Lona Edwards Hankins

Regional Transit Authority of New Orleans

Lona Edwards Hankins serves as the New Orleans Regional Transit Authority’s chief executive officer. Previously, she served as the RTA’s chief of infrastructure and long-term planning. In that position, she oversaw the development and execution of capital assets and the implementation of infrastructure improvement projects across all modes of the Authority’s transit operations and administration. In her over 30 years of work experience in the industrial and public sector, Hankins has spearheaded the rebuilding of New Orleans schools during the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Previously serving as the director of major capital projects for the Recovery School District (RSD), she completed over $2.0 billion in projects across 40 school campuses for the children of New Orleans.