FTA Region IX Regional Administrator
Ray Tellis was appointed FTA’s Region IX Administrator in February 2019. Region IX supports public transportation in four states: Arizona, California, Hawaii, Nevada; and the territories of American Samoa, Guam and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, altogether representing nearly 160 grantees. He provides executive direction to a professional staff of 36 individuals responsible for grant development, program management and financial management functions.
Ray has over 25 years of experience in the public transportation industry and previously served as the Director of FTA’s Los Angeles Metropolitan Office, where he led the FTA team starting in 2006. In that capacity, he oversaw the delivery of near $250 million in annual FTA program funds to over 25 public transit agencies. Throughout his tenure, Mr. Tellis has worked closely with officials at state departments of transportation, metropolitan planning organizations, transit providers and other FTA stakeholders.
Prior to joining FTA, Mr. Tellis worked for a private freight railroad and, later, for an FTA grantee, the Illinois Department of Transportation, where he was a program manager involved in managing the multi-year capital improvement program. He holds B.S. and M.S. degrees in civil engineering from the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT). He also earned a Master’s in Public Works from IIT.