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Governor Baker Appoints Chanda Smart to MBTA Board

Updated: Apr 5, 2023



Exciting News!


As one of his last official duties as Governor, Charlie Baker, on January 3rd, appointed Chanda Smart to the MBTA Board of Directors.


And, of course, we couldn't be prouder!




Chanda's extensive local knowledge, her considerable project management experience, and her deep ties to the community will only enhance the MBTA Board's expertise.


Read the entire press release here:



Governor Baker Appoints Chanda Smart of Roxbury

to the MBTA Board of Directors

BOSTON – Governor Charlie Baker today announced the appointment of Chanda Smart of Roxbury to the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) Board of Directors. Smart will serve as the board's designated member representing environmental justice populations and replaces member Travis McCready who has served on the Board since the fall of 2021.

“Chanda Smart has years of professional experience with budgets and project management which will serve her well as a member of the MBTA Board of Directors,” said Governor Charlie Baker. “We are pleased Chanda has accepted this appointment and we would like to thank Travis McCready for his service as a director.”

“Chanda Smart has demonstrated her dedication to improving the quality of life in the communities where she has lived and worked,” said Lt. Governor Karyn Polito. “We are confident Chanda will bring her commitment to the public good to her role as a member of the MBTA Board of Directors.”

Chanda Smart is a developer with OnyxGroup Development, LLC, in Boston and has been a licensed Massachusetts Real Estate Agent since 2016. Previously, she worked as a faculty administrator at the Harvard Law School, where she managed internal (Harvard Law School) and external (Guinier Foundation) budgets. Ms. Smart’s career has also included positions at State Street, Serica Technologies, Nanobiosysm, and Archemix Corporation.

Ms. Smart’s non-profit work and civic work include serving on the Boards of the Children’s Advocacy Center, the Madison Park Development Corporation, Mayor Michelle Wu’s Committee on Rent Stabilization, and as a Committee Member with Abundant Housing of Massachusetts.

The MBTA Board of Directors replaced the Fiscal & Management Control Board. It consists of seven members, including the Secretary of Transportation and one member with municipal government experience. The additional five members are appointed by the Governor, and they include a rider and resident of an environmental justice population, and a person recommended by the President of the AFL-CIO.

For more information on the MBTA Board, please visit: MBTA Board of Directors | Leadership at The MBTA | MBTA

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