are responsible for hiring, supervising, and evaluating the CEO.
Board members establish their performance standards and abide by all state and local laws with regard to Board member conduct and protocol, as well as the corporation’s by-laws, resolutions, and procedures. The CEO and the corporation’s legal counsel report to the Board of Directors.
The Board of Directors consists of ten members, nine of whom are elected officials selected by the respective governing bodies of the county and component cities within Community Transit’s service area, as follows:
In addition, the Board has one non-voting labor representative.
Emmett Heath, CEO
Emmett Heath has served as the Chief Executive Officer of Community Transit since August 2014. Before being selected CEO, he served as the agency’s Director of Administration for 10 years.
Emmett has had a long career in public transportation and the electric utility industry in the Puget Sound region, serving in executive leadership positions at both King County Metro and the Snohomish County PUD before coming to Community Transit in 2005.
As a member of the Board of Directors for the Washington State Transit Insurance Pool (WSTIP) and the Washington State Transit Association (WSTA), Emmett works alongside other transit executives across the state to address regional transportation issues. Additionally, he is a member of the Joint Governing Board for the region’s electronic fare card program, ORCA, and is a member of the Downtown Seattle Transit Coordination coalition.
An active member of the local community, Emmett serves on the Economic Alliance Snohomish County Board of Trustees and the United Way of Snohomish County Board of Directors.
Emmett was born and raised in the Puget Sound area and has lived and worked in Snohomish County for more than 20 years. He and his wife live in Arlington, where they raised their three children.