SRTA Board of Directors and Leadership

SRTA is governed by a five-member Board of Directors chaired by the Governor of Georgia.  Board membership includes the Director of the Governor’s Office of Planning and Budget (OPB), the Commissioner of the Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT), an appointee of the Georgia Lieutenant Governor and an appointee of the Georgia Speaker of the House.  The Board meets on an as-needed basis to approve the Authority budget and conduct Authority business.  Public notice of SRTA Board meetings in published on SRTA’s website in advance of meetings.

Board Members

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Governor Brian P. Kemp
Chairman

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Russell McMurry
GDOT Commissioner

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Mitchell Land
Speaker of the House Appointee

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Kelly Farr
OPB Director

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Allen Yee
Lt. Gov Appointee

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 Brian Kemp is a husband, father, businessman, and public servant. 

On November 6, 2018, he was elected as Georgia’s 83rd Governor, earning more votes than any gubernatorial candidate in state history. 

Governor Kemp built his first business – Kemp Development and Construction Company – with a pick-up truck and a shovel. Over thirty years later, he is a successful entrepreneur with businesses and investments in banking, farming, timber, manufacturing, and real estate. 

Kemp served on the Board of Suncrest Stone in Tifton, as a Founding Director of First Madison Bank, and on the St. Mary’s Hospital Board in Athens. From the backhoe to the Board Room, Governor Kemp understands how to successfully create jobs, grow companies, recruit start-ups, and make deals on the international stage while also providing opportunities for hundreds of hardworking Georgians. 

Out of frustration with government, Brian Kemp ran for public office in the early 2000s. 

In the State Senate, Kemp was instrumental in fighting to cut fees, taxes, and mandates on job creators and Georgia families. As Secretary of State, Kemp utilized technology and innovation to cut bureaucratic red tape, slash spending, and streamline government. 

As Governor, Brian Kemp will fight to make Georgia #1 for small business through regulatory reform. He will ensure that all parts of our state – including rural Georgia – have opportunities to grow and thrive. Kemp will fundamentally reform state government, keep our families safe, and always put hardworking Georgians first. 

Kemp, 55, is married to the former Marty Argo of Athens. They are the proud parents of three daughters – Jarrett, Lucy, and Amy Porter – and are active members of Emmanuel Episcopal Church. 

SRTA Leadership

Christopher Tomlinson
Executive Director and Board Secretary

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Chris serves as the Executive Director of the State Road and Tollway Authority (SRTA) and the Georgia Regional Transportation Authority (GRTA) and as Interim Executive Director of the newly created Atlanta-region Transit Link Authority (the ATL). SRTA operates all toll facilities within Georgia and serves as a transportation funding/financing arm for the state. In addition, SRTA manages Xpress, the state’s regional commuter coach transit service, and administers the Atlanta region’s vanpool program.  GRTA serves as the Governor’s voice for strategic direction and approval of metro Atlanta’s federally required overall transportation plan and reviews Developments of Regional Impact to understand their effect on the region’s transportation network. The ATL provides transit governance and funding oversight for all transit projects and operators within the 13-county metro Atlanta region.  In his combined executive leadership roles, Chris leads three state level authorities whose shared missions are focused on improving mobility in Georgia by providing reliable, innovative transportation solutions to Georgia motorists and transit commuters.

As Executive Director, Chris serves as primary liaison to the Georgia Department of Transportation’s (GDOT) Public-Private Partnership program. He also serves on the Board of Directors for the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) and the International Bridge, Tunnel and Turnpike Association (IBTTA), where he is President Elect, slated to take office in January 2019.

Prior to being appointed Executive Director for GRTA and SRTA, Chris served as Deputy Executive Director and General Counsel for SRTA. In this role, he was responsible for day-to-day operations and legal issue management.

Before joining SRTA, Chris served as General Counsel for several state agencies, including GDOT, the Georgia Technology Authority and the Georgia State Financing and Investment Commission, where he was also Deputy Director for the Construction Division.

Chris graduated cum laude from Morehouse College with a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and earned a Juris Doctor degree from the Georgia State University College of Law.

Heather Aquino
Deputy Executive Director

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Heather joined SRTA in 2017, and in her role, directs and makes decisions regarding the formulation and implementation of policies and procedures for tollway revenue collection and operation.

She previously served as the Division Director for Physical and Economic Development at the Governor’s Office of Planning and Budget (OPB).  There, she led the policy division supporting SRTA, GRTA, the Georgia Forestry Commission, Public Service Commission, Secretary of State and the Departments of Agriculture, Banking and Finance, Community Affairs, Economic Development, Labor, Natural Resources, Revenue and Transportation.

Heather holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from The Terry College of Business at The University of Georgia. She is a member of the Institute for Georgia Environmental Leadership’s class of 2017.