Henrika Buchanan-Smith is the Associate Administrator for Program Management for the Federal Transit Administration (FTA). She administers over $10 billion in funding for 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 urban and rural formula assistance. In addition, she is responsible for providing project management oversight to FTA’s major capital investment projects and developing procedures for managing and allocating $10.9 billion in Hurricane Sandy Relief funding.
Together, these programs provide capital and operating assistance to maintain, improve, expand, and rehabilitate the nation's public transportation infrastructure. The Office of Program Management helps communities make investments in public transportation that enrich the quality of life and create jobs.
Henrika previously served as the director of the Office of Transit Programs, where she was responsible for developing FTA’s implementation strategy and procedures for distributing 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 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. in Political Science 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.