East County’s BART Director Joel Keller is Board Vice President

The BART Board of Directors welcomed two newly elected members on Thursday, December 20, 2012 and voted to elect Director Tom Radulovich as President and Director Joel Keller as Vice President of the Board.

During today’s meeting, Rebecca Saltzman, elected by voters in November to represent District 3, was administered the oath of office by Oakland City Councilmember Libby Schaaf. Zakhary Mallett, elected to represent District 7, was sworn in by State Senator Jim Beall (D-San Jose).

“It’s an exciting time to serve on the BART Board and as the newly elected President, I am pleased to welcome Directors Saltzman and Mallett to our dais,” said Board President Radulovich. “Both are transit advocates with years of experience connecting the dots between transit, the environment and a healthy regional economy.”

Rebecca Saltzman, District 3

Saltzman, who lives in Oakland, is a public transit and policy advocate who also works as a government affairs manager for a statewide environmental organization. Saltzman also serves as Vice-Chair of the Oakland Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee, where she advises the City of Oakland on pedestrian and bicycle policy and infrastructure. She graduated with a BA in Sociology from the University of California, Berkeley.

Zakhary Mallett, District 7

Mallett, a Bay Area native residing in El Sobrante, is a City/Transportation Planner by profession. A transit advocate for more than ten years, he has participated civically in several transportation study initiatives while advocating for investments that allow transit to be a viable and competitive alternative to driving. He earned his Bachelor’s degree in Urban Studies from Stanford University and has a Master of City Planning (MCP) degree with a Transportation Planning emphasis from the University of California, Berkeley.

Keller joined the BART Board when voters elected him in November 1994. He was sworn into office on December 14, 1994. His colleagues on the BART Board of Directors chose him to serve as President in 2002 and 2005, and Vice President in 1998, 2001 and 2004. Director Keller represents the 2nd BART District, which includes Antioch, Bay Point, Bethel Island, Brentwood, Byron, Clyde, Concord (partial), Discovery Bay, El Sobrante, Knightsen, Oakley, Pacheco (partial), Pittsburg and Vine Hill (partial).

Director Keller serves as Chairperson of BART’s Engineering and Operations Committee and is a member of the Board’s District Security Advocacy Ad Hoc and eBART Policy Advisory, as well as other committees.

For more information on Keller, click here.

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