Election Bios

Please see the bios below for the upcoming election for the AMPO Board, AMPO President and Vice President. Additional information will be sent on the election process.

For the Association of MPOs’ 2018-2020 Class for the Board of Directors—

The elected persons for these seats will serve 3 years on the AMPO Board. There are 6 candidates for the 3 open seats:

R. Todd Ashby, AICP – is the Executive Director/CEO of the Des Moines Area Metropolitan Planning Organization. His previous work experience includes: Account Manager for TMS Management; Senior Project Manager, Snyder & Associates; Senior Project Manager/Planner, CH2M Hill; Assistant Director of Transportation, Mid-America Regional Council in Kansas City; and Missouri Department of Transportation. He attended the University of Missouri where he received a Masters of Pubic Administration and Iowa State University where he received a Bachelor of Science in Community and Regional Planning. Todd serves on many organizations, including: Polk County Aviation Authority Board, Association of Metropolitan Planning Organizations Board, National Association of Regional Council’s Executive Directors Council, Iowa Freight Advisory Council, Professional Advisory Committee-College of Design, Iowa State University, Cyclone Gridiron Club Board, Metro Arts Alliance Board, Ankeny Kiwanis Club Board, and the Ankeny Alumni Association Board. Told also enjoys traveling with his wife Kerry, golfing poorly, reading, and cooking.

Fernando de Aragón is the Staff Director of the Ithaca-Tompkins County Transportation Council, the MPO for the Ithaca urbanized area in upstate NY. Mr. de Aragón has been working in the field of transportation planning for twenty-seven years and has been with the ITCTC since 1998. Mr. de Aragón was born and raised in Puerto Rico. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Natural Resources Management and Master’s in City and Regional Planning from Rutgers University in New Brunswick, NJ, and a Doctorate in Energy Management and Policy from the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. He currently sits on the board of several community organizations including the Cayuga Lake Scenic Byway, Ithaca Carshare, Bike Walk Tompkins, the Latino Civic Association of Tompkins County and the local Loaves & Fishes program. He is also a member of the American Planning Association. For fun he likes to cycle the beautiful Finger Lakes country side, enjoys vegetable gardening and, on occasion, dabbles in the letters. His novel, Dos Santos, was published in 2011 and this year won an award for its translation into Spanish (

Ron E. Mitchum has served as Executive Director of the Berkeley-Charleston-Dorchester Council of Governments (BCDCOG) since 1993. Prior to his appointment as Executive Director, he served as the Agency’s Technical Assistance Manager, servicing a variety of programs on behalf of the Agency. Ron is responsible for the agency’s overall work program which includes activities in areas such as land use planning, transportation planning, water quality management, financial management, workforce development, and community and economic development. In addition to overseeing the administration of the BCDCOG, Ron also is responsible for the overall management of the Charleston Area Transportation Study (CHATS) Policy Committee, which is the Region’s Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO). He also serves as Executive Director of the Berkeley-Charleston-Dorchester Regional Development Corporation. Ron is also the Executive Director of the rural transit system in the Region, TriCounty Link. TriCounty Link operates 9 small urban regular fixed routes and 4 commuter routes that provide services to the rural area of the region. Ron is active in a number of professional organizations/associations such as the National Association of Development Organizations, the National Association of Regional Councils, the Association of Metropolitan Planning Organizations, the American Planning Association, SC Economic Developer’s Association, SC City/County Managers Association and the Southeastern Regional Directors Institute. Ron holds a Master of Public Administration Degree from the University of South Carolina.

Gregory Stuart, Executive Director, is the chief executive officer of the Broward Metropolitan Planning Organization (Southeast Florida) and is responsible for all the functions under the direction of the Broward Metropolitan Planning Organization Board of Directors.  He focuses on creating new partnerships while expanding existing partnerships. Gregory is vice-chair of the statewide Metropolitan Planning Organization Advisory Council, chair of the statewide Freight Committee and serves on the national Association of Metropolitan Planning Organizations Policy Committee.    Greg brings over 27 years of experience working in both the public and private sector.  His public-sector experience includes progressively responsible management at the municipal, county and state levels.  Greg has focused on land use, transportation and environmental planning.  He has secured millions Federal appropriations for major transportation projects, modified state rules to facilitate traffic mitigation, stimulated redevelopment efforts and helped implement a dynamic water reuse project.   Greg’s private sector experience includes component manufacturing, logistics, zoning and land use.

David Wessel has managed the Flagstaff Metropolitan Planning Organization for the past twelve years and served as its planner since 1997.  He has overseen the creation of four regional transportation plans for the FMPO and was instrumental in passage of several transportation sales tax initiatives.  He is currently engaging the FMPO Executive Board to implement a new strategic plan refocusing MPO priorities.  He will work closely with the City and a newly-formed Flagstaff Transportation Tax Commission to fund transportation priorities for the next 20-years.  Prior to arriving in Flagstaff he served as co-director for the Bannock Planning Organization, the MPO in Pocatello, Idaho.  He started there as a land use planner and produced comprehensive plans for several communities.  He has a masters in community planning from the University of Maryland at College Park and a bachelors in park management from Colorado State University.  Mr. Wessel has presented on panels at the TRB national conference in 2010, the AMPO National Conference in 2009, and at the American Planning Association conference.  He served on a TRB research panel on land use and transportation in 2010.  Mr. Wessel has also served on numerous statewide efforts in cooperation with the Arizona Department of Transportation including service on the project management team for the statewide transportation plan and the technical advisory committees for the Statewide Freight Plan and Corridor Profiles.  Mr. Wessel currently serves on the AMPO Board.

Jim Wild is the Executive Director of the East-West Gateway Council of Governments, the Metropolitan Planning Organization for St. Louis, which represents the 2.6 million residents of the city of St. Louis and the surrounding seven counties in Illinois and Missouri. Jim started at East-West Gateway in 1993 as a transportation analyst and held a variety of positions before his appointment as executive director in 2015. During his 24 years at East-West Gateway, Jim’s primary responsibilities have included overseeing the council’s freight, intelligent transportation systems, bicycle/pedestrian, paratransit, and transportation safety programs as well as development and implementation of the Regional Transportation Plan and the Transportation Improvement Program. In addition to transportation, East-West Gateway developed OneSTL, the region’s sustainability plan, provides local government, research and environmental services and through its St. Louis Area Regional Response System coordinates planning and response for large-scale critical incidents. Before coming to St. Louis, Jim worked at Tri-County Regional Planning Commission, the MPO for Peoria, IL. Jim received his Bachelor of Science in Community and Regional Planning from Iowa State University.


For office of President of the Association of MPOs—

The AMPO President’s term is one year. This person may run for one more year following. In both cases, the term is one year.  There is one person for one seat.

Craig Lyon is the Transportation Planning Manager for the Municipality of Anchorage’s Planning Department. Craig has served as the Coordinator for AMATS since July 2003. Prior to that he worked as a legislative aide in the Alaska Legislature. His professional responsibilities include development of the Transportation Improvement Program (programming of federal highway funding) and the Unified Planning Work Program (UPWP). He oversees the professional planning staff of AMATS. During his tenure with AMATS he has worked to increase citizen involvement in transportation planning by coordinating the creation of a Freight Advisory Committee, and Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee and a revamped Citizens Advisory Committee.

He holds a BA in Government from Norwich University and a BA in Elementary Education from UAA. A lifelong Alaskan, Mr. Lyon serves on the Board of Directors of the Association of Metropolitan Planning Organization and is the Secretary for the Board.   When he isn’t involved in transportation planning he enjoys all that Alaska has to offer with his wife and 4 children and especially likes spoiling his 3 grandchildren whenever he gets the chance.


For office of Vice President of the Association of MPO—

The AMPO Vice President’s term is one year. This person may run for one more year following. In both cases, the term is one year.  There is one person for one seat.

Ashby Johnson is the Executive Director of the Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (CAMPO), which is the metropolitan planning organization for the six-county central Texas region and has served in that capacity since August 2014. Ashby also served as the Deputy MPO Director at the Houston-Galveston Area Council, which is the transportation planning agency for the eight-county greater Houston region for the preceding 11 years. Prior to H-GAC, he spent eight years with the Federal Highway Administration’s Office of Planning and one year with the Federal Transit Administration’s Office of Planning. Prior to USDOT, Ashby spent five years with the Texas Department of Transportation in the Environmental Affairs Division. He holds a Bachelors degree in Government and a Masters in Community and Regional Planning from the University of Texas at Austin.