Executive Management Team

Henry Li

General Manager/CEO
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Henry Li is a visionary leader with a proven track record of strategic innovations. During his extensive transportation career, he has successfully led and transformed several highly visible transit agencies in highly political, complex and dynamic metropolitan regions.

Henry is a recognized leader in the community and in the transit industry. He received American Public Transportation Association’s (APTA) 2019 Outstanding Public Transportation Manager Award, the highest honor given to only one transportation CEO throughout North America. In 2019, he also received the first Good Governance Award from the Sacramento Taxpayers Association for his outstanding leadership in defending taxpayer funds.

Since becoming General Manager/CEO in July 2016, Henry has been credited for the solid, rapid and comprehensive transformation of SacRT. Some of his achievements include:

  1. Cultivated a solid culture of "Customers First and Running SacRT as an Effective Business Enterprise," and dramatically improved all key aspects of operational performance, including safety, security, fiscal health, service delivery, state of good repair, customer satisfaction and on-time performance.
  2. Developed industry best in class safety and security performance as demonstrated by receiving the Gold Standard Award for system security, the highest recognition given to a transit agency, from the Transportation Security Administration (TSA). SacRT achieved a remarkable score of 98% in all 17 security and emergency preparedness categories and now has one of the lowest crime rates in the industry.
  3. Developed and inspired a top-notch leadership team and agency-wide staff to pursue excellence on all fronts with strong transparency and accountability.
  4. Actively pursued forward-thinking and innovative solutions to improve the customer experience, such as on-demand microtransit, mobile apps, micro-mobility options, electric and autonomous vehicles; developing the framework for future Mobility as a Service (MaaS) to create industry best practices.
  5. Having secured an initial $200 million grant, jump-started a comprehensive rail system modernization and expansion initiative, which includes investing in new low-floor rail vehicles, revitalizing aging infrastructure, implementing new technologies to improve reliability and safety, modernizing stations and expanding the system.
  6. Fostered a strong regional collaboration that led to annexation and/or unification of transit systems within the greater six-county Sacramento region to promote customer-friendly and integrated mobility solutions for regional economic growth, congestion mitigation, and air quality and environmental improvement.
  7. Significantly improved service delivery by providing reliable, consistent and convenient operations that puts customers first, backed by a well-prepared contingency plan for potential service outrages and disruptions.
  8. Re-imagined and optimized SacRT’s bus network, which has not been updated in 30 years. Dubbed as SacRT Forward, the redesigned bus routes features more frequent and direct service, seven days a week, more late night service and better integration with 15-minute light rail service frequency.
  9. Forged an unprecedented partnership with all member jurisdictions and school districts to offer K-12 grade students free rides beginning October 2019, which is the largest program of its kind in the nation.

Prior to his arrival at SacRT, Henry served as the Vice President of Finance and Administration/CFO at Jacksonville Transportation Authority (JTA), which was named APTA’s 2016 Outstanding Public Transportation System. His over 20 years of leadership in the industry include serving as Chief Financial and Administrative Officer for Hampton Roads Transit and Director of Administration for the Georgia State Road and Tollway Authority. He also held senior management positions at some of the largest transit agencies in the nation, including the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (MUNI) and the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA).

A recognized and respected industry leader, Henry has been an active participant in various prestigious leadership programs and boards such as: APTA Board since 2017 and various APTA committees; California Transit Association Executive Committee; State of California Transit Strategic Planning Committee; Treasurer of the Transportation Learning Center; Leadership Atlanta; Leadership DeKalb; Leadership Jacksonville in Florida; Virginia Senate Transit Advisory Committee; Jacksonville Mayor's Asian American Advisory Board; FTA Senior Leadership Program; and APTA European Innovative Financing Study Mission.

His service to the local community includes, but is not limited to: serving on the Downtown Sacramento Partnership Board; the Sacramento Asian Pacific Chamber of Commerce; President of Chinese Professionals Associations in Atlanta and Jacksonville; Greater Sacramento Competitive Economic Council; the Sacramento Mayor’s Commission on Climate Change; and the Sacramento Building Bridges Trade Delegation trip to China.

Under Henry’s leadership, SacRT has been recognized for various awards such as: FY20 Government Finance Officers Association’s Outstanding Budget Award; Greater Folsom Partnership’s 2019 Green Energy Award; National Metro Magazine’s 2018 Innovative Solutions Award; Sacramento Clean Cities 2018 Clean Air Champion Award; and the 50 Corridor Transportation Management Association’s 2018 Big Wheel Award; and the 2016 SACOG Salutes Award for Regional Collaboration.

Henry’s leadership gets results because he is a strategic thinker, creative problem-solver and swift executor. He is a strong change agent who has consistently delivered transformational and phenomenal results through visionary leadership, collaborative approach, and relentless pursuit of excellence for the advancement of public transportation.

He lives in Sacramento with his wife and enjoys hiking, biking and trying new cuisines.

 


Carmen Alba

VP of Bus Operations

Carmen Alba Acting VP of Operations is the Acting Vice President of Operations for the Sacramento Regional Transit District (SacRT) where she is responsible for day-to-day operations of Light Rail, Bus, Community Bus Service (CBS), Folsom service, Training, Facilities Maintenance, Microtransit and Accessible Services. She also plays a key role in the District-wide strategic initiatives.

Brent Bernegger

VP of Finance/CFO
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Brent brings more than 21 years of financial management experience in the areas of finance, accounting, and budget in both the private and public sectors. He began his work experience in the field of public accounting working for large notable firms such as Deloitte and KPMG. He then transitioned to working in finance for both privately and publicly held companies in the software development and technology space. Over the past 16 years, Brent has worked in the transportation field at SacRT. During his time at SacRT his departments have won numerous awards from the Government Finance Officers Association for both the Comprehensive Annual Financial Report and the Annual District Budget. At SacRT he has worked diligently to improve SacRT's financial position by leading a team of professionals that have received significant grant awards, renegotiated contracts, controlled costs, and streamlined processes. He currently oversees all aspects of the District's budget, financial services, treasury, grants, procurement, real estate, risk, and pension administration.
Brent earned a bachelor's degree in Business Management, with a Concentration in Accounting, from Sacramento State and holds his Certified Public Accounting License in California.

Laura Ham

VP of Planning and Engineering
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Laura currently holds the lead role in managing multiple planning and engineering projects. In her position, she provides executive direction and strategic management over the strategic planning, service planning, engineering, disadvantaged business enterprise and internal audit functions. Laura has been with RT for over 19 years in multiple management roles and is committed to continuous improvement of transit service delivery and customer service excellence for the organization.


Lisa Hinz

VP of Safety, Security and Customer Satisfaction
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Lisa Hinz is responsible for oversight of all of SacRT's contracted police officers, which include law enforcement professionals from the Sacramento Police Department and Sacramento Sheriff's Department. Lisa manages SacRT's Safety Department ,Security Operations Center, Transit Ambassador program, private security guards and Customer Satisfaction Division.

Lisa is a 28.5 year veteran of the Sacramento Police Department, where she worked her way up the ranks to Captain of Outreach and Engagement Services. There, Lisa participated in many innovative programs and initiatives, including creating and leading the Kops 'N Kids camp for Sacramento youth, developing a Youth Services Unit and developing strong partnerships with local agencies and businesses. Prior to her promotion to Captain, Lisa worked in SacRT Police Services as a Lieutenant for two years.

Lisa was raised in Sacramento and attend Sacramento State University earning a Bachelors Degree in Criminal Justice. Lisa has a Masters Degree in Law Enforcement and Public Safety Leadership from the University of San Diego.
Lisa currently sits on a National Board called "Strategies for Youth."


Devra Selenis

VP of Communications and Partnerships
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As VP of Communications and Partnerships for the Sacramento Regional Transit District (SacRT), Devra Selenis leads SacRT's Communication, Marketing, Public Information and Government Affairs teams. Devra is a long-standing colleague at SacRT, having distinguished herself in a variety of positions within the agency over the course of 19 years. In her current role, she oversees the marketing and communications; media relations; community engagement; partnership building and government affairs programs that support SacRT's strategic initiatives. Prior to her arrival at SacRT, Devra had an extensive career directing the marketing, communication and public relations endeavors for a high-tech visual branding company, and a global background screening and reporting firm. During her tenure at SacRT, Devra's team has received several distinguished regional, state and national awards for marketing and public outreach, including the 2021 American Planning Association's Award of Merit in Public Outreach; 2020 American Public Transportation Association's First Place AdWheel Award for Comprehensive Outreach Campaign; 2020 California Association of Public Information Officials EPIC Award for Public Awareness Campaign; 2020 California Association of Public Information Officials Award of Distinction Community Relations/Participation Campaign; and 2008 American Public Transportation Association's First Place AdWheel Award for Print Media. Devra is an alumnus of the University of Miami, Florida holding a Bachelor of Arts in Marketing and Advertising. She currently serves on the boards for the Power Inn Alliance, R Street Partnership and Sacramento Transportation Management Association.


Edna Stanley

VP of Light Rail Operations
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Edna Stanley has over 20 years of transit experience and maintains executive level operational oversight of SacRT's Light Rail Operations. She oversees day-to-day transportation responsibilities, and critical business and support functions, including training. Edna directs the development of service delivery plans to efficiently manage SacRT's light rail services including daily operations, maintenance, and the Operations Control Center.
Edna comes to SacRT from Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (LA Metro) where she served as a Superintendent of light rail service operations. Prior to LA Metro, she was the Manager of Station Operations at the San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District (BART), and a Superintendent at the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA).
Edna serves on the Southern California Cohort of the Government Alliance on Race & Equity (GARE); a federal initiative focused on systematically advancing racial equity across jurisdictions nation-wide. She is also a member the APTA International Rail Rodeo Committee, the League of Railway Women, the Conference of Minority Transportation Officials (COMTO), and WTS International. In her spare time, she loves to bake cakes and travel around the world.


Shelly Valenton

VP of Integrated Services and Strategic Initiatives
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As the Vice President of Integrated Services and Strategic Initiatives, Shelly Valenton provides oversight to the Human Resources, Labor Relations, Customer Satisfaction, Information Technology and Board Support departments. She ensures the integration and cross-functional alignment of these functions while also leading various agency-wide strategic initiatives and special projects for the General Manager/CEO.
Before joining SacRT in February 2019, Shelly served on the Executive Leadership Team at San Joaquin Delta Community College District (Delta College) as the Director of Marketing, Communications and Outreach. Prior to that position, Shelly worked at San Joaquin Regional Transit District (RTD) for over seven years, handling major projects and strategic initiatives and leading the agency’s marketing and community engagement efforts. RTD received APTA’s Transit System of the Year Award in 2018.
Shelly’s work on project management and marketing both at RTD and Delta College garnered regional and national awards, including an APTA AdWheel grand prize award and various awards from the National Council for Marketing and Public Relations. She also served on the board of the California Community College Public Relations Organization. Shelly holds a Transit Paratransit Management Certificate, a Master’s Degree in Business Administration and a BA in Communication. She lives in Elk Grove with her husband and two children.

 

Organization Information

SacRT District Organization Chart