Leslie S. Richards

Southeastern Pennslyvania Transportation Authority

Leslie S. Richards is the 11th General Manager of Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA). Prior to being named General Manager, Ms. Richards served as Secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation.While serving as Secretary, Richards received the Villanova CSE Justice Done Award, which names her as an ally in the fight to end sex trafficking and commercial sexual exploitation in Pennsylvania.

She previously served as the vice chair of the Montgomery County Board of Commissioners, and before being elected Commissioner, was chair of the Whitemarsh Township Board of Supervisors.

A recognized leader in transportation and planning, Ms. Richards also previously served as Chair of the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission, chair of the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission, and as a member of the SEPTA Board.

Prior to her public service, she worked in the private sector as a senior project manager for environmental and civil engineering firms. Ms. Richards earned a bachelor’s degree in economics and urban studies from Brown University, and a master’s degree in regional planning from the University of Pennsylvania. She has three children and lives with her husband in Montgomery County.

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