, Tempe Councilmember
and Board member for both the Valley Metro and METRO transit agencies, received the 2012 Maricopa Association of Governments'
Regional Excellence Award last night.
As a councilmember for Tempe, she
has extended her
role as a local city elected official to serve as a key regional leader in transportation.
As Chair of the Valley Metro Board in 2011 and Board member of METRO, she was instrumental in the development of unified leadership with the recent hiring of a single CEO for both agencies.
Ellis' leadership has been demonstrated by her
consistency in goals and direction for both Boards.
has continually shown her
passion and commitment to serving and improving the region's public transit system.
has supported many regional, multi-faceted efforts with the support and expansion of light rail, development of the Valley Metro Mobility Center
, participation in Clean Air Campaign Awards luncheons, and being part of the student-designed bus wrap unveilings.