The Transportation Research Board is seeking nominations for the Sharon D. Banks Award for Humanitarian Leadership in Transportation, which recognizes excellence in people-oriented initiatives throughout the mobility sector.
[Above photo via TRB]
TRB established this award in 2002 to honor the late Sharon D. Banks (above at far left), who passed away in 1999. Banks served as general manager of AC Transit in Oakland, CA, from 1991 to 1999 and as chairwoman of the TRB Executive Committee in 1998.
She was nationally known for her personal integrity, for nurturing and mentoring young transportation professionals, and for bringing together people of diverse backgrounds and commitments in the pursuit of organizational excellence, TRB said.
The organization noted it presents the Sharon D. Banks Award every two years to individuals whose accomplishments go beyond general managerial excellence; emulating her caring nature and depth of character by making a significant difference in the lives of those who use, deliver, or support transportation services.
TRB noted the award recipient will be an individual who exemplifies Sharon Banks’ ideals and who has a documented record of innovative and successful leadership in areas such as the education, training, and mentoring of transportation professionals; community-sensitive transportation facilities and services; and other people-oriented initiatives that bring together individuals of diverse backgrounds in the pursuit of excellence.
The deadline for nominations is July 31 and the award will be given during the Chair’s Plenary Session on January 10, 2024, during the TRB 103rd Annual Meeting.