ABA Names New Vice President of Government Affairs (March 19, 2015)
American Bus Association President and CEO Peter Pantuso today announced Suzanne Te Beau Rohde as ABA's new Vice President of Government Affairs beginning April 1, 2015. Suzanne will lead the association's legislative, regulatory, policy and lobbying efforts to support the motorcoach, tour and travel industry.
Suzanne has a 20-year career in senior-level transportation- and safety-related areas, including her most recent position as Special Assistant to National Transportation Safety Board Member Earl Weener. She will succeed ABA's Senior Vice President of Government Affairs and Policy, Clyde Hart, who is retiring after 14 years of service to ABA and the motorcoach, tour and travel industry.
At the NTSB, Suzanne managed Member Weener's office and advised him on legal and policy matters related to various transportation operations and the Board's investigative process. She also assisted in executing the NTSB's advocacy efforts in support of the Board's annual "Most Wanted List" of safety issues. Suzanne's particular focus was on surface transportation safety, engaging on legislative, regulatory and policy matters. She also promoted safety by building several government and industry partnerships and routinely engaging with industry representatives from all modes of transportation.
Prior to joining the NTSB, Suzanne served as the Chief Counsel of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, the senior legal advisor to the Administrator and U.S. Department of Transportation leadership. In this role, she led 24 staff attorneys and provided legal guidance and strategic support in terms of policy and regulatory development and execution.
From 2002-2004, she served as Vice President of Government Affairs and Affirmative Action at the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA), where she managed government relations at the federal, state and local levels. During this time, she restructured the CTA's government affairs office and positioned the transit agency to receive funding in the 2005 federal surface transportation reauthorization bill, SAFETEA-LU.
Suzanne also held other key legislative and policy-related positions in the federal government, including working directly for the Secretary of Transportation as well as for various modal administrators. She also served on Capitol Hill as Staff Counsel to the U.S. House of Representatives' Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure from 1995 to 2001.
Suzanne earned her Juris Doctorate from the Columbus School of Law at Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., and her undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.
"Suzanne has devoted her professional career to transportation policy and safety," said ABA President and CEO Peter Pantuso. "With her 20-year history of success in key transportation leadership positions, she is the right person to lead ABA's government affairs and policy efforts. On behalf of ABA's members and Board of Directors, we welcome Suzanne to the motorcoach, tour and travel industry."