Former Deputy Chief Executive Officer of the Fort Worth Transportation Authority, Linda Watson has more than 30 years of transportation-related experience. After leaving, the Fort Worth Transportation Authority, she served as the Chief Executive Officer at the transit systems in Corpus Christi, Texas; Orlando, Florida; and Austin, Texas. Watson was successful in obtaining hundreds of millions of highly competitive transportation, infrastructure, and technology-related grant funding from state and national sources. She has also been responsible for delivering numerous large major projects such as transit-oriented development, transit maintenance facilities, and bus rapid transit.
Watson has served on several prestigious transportation boards responsible for research and issues of national importance, including :
- Transportation Research Board (Chair)
- Transit Cooperative Research Program (Chair)
- Texas A&M Transportation Institute (TTI) Advisory Council
Currently, she lectures at the LBJ Graduate School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas on strategic planning and change management. She also mentors students in this program. In February 2016, Watson was selected by Austin Monthly Magazine as one of the city’s “Ten Most Influential Women,” spotlighted in the article, “Women We Love.”
Watson is an alumna of numerous leadership programs including Leadership Texas. She graduated from the University of Texas at Arlington with a bachelor’s degree in political science, a master’s degree in the urban and regional affair, and was honored as a “Distinguished Alumni.”