New GCRTA Board President and Vice President Announcements

Apr 19, 2024

Cleveland, OH – The Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority (GCRTA) announces the new appointments of Mayor Paul A. Koomar as President, and Lauren R. Welch as Vice President of the GCRTA Board of Trustees. The appointments follow Board elections held at the annual meeting in March 2024.

More about Mayor Paul A. Koomar

Mayor Paul A. Koomar was sworn in as Mayor of Bay Village on January 1, 2017. He joined the GCRTA Board in March 2021, and continues to serve as Chair of the Audit, Safety Compliance and Real Estate Committee. Mayor Koomar also served as GCRTA Board Vice President from September 2023 to March 2024.

"I’m looking forward to working with the leadership team to strategically position GCRTA as an innovative transit authority focused on enhancing public transit operations across all aspects of the system," said Board President Paul A. Koomar.

More about Lauren R. Welch

Lauren R. Welch brings more than 15 years of experience in communications and marketing. She is currently the Interim Director of Communications at Say Yes Cleveland. Ms. Welch joined the GCRTA Board in May 2022, and continues to Chair the Operational Planning and Infrastructure Committee.

"I look forward to continuing to elevate the importance of customer experience and community value within GCRTA. As an anchor institution for so many residents, the work the GCRTA team is undertaking now is pivotal to our region’s ambitions of becoming a 15-minute city," said Board Vice President Lauren R. Welch.