Staff

Meet our Team:

  • Megan Owens, Executive Director
  • Claire Nowak-Boyd, Admin and Outreach Coordinator
  • Andre S. Iadipaolo, Social Work Intern

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

A woman with long hair smiles into the camera. Stenciled on plywood next to her are the words "Four words for my city: We've got to work"
Claire poses with a passage from the Gary, Indiana, Citywide Poem.

Ms. Nowak-Boyd coordinates TRU’s administration, events, and member communications. She launched the Transit on Tap event series.

She graduated summa cum laude from Wayne State University with a BA in Urban Studies and a minor in Economics. She is best known for serving as past 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. Ms. Nowak-Boyd worked as a Planner in lieu of a Zoning Administrator in the Planning and Development Department of the City of Flint. She has also knocked on doors doing foreclosure prevention outreach in Delray and 48217. An avid civic participant, Ms. Nowak-Boyd has attended and spoken at numerous public hearings about transportation related topics. She lives on the West Side of Detroit.

Andre S. Iadipaolo, Social Work Intern

A man in a blue shirt and khakis stands smiling on a sunny sidewalk next to the circular TechTown Detroit logo posted on the wall.
Andre stands outside of TRU’s office at TechTown.

Mr. Iadipaolo is a Wayne State Master’s of Social Work intern at Transportation Riders United, serving throughout the 2019-2020 academic year. His graduate concentration is Community Development. He previously obtained his Bachelor’s of Social Work from Wayne State University. During his time at TRU, Mr. Iadipaolo hopes to utilize social work skills of interviewing, critical thinking, and systems analysis to collect and share the stories of citizens most impacted by public transit issues.

Mr. Iadipaolo’s professional interests include social action, group development, and advocacy. He also is the Co-President of the Coalition of Community Social Workers at Wayne State, which mobilizes students through community practice opportunities. When not organizing, Mr. Iadipaolo enjoys making music, going out to eat, and exploring the beautiful city of Detroit.