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COMTO Northern California

2012 Membership Survey






Welcome to the COMTO Northern California Website.

The Conference Of Minority Transportation Officials (COMTO) is the premier organization for the training, education and professional development of minority transportation professionals.

From the advancement of Historically Underutilized Businesses (HUBs), legislative initiatives, scholarship and program opportunities, COMTO's scope is varied and far reaching.

President's Message


For the past ten years I have enjoyed serving in various capacities with COMTO of Northern California. Now, as Chapter President, I welcome the opportunity to lead, guide and continue to grow our organization. I appreciate this personal growth opportunity and thank you all for your support.
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The Conference of Minority Transportation Officials (COMTO) is a national, multi-ethnic organization founded in 1971 to advocate for the transportation careers and transportation needs of minorities. Since its inception COMTO currently has 39 chapters throughout the United States and over 3,000 members from various transportation-related corporations, small businesses, government agencies and universities. This chapter currently has 50 members representing businesses and government agencies throughout the 9-county San Francisco Bay Area.

COMTO's vision is to provide full access to employment, career and contract opportunities for minorities within the transportation industry. The mission of the Northern California Chapter of COMTO is to strengthen the position of minorities within the transportation industry in the following ways:

  • increase the number of minorities appointed to executive positions;
  • identify, recruit and develop emerging professionals for senior and executive level positions;
  • educate minority and women owned businesses about contract opportunities within the transit industry; and
  • assist communities in the areas of education, awareness and service equity.

COMTO will do the following to accomplish this mission:

  • promote, strengthen and expand the roles of minorities in all aspects of transportation;
  • establish networking seminars and business development workshops for MBE/WBES;
  • facilitate the link of public, private and academic institutions to support professional development among minorities in the transportation industry;
  • establish an online contract information databank; and
  • sponsor and conduct local, state and national forums that will enable the discussion of timely issues and topical concerns of the minority community.
  • Support programs that provide opportunities for youth to enter transportation related careers, including internships and scholarships.

If you find this mission and vision appealing, join COMTO Today!


Chapter President: Dana Lang, Grants Manager, City/County of San Francisco - Police Department.

Vice President: Terry Lightfoot, Public Involvement Manager, HNTB.

Treasurer: Raymond 'Dapo Odunlami, Program and Fund Administrator with the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) of the Bay Area.

Secretary: Shararaeh Tavafrashti, Consultant.






COMTO Northern California
PO BOX 71855
OAKLAND CA 94612-8055


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