Ferdinand L. Risco Jr., MBA is the Executive Director/CEO of The Transit Authority of River City (TARC), the largest public transit agency in The Commonwealth of Kentucky, traveling 12 million miles, during 900,000 hours of service, carrying 15 million passengers annually. With a team of nearly 700 and a fleet of 225 bus and 107 paratransit vehicles, he is responsible for leadership and direction for all operations in the system. The TARC combined operating and capital budgets of roughly $100MM generate an economic impact across the region of $221MM annually.
Risco’s experience includes freight transport, manufacturing, warehousing, and transportation. He has worked in operations, maintenance, employee and labor relations, human resources, diversity, and inclusion. As a former Army officer, Ferdinand has helped government agencies and later fortune 500 companies earn awards and distinctions for their best in class results.
As a transit executive and former college professor, Risco is highly sought after as a lecturer on many topics including diversity and inclusion, equal employment practices, supplier diversity, disadvantaged business enterprise certification, leadership, and workforce development.
Ferdinand’s community involvement led to an appointment by Mayor John DeStefano, Jr. to the New Haven Board of Education in 2009, an appointment to the Connecticut State Board of Education by Governor Dannel P. Malloy in 2011 and service on the Board of Directors of the National Association of State Boards of Education.
Risco is a graduate of Leadership-APTA. He currently serves as a member of the association’s Board of Directors and is Chairman of the Workforce Development Committee. He previously served as ViceChair of the Committee, Chair, and Vice-Chair of the Organizational Development Sub-Committee. Risco is also an ENO Center for Transportation’s Transit Executive Seminar graduate. He is a current member of the National Transit Institute’s Advisory Board.
Here in Louisville Ferdinand continues his service to the community. He currently serves on the Boards of Directors for The National Safe Place Network, The Healing Place and as Secretary for The Louisville Urban League, Greater Louisville Inc. – The Metro Chamber of Commerce, Kentuckians for Better Public Transportation and The Louisville Tourism Commission. Ferdinand also serves on the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis’ Industry Council for Transportation.