Henrika Buchanan-Smith: Associate Administrator for Program Management
Henrika Buchanan-Smith is the Associate Administrator for Program Management for the Federal Transit Administration (FTA). She oversees FTA's transit investment programs, including fixed guideway capital investments, bus and bus facilities, state of good repair, transit asset management, public transportation emergency relief, enhanced mobility of seniors and individuals with disabilities, and the urban and rural formula assistance.
Together, these programs, totaling approximately $12 billion annually, provide capital and operating assistance to maintain, improve, expand, and rehabilitate the nation's public transportation infrastructure. Funds are awarded to urbanized areas and states through FTA’s ten regional offices.
Henrika most recently served as the director of the Office of Transit Programs, where she was responsible for developing FTA’s implementation strategy and procedures for allocating more than $8.4 billion in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) program funds and more than $1.5 billion in annual discretionary program funds. Prior to this, she managed the Job Access and Reverse Commute and New Freedom programs and served for five years as a community planner in FTA’s Region IV office.
Henrika began her career in transportation in FTA’s Office of Communications and Congressional Affairs as a Presidential Management Fellow. A native of Hillsboro, Alabama, Henrika received her B.A. and Master’s in Urban and Regional Planning from Alabama A&M University. She received her law degree from Georgetown University Law Center and is a member of the Maryland Bar.
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