Cleveland, OH – The Greater Cleveland Regional Authority (RTA) has appointed Natoya J. Walker Minor as Deputy General Manager of Administration and External Affairs. Ms. Walker Minor brings 30 years’ experience working in external affairs and public administration in positions of increasing responsibility, most recently as the Chief of Public Affairs for the City of Cleveland. Ms. Walker Minor will begin in her new role at RTA on March 8.
“We are pleased to welcome Ms. Walker Minor to the RTA leadership team,” said RTA’s CEO and General Manager India Birdsong. “We look forward to incorporating her communications experience and energetic management style while advancing our footprint in the community.”
“After a very competitive national search we were delighted to find Ms. Walker Minor to be a great fit for our agency’s reinvigorated commitment to community engagement and stakeholder partnerships,” Birdsong said.
Ms. Walker Minor has provided strategic leadership, policy and operational direction for multiple departments within the City of Cleveland since 2006, where she first served as Special Assistant to the Mayor, Public Affairs until 2008. She then became Deputy Chief, Operations & Interim Director in the Office of Equal Opportunity from 2009 to 2010 before being appointed Chief of Public Affairs.
“Public transit is foundational for regional economic competitiveness and building stronger more vibrant communities,” said Walker Minor. “I look forward to becoming a member of this dynamic team to advocate and advance the necessity of public transit.”
“On behalf of the citizens of the City of Cleveland, I want to thank Ms. Natoya J. Walker Minor for her work as the Chief of Public Affairs and congratulate her on her new role as the Deputy General Manager, Administration and External Affairs for the Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority,” said Mayor Frank G. Jackson. “I know that she will do a great job in her new position, as she has done as a member of my Administration and Cabinet for the last 15 years. I wish Natoya well in her new position at RTA.”
Ms. Walker Minor holds a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of Toledo and earned a Master of Public Administration as a National Urban Fellow from City University of New York. She is currently pursuing a Doctorate of Executive Leadership from the University of Charleston, WV.