Regional Administrator for Region 5
Marisol Simón has been the Regional Administrator in Chicago since January, 2006.
Marisol joined FTA after nearly 20 years in the railroad and transit industries, including executive positions with Community Transit of Snohomish County in Washington State as well as Suburban Mobility Authority for Regional Transit (SMART) and the Detroit Department of Transportation in Michigan.
She started her career in the Communications and Signals Department for Amtrak at Penn Station in New York. She was the first woman Signal Maintainer in the Northeast corridor. Later, she was a pipe fitter for Exxon, working at the company’s facility in Linden, N.J. After a stint with the pharmaceutical giant Merck, in 1989 she joined MTA New York City Transit, where she spent the majority of her career and held a number of positions, including Deputy Line Superintendent, Line Superintendent, General Superintendent and Assistant Chief Maintenance Officer.
Marisol graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor of arts in Spanish literature from Hunter College, the City University of New York. She also earned summa cum laude honors when she completed her master of science in civil engineering at City College, CUNY.