3. Board committees

The Sound Transit Board has permanent committees that focus on different areas of agency business:

Executive Committee

The Executive Committee's responsibilities include oversight and review of board rules and structure, agency policies, legislative planning, government relations and communications strategies. The committee also evaluates systemwide program strategies and budgets and the CEO's performance. The committee has the authority to approve transactions for systemwide programs that exceed the CEO's level of authority and are under $50 million.

Meeting schedule: Executive Committee meetings are the first Thursday of each month from 10:30 a.m. to noon.

Committee members: John Marchione (Chair); Kent Keel (Vice Chair); Paul Roberts (Vice Chair); Claudia Balducci; Dow Constantine; Bruce Dammeier; Jenny Durkan; Dave Somers; Victoria Woodards 

Rider Experience and Operations Committee

The Rider Experience and Operations Committee oversees the agency's operating plans and transit services as well as activities and communications affecting the rider experience. The committee recommends the annual service delivery and agency administration budgets, and system enhancement, state of good repair project budgets to the Finance and Audit Committee and/or board. The committee has the authority to approve operating and administration transactions that exceed the CEO's level of authority and are under $50 million.

Meeting schedule: Rider Experience and Operations Committee meetings are the first Thursday of each month from 1 to 3 p.m.

Committee members: Paul Roberts (Chair); Joe McDermott (Vice Chair); David Baker; Dave Earling; Kent Keel; Kim Roscoe; Pete von Reichbauer

System Expansion Committee

The System Expansion Committee oversees projects that expand transit options in the region including scope, budget, schedule and construction activities, and strategies for project development and delivery. The committee recommends system expansion project budgets to the Finance and Audit Committee and/or board. The committee has the authority to approve system expansion program transactions that exceed the CEO's level of authority and are under $50 million.

Meeting schedule: System Expansion Committee meetings are the second Thursday of each month from 1:30 to 4 p.m.

Committee members: Claudia Balducci (Chair); Victoria Woodards (Vice Chair); Nancy Backus; David Baker; Dave Earling; Kent Keel; Dave Upthegrove

Finance and Audit Committee

The Finance and Audit Committee is responsible for the oversight/review of the agency's financial plan, financial statements, internal and external audits and internal controls. The committee also reviews strategies for asset liability management, investments, debt and risks, and approves performance audits to be conducted by the Internal Audit Division. The committee recommends the annual budget to the Board upon recommendations from other committees. 

Meeting schedule: The Finance and Audit Committee meetings are the third Thursday of the month on a quarterly basis from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Committee members: Nancy Backus (Chair); Bruce Dammeier (Vice Chair); Dow Constantine; Jenny Durkan; John Marchione; Joe McDermott; Roger Millar; Dave Somer