Transportation Riders United


Meet our Staff:

  • Megan Owens, Executive Director
  • Claire Nowak-Boyd, Admin and Outreach Coordinator
  • Niño Laput, Social Work Intern
  • Kristina Curtiss, New Mobility Intern

(Note – Former Assistant Director Ruth Johnson is no longer with TRU.)

TRU does not currently have any paid positions open. Future positions will be listed here and announced in our e-newsletter.

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Megan Owens, Executive Director

Megan on Channel 7's Flashpoint program

Megan on Channel 7’s Flashpoint program

Ms. Owens coordinates and oversees all of TRU’s advocacy, education, fundraising, and engagement, always maintaining focus on the goal of improved transit. She is TRU’s lead spokesperson and a frequent source for local and national media. She led TRU’s work advocating the creation of the Regional Transit Authority (RTA) and continues to watchdog their work.

She is also on the Executive Committee of the RTA’s Citizens’ Advisory Committee and the Oakland County Public Transit Authority, which oversees SMART bus service in Oakland County. Dedicated to ongoing learning, she completed fellowships with Detroit Regional Chamber’s Leadership Detroit, the Michigan Nonprofit Association’s Executive Leadership Fellowship and the Center for Progressive Leadership.

Previously, Ms. Owens spent six years with PIRGIM (the Public Interest Research Group in Michigan) leading the passage of state identity theft laws and advocating a reduction air pollution from coal-burning power plants. She has also worked on several political campaigns and taught environmental education in the Michigan State Parks.

A nearly lifelong Michigan resident, she graduated from the University of Michigan’s School of Natural Resources and the Environment where she co-lead the nation’s largest voter registration drive and promoted community service. She currently lives in Hazel Park with her husband and daughters and enjoys traveling, baking, video games, and Detroit’s wonderful festivals.

Claire Nowak-Boyd, Admin and Outreach Coordinator

Ms. Nowak-Boyd supports TRU’s administration, events, and member communications. She graduated summa cum laude from Wayne State University with a BA in Urban Studies and a minor in Economics. In the past she served as Executive Director of Preservation Detroit, and is passionate about improving transit as a way to spare historic buildings from being demolished for parking and freeway widenings. She has also served in lieu of a Zoning Administrator in the Planning and Development Department of the City of Flint, and done foreclosure prevention outreach work in Southwest Detroit. Ms. Nowak-Boyd has participated in numerous public hearings about transportation related topics. She lives on the West Side of Detroit.

Niño Laput, Social Work Intern

Mr. Laput is studying Social Work at Wayne State University. Originally from Metropolitan Cebu of the Philippines, Mr. Laput is keen to the need of improved regional transportation and its vital role in providing access to resources. As an aspiring social worker, he is excited to learn more about how to engage different sectors of the community about the importance of bridging the gap between opportunities and resources, and to engage the marginalized sectors of the community who need it through the improvement of public transportation.

Kristina Curtiss, New Mobility Intern

Ms. Curtiss is a student at Wayne State University, where she studies Public Affairs and Urban Studies. Originally from Traverse City, Ms. Curtiss is a lifelong Michigander who is passionate about connecting the state and moving it forward into the 21st century. At TRU, she works to help develop research and advocacy strategy around new mobility technology and its intersection with public transportation.