WSTA's mission is to promote and enhance public transit for the citizens of the state of Washington. WSTA advocates for state legislation beneficial to public transit fosters the professional growth and development of transit professionals and provides outreach and education about public transportation on behalf of our members.




About WSTA

The Washington State Transit Association (WSTA) is a nonprofit corporation, representing 30 public transit systems in the state and the Washington State Department of Transportation’s (WSDOT’s) Public Transportation Division. Our associate members include state and local agencies and organizations, vendors, and consultants--those companies which provide services and products to the transit industry--as well as interested individuals.

How WSTA is Governed

WSTA is governed by a Board of Directors comprised of the general managers of each of our transit agency members along with the Director of WSDOT’s Public Transportation Division. Our Board of Directors adopts and establishes policies, legislative priorities, adopts budgets and provides strategic direction and guidance including our mission, vision, and goals.

The Board meets quarterly around the state and the Officers hold as needed monthly Officer calls. See list of WSTA's Board of Directors.

2020 WSTA Officers:


John Clauson
Executive Director, Kitsap Transit
John Clauson

Vice President

Gloria Boyce
General Manager, Ben Franklin Transit

Gloria Boyce


Todd Morrow
Executive Director, Island Transit
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Justin D. Leighton
Executive Director, WSTA
Justin D. Leighton


Committee Structure

WSTA now has thirteen standing committees that meet one to four times per year. Visit the WSTA Committee page.

These committees are comprised of professionals from their respective areas and have proven very valuable to our members. The committees act as an important training tool, often bringing in outside trainers and experts to address current issues, and also provide opportunities for problem-solving, idea-sharing, and networking. Because of this, they are strongly supported by transit managers and the WSTA Board of Directors. In order to participate in these committees you must be one of WSTA's 33 members or a WSTA Transit Agency Associate Member. 

  • Clerks of the Authority
  • Finance Officer Leadership
  • Human Resources Roundtable
  • Information Services (IS)
  • Legal Affairs Roundtable
  • Legislative
  • Maintenance and Facilities Maintenance Committee 
  • Marketing & Communications
  • Operations
  • Planners Committee
  • Roadeo Steering Committee
  • Transit Security Council
  • Vanpool

WSTA Staff Team & Contacts

2629 12th Court SW
Olympia, WA 98502

Executive Director

Justin D. Leighton

Development & Member Services Manager

Melanie Espinoza

Member Services Coordinator

   Brenda Barnett