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About the Committee

Many years ago, WSTA had a Finance Officers Roundtable that met regularly to discuss issues relating to finance in the transit sector. From looking back at our records, it seems this committee hasn't been active for at least 15 years. In 2012, several of our members expressed interest in re-establishing this committee to be able to once again have a group dedicated to discussing and sharing information related to finance.

We had the inaugural meeting of the WSTA Finance Committee on March 27, 2013. Some of our members who helped spark interest for this committee are also part of the Washington State Transit Insurance Pool (WSTIP) Board of Directors.  We will work to coordinate these meetings every quarter when the WSTIP Board Meeting occurs to minimize travel and take advantage of everyone being together.

This group will be called the WSTA Finance Officers Leadership Committee (WSTA-FOLC) and adopted committee by-laws in June 2013.

Any member of WSTA who is a Chief Financial Officer and/or other appropriate staff who perform finance-related functions are welcome to attend.  

WSTA charges registration fees for committee meetings when necessary to cover the costs of food, room rental, materials, etc. As a meeting date approaches, registration will open and more details will be available.

Committee Leadership

The Committee elects a new Committee Chair, Vice Chair and Secretary each year. The 2017 elected officers are:

  • Chair: Brenda Lamb, Link Transit
  • Vice Chair: Shonda Shipman, Whatcom Transportation Authority
  • Secretary: Melinda Smithson, Clallam Transit System


How to Get Involved


If you'd like more information or would like to be added to our Finance Committee contact list, please contact Justin Leighton at


 2017 Meetings



September 27, 2017



Hilton Garden Inn Olympia

2101 Henderson Park Lane South East, Olympia, WA 98501


Meeting Room

Cedar Meeting Room



 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.



WSTA does not have a block of rooms but you are more than welcome to call the Hilton Garden Inn Olympia at 360- 236-9934 and ask for a room at the per diem rate. If you have any problems getting a room, please email Melanie at and she will get you squared away.



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