Executive Team

Art Leahy

Chief Executive Officer
Southern California Regional Rail Authority

Art Leahy was appointed as Metrolink’s Chief Executive Officer and began in April 2015. He brings more than 40 years of public transportation leadership and experience to Metrolink.

One of the nation’s leading transit officials, Art Leahy served as chief executive officer of the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) for six years. During that time, he guided implementation of one of the largest public works programs in United States history, securing billions in federal and state dollars to help finance construction of dozens of transit and highway projects.

He led the completion of numerous projects funded by Los Angeles County’s Measure R. Metro has transit and highway projects valued at more than $14 billion, eclipsing that of any other transportation agency in the nation.

This includes an unprecedented five new rail projects under construction, including phase 2 of the Expo Line extension to Santa Monica and the Metro Gold Line Foothill Extension to Azusa, as well as the Crenshaw/LAX Transit Project, the Regional Connector in downtown Los Angeles, and the first phase of the Westside Purple Line subway extension to Wilshire and La Cienega. Leahy also launched a $1.2-billion overhaul of the Metro Blue Line and guided the purchase of a new fleet of rail cars. And he helped transform the iconic Union Station into the hub of the region’s expanding bus and rail transit network and led the agency’s acquisition of the 75-year-old iconic facility.

Though Metrolink is a separate transportation agency from Metro, the two agencies work collaboratively on multiple fronts to provide effective and efficient public transportation options for people throughout the region. For example, Metrolink and Metro worked together closely to ensure that Metrolink riders would continue to transfer seamlessly to all Metro subway, light rail and bus lines following implementation of the Metro TAP initiative.

Metrolink offers connections to nearly 30 other public transportation providers throughout Southern California at no additional cost. Other Metrolink transportation connections include the OCTA bus system, Riverside Transit Agency (RTA), Omnitrans in San Bernardino County and Ventura Intercity Service Transit Authority (VISTA). In addition, the Rail 2 Rail® program allows Metrolink Monthly Pass holders along the Orange and Ventura County corridors to travel on Amtrak Pacific Surfliner trains within the station pairs of their pass at no additional charge.

Prior to his tenure as Metro CEO, Leahy led OCTA (2001-2009) and served as the general manager of Metro Transit (1997-2001) in Minneapolis-St. Paul.

While at OCTA, Leahy led efforts to secure reauthorization of the $12 billion Measure M sales tax proposal, which gained 70 percent approval from Orange County voters in November 2006. Measure M led to the expansion of the county’s rail and bus systems, along with numerous enhancements of streets, highways, and traffic management systems.

Growing up in Highland Park community in Los Angeles, both of Leahy’s parents worked in transit and he followed in their footsteps. He started as a bus operator for the Southern California Rapid Transit District (SCRTD) in Los Angeles in 1971 and rose through the ranks to become chief operations officer before taking the position in Minneapolis.

Prior to earning a Masters of Public Administration degree from the University of Southern California in 1982, Leahy completed a Bachelor of Arts degree from California State University, Los Angeles in political science (1974) and certificate in transportation management (1973) from UCLA.

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Elissa Konove

Deputy Chief Executive Officer
Southern California Regional Rail Authority

Elissa joined Metrolink in September 2015. As the Deputy CEO, Elissa assists the CEO with direction and leadership to Metrolink. She provides leadership and support on budget, finance, and other Metrolink policies. She also works with external audiences and stakeholders and is the primary liaison to the Technical Advisory Committee.

Prior to joining Metrolink, Elissa served for seven years as the Chief Financial Officer of the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration (FHWA). She was responsible for overseeing Federal highway budget, financial, and acquisition matters, including the agency’s $40 billion annual budget, audit and accounting, grant management, and procurement activities. Elissa also served for two years as the FHWA Budget Director, where she led a staff in developing, presenting, and executing the FHWA annual budget.

Before her career at FHWA, Elissa spent five years at the White House Office of Management and Budget. While at OMB, she oversaw the formulation and execution of U.S. DOT agency budgets and coordinated surface transportation bill reauthorization and appropriation activities. She also served on a detail assignment to the Senate Budget Committee, where she was responsible for the transportation function during development of and negotiations on the Congressional budget resolution.

Elissa earned a Master's Degree in Public Policy from the University of Southern California and a Bachelor's Degree in Political Science from the University of California, Davis.

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Patricia Torres Bruno

Chief Administrative Officer
Southern California Regional Rail Authority

Patricia Torres Bruno joined Metrolink June 2015 as the Chief Administrative Officer leading the following departments: Government Affairs, Human Resources, Administrative Services, Board Relations and Board Secretary. Ms. Torres Bruno brings over 15 years of knowledge and experience in government relations, policy and communications.

Prior to joining Metrolink, Ms. Torres Bruno worked at the Los Angeles County Transportation Authority (Metro) as the Government Relations Administrator and more recently as the Chief of Policy. During her tenure at Metro, she worked on legislation that placed Measure R, a measure that provides up to $40 billion of transportation funding, on the ballot and introduced congestion pricing to Los Angeles County.

Ms. Torres Bruno began her career in policy and politics while working for the League of California Cities and then the Office of Mayor James K. Hahn with the City of Los Angeles. During her time at Mayor Hahn’s office, she served as the policy analyst and liaison to Los Angeles World Airports and the Department of Water and Power.

She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Criminology from UC Irvine and her Master’s degree in Public Policy from Claremont Graduate University.

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Gary Lettengarver

Chief Operating Officer
Southern California Regional Rail Authority

Gary Lettengarver began his career in the 1970s on The Penn Central Transportation Company, then known as Conrail, holding various positions in the Transportation Department.  Later working for Amtrak in the Operating Department for 12 years, Lettengarver came to Metrolink for its startup in 1992 and established its Dispatching Office, which he managed for 15 years. 

Lettengarver was promoted to Metrolink's Director of Operations in October 2008 and has been successful in overseeing the Operations and Security divisions, including management of freight contracts and the administration of the $54 million operating budget.  In his 20 years of employment with Metrolink, Lettengarver has had the privilege of working to make Metrolink the expansive system it is today.

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Ronnie Campbell

Chief Financial Officer
Southern California Regional Rail Authority

Bio and photo coming soon!

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Donald O. Del Rio

General Counsel
Southern California Regional Rail Authority

Don Del Rio joined Metrolink in early 2012 as its first in-house General Counsel. He brings over 20 years of legal experience from both private and public corporation as well as public agency environments, which includes San Diego Data Processing Corporation, Security Escrow & Trust, Inc., DVI Financial Services, Inc., and Bell Atlantic Corporation.

One of his first assignments is to establish a new legal department for Metrolink while providing daily advice and counsel to the CEO, senior staff as well as the Board of Directors. This will include areas of governance, a wide range of contractual and transactional matters affecting operations and procurement, assisting human resources staff and litigation management.

He received his BA from the University of California, Los Angeles, MBA from the University of Notre Dame, and JD from the University of California, Davis

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Patricia (Patty) Francisco

Director, Human Resources
Southern California Regional Rail Authority

Patricia (Patty) Francisco joined Metrolink in June 2014. She is responsible for the overall planning, management and administration of all HR programs while working collaboratively with the Senior Leadership Team, coworkers, other agency partners and members of the public.

Patty has 25 years of public sector human resources experience. She began her career in Human Resources at the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California (MWD) where she held progressively responsible positions from an HR Assistant to HR Manager. Prior to joining SCRRA, Patty served as the Director of Human Resources at the CRA/LA, a Designated Local Authority and Successor to the former Community Redevelopment Agency of the City of Los Angeles, where she held that position for 13.5 years.

Patty earned her Bachelor's degree in Public Administration from the University of Southern California (USC), and then went on to earn her Master’s degree in Human Resources Design from Claremont Graduate University.

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