Mpact (formerly Rail-Volution)

Chief Executive Officer

To Apply

Mpact has retained the services of Harris Rand Lusk to conduct this search. Inquiries, nominations, and applications may be directed in confidence to:

Christopher Boylan, Director of Transportation & Infrastructure
Harris Rand Lusk
260 Madison Avenue, 15th Floor
New York, NY  10016

Email cover letter and resume to: cboylan@harrisrand.com

About Mpact

Mpact (formerly “Rail-Volution”) gathers and supports a large and diverse network of leaders, professionals and advocates who see the potential for transit, mobility, land use and development to create great places to live, especially for those excluded from access to opportunity.

The Mpact network shares the belief that the focus of any new urban investment is not so much the project, but the people and what they want the infrastructure of their community to become.

Through its annual conference, informational exchanges and place-based programs, Mpact engages diverse public & private stakeholders to share, learn, and connect. Its focus is to equip individuals, organizations and regions with the power and ability to integrate transit, land use and community development decisions with what is important for each community, keeping transit and mobility options at the center of urban decision making.

Essential Functions and Responsibilities of the CEO

Mpact is seeking to hire a Chief Executive Officer (CEO) to be a strategic and visionary leader, as well as a passionate ambassador for Mpact’s urban infrastructure vision that integrates transit and mobility issues with housing and community development policies to produce tangible outcomes.  The Mpact CEO will:

  • Work with the Board of Directors, the National Steering Committee, and a geographically diverse/physically diverse staff, to help set the organization’s strategic direction, as well as manage and oversee all of the organization’s activities and programs, and administrative functions.
  • Be the highly visible and passionate champion of the organization, representing Mpact not only to its members, but to a host of other stakeholders/potential partners in business, government and civic communities;
  • Plan, organize, direct and advance the organization’s strategic activities, priorities and reputation as a catalyst for equitable transit-oriented communities;
  • Under the direction of the Board of Directors and in partnership with the National Steering Committee, expand Mpact’s visibility and engagement with stakeholders and volunteers through programming, advocacy, fundraising, thought leadership and networking opportunities;
  • Collaborate on the development and management of Mpact’s budget, with a focus on growing both the organzation’s fundraising efforts and advancing its mission.

Required Skills and Abilities

  • Ability to communicate Mpact’s vision and mission with passion and authenticity to diverse audiences within the transit and development community with the intent of helping to shape public policies that reflect that mission;
  • Experience in collaborating with, building, and maintaining strategic partner and peer organization relationships with constituencies in transit, housing, and urban development fields, in order to expand the reach of the organization;
  • Experience working with a Board to ensure it is kept abreast of financial and operating metrics and are fully engaged in policy development and critical decision-making;
  • Ability to leverage emerging management techniques, technologies and networking to enhance the Mpact brand across North America;
  • Experience cultivating new sources of revenue from individuals, memberships, corporations, governments, and foundations;
  • Executive financial planning, management, analysis, and knowledge of nonprofit business practices and legal experience that achieve optimal operational/programmatic performance;
  • Extensive experience building and leading teams in order to inspire teams to do their best work and create culture where everyone belongs;;
  • Experience with governing boards and commitment to best practices in non-profit management, and ethics;
  • Commitment to diversity, equity & inclusion, including diversification of Mpact’s members, Board, supplier chain, National Steering Committee and staff, positioning Mpact as a leading voice in equitable transit and urban development practices and policies.

Educational/Leadership Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s or Advanced Degree in public administration, urban affairs, transportation, communications, marketing, organizational management, or related field.
  • A seasoned leader with a minimum of 10-15 years of progressively responsible and visionary experience leading/managing government or nonprofit entities with similar focus related to the integration of transit, housing, and community disciplines.


Competitive, dependent on experience.

122 East 42nd Street, Suite 3605, New York, NY 10168