Sound Transit Deputy CEO Celia Kupersmith to retire

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Key Sound Transit staff member will leave effective Aug. 3 to move closer to family

Sound Transit CEO Joni Earl announced to agency staff on May 16 that Deputy CEO Celia Kupersmith will retire effective Aug. 3.

"I have loved every moment at Sound Transit and am pleased by all we have accomplished in my time here but my 2-year old grandson is calling so I am moving on to spend more time with him."

Earl credited Kupersmith, who joined the agency in 2010, with making major contributions during her tenure.

"Celia's leadership has been invaluable. Her considerable operations experience helped improve our efficiency and the quality of our service," Earl said. "She also improved our budget process, served as a mentor to senior management and led the agency with a strong, steady hand during my unexpected medical leave of absence last year. She will definitely be missed."

Prior to joining Sound Transit, Kupersmith served as the General Manager/CEO of the Golden Gate Bridge, Highway, and Transportation District for 11 years and before that was Executive Director of the Regional Transportation Commission in Reno, Nevada.

The agency is working on a recruitment strategy for replacing Kupersmith.