Board of Directors & CEO | Community Transit

Board of Directors & CEO

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:

  • Two members and their alternate from the governing body of the county.
  • Two members and an alternate from cities with populations of 35,000 or more.
  • Three members and two alternates from cities with populations between 15,000 and 35,000.
  • Two members and an alternate from cities with populations less than 15,000.

In addition, the Board has one non-voting labor representative.

Ric Ilgenfritz, CEOHeadshot of Ric Ilgenfritz, CEO

Ric Ilgenfritz joined Community Transit as CEO in January 2021. As CEO, Ric leads a workforce of nearly 800 employees, guiding the agency's vision and mission, and providing organizational leadership to deliver safe, high-quality, innovative public transportation options to the people of Snohomish County.

Ric serves on a variety of boards representing Community Transit, including:
• Economic Alliance of Snohomish County (EASC) Board of Trustees
• Snohomish County Committee for Improved Transportation (SCCIT) Board of Directors
• Washington State Transit Association (WSTA), Treasurer of the Board (2022 – 2023)
• Washington State Transportation Demand Management (WSTDM) Executive Board

Additionally, Ric partners with Community Transit’s Board of Directors, community leaders, and elected officials to promote and improve public transportation. As a member of the Regional Mobility Partnership, he works closely with transit general managers and senior transportation leaders to ensure travel is made easy for all, within the county and across the region. 

Ric's career is committed to public service. He is a seasoned transit leader with nearly 20 years of executive experience in public transit. Before joining Community Transit, Ric served as vice president for the Puget Sound region at David Evans and Associates, where he was responsible for transportation business development, including transit, roads, highways, and structures throughout the region, including Snohomish County. Ric also spent more than 16 years as a member of the executive leadership team at Sound Transit, working to plan and implement a more robust regional transit network to strengthen communities and support our economy. He led multiple departments including Planning, Environment, Project Development, Customer Service, and Communications. 

Ric received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism from the University of Oregon. He has been active in the American Public Transportation Association (APTA), the Urban Land Institute, and Railvolution. Ric grew up in the Pacific Northwest. He and his spouse raised their three grown children in Seattle.

Board of Directors

Board Chair: Joe Marine, Mayor
Board Vice-Chair: Jan Schuette, Council Member
Board Secretary: Tom Merrill, Council Member
Board Member, Kim Daughtry, Council Member
Board Member: Christine Frizzell, Mayor
Board Member: Jared Mead, Council Member
Board Member: Jon Nehring, Mayor
Board Member: Lance Norton, Labor Representative
Board Member: Sid Roberts, Mayor
Board Member: Stephanie Wright, Council Member

Board Alternates

Board Alternate: Mike Gallagher, Council Member
Board Alternate: Kyoko Matsumoto Wright, Mayor
Board Alternate: Nate Nehring, Council Member
Board Alternate: Susan Paine, Council Member
Board Alternate: Mason Thompson, Mayor