Veronique “Ronnie” Hakim is Interim Executive Director of the New York State Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Photo by Deanne Fitzmaurice

Veronique Hakim

Veronique “Ronnie” Hakim is Interim Executive Director of the New York State Metropolitan Transportation Authority.

She is the first woman to head the MTA and the first woman to serve as President of MTA New York City Transit. The MTA moves almost 9 million daily customers, including 8 million on New York City Transit. She was previously the Executive Director of New Jersey Transit and the New Jersey Turnpike Authority.

“During both world wars, women stepped into non-traditional work roles left open by the millions of men who had gone off to defend our country. And by all accounts, they performed splendidly. However, today we don’t need extraordinary circumstances to encourage women to take jobs in fields traditionally filled by their husbands, fathers, and sons. With women considering jobs in manufacturing, construction and leadership roles in the transportation industry, the talent pool has increased, and employers benefit from a field of workers who can bring a new perspective to the job. But most importantly of all, women have an increased opportunity to launch lucrative and rewarding careers.”