FAST Board is a consortium of prominent Los Angeles businesspeople, educators, analysts, and lawmakers. Our board includes Mayor Emeritus Richard Riordan, Metro CEO Roger Snoble, UCLA Chancellor Gene Block, and a host of other long standing public figures committed to the transit improvements our city requires.
Our goal is to create a forum in which all of these decision makers can truly take the pulse of the city on transit issues. This is where we need your help. Let us know what you are thinking, and how you feel about the findings of the RAND report. Channels for your feedback can be found in the “FAST Feedback” section of this site.
JAMES A. THOMAS
Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer James A. Thomas serves as Chairman of the Board, President and Chief Executive Officer of Thomas Properties Group, Inc. Mr. Thomas has served on the Board of Directors since the Company was organized in March 2004. Mr. Thomas founded TPG, our predecessor company and served as the Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of TPG from 1996 to the closing of our initial public offering in October 2004. Thomas Properties Group, Inc. is publicly traded on the NASDAQ.
Prior to founding TPG, Mr. Thomas served as a co-managing partner of Maguire Thomas Partners, a national full service real estate operating company from 1983 to 1996. In 1996, Maguire Thomas Partners was divided into two companies with Mr. Thomas forming TPG with other key members of the former executive management at Maguire Thomas Partners. Mr. Thomas also served as Chief Executive Officer and principal owner of the Sacramento Kings NBA Basketball team and the ARCO Arena from 1992 to 1999. Prior to that, he was a partner in two prominent Los Angeles law firms and served in the Regional Counsel’s Office of the Internal Revenue Service.
Born in Pembroke, North Carolina, Mr. Thomas attended High School in Cleveland, Ohio and received his B.A. degree in economics with honors from Baldwin-Wallace College in 1959. He graduated magna cum laude from Cleveland State Law School with a Juris Doctor degree in 1963 and was editor in-chief of the Cleveland Marshall Law Review in 1962-1963. Mr. Thomas has received honorary doctorate degrees from Baldwin-Wallace College and the University of North Carolina at Pembroke.
Mr. Thomas’ commitment to the community can be seen in his devotion to the arts and his efforts to improve the quality of life in metropolitan Los Angeles. Mr. Thomas is Chairman of the Board at Town Hall Los Angeles. He also serves on the Board of Directors of the SOS Coral Trees, Center Theatre Group and Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce in Los Angeles, California; and the National Advisory Council of the Cleveland Marshall School of Law in Cleveland, Ohio. In addition, he serves on the Board of Trustees of the Ralph M. Parsons Foundation and I Have a Dream Foundation in Los Angeles, Baldwin Wallace College in Cleveland, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and St. John’s Health Center Foundation in Santa Monica, California. Mr. Thomas also serves on the Board of Governors of the Music Center of Los Angeles County and is a member of the Rand Advisory Board. He served as Chairman of the Los Angeles
2000 Partnership, a diverse committee devoted to addressing regional urban issues in Southern California and is a member of the Chairman Council of the Weingart Center Association, and the Colonial Williamsburg National Council.
Hilary Norton’s career spans 25 years in public policy, community development, and transportation.
Hilary became FAST’s founding Executive Director in 2008. FAST advocates for and implements solutions to address Los Angeles County gridlock, based on RAND’s report “Moving Los Angeles: Short Term Policy Options for Improving Transportation,” co-sponsored by FAST Board Chair Jim Thomas, Metro and the Music Center. Since 2008, FAST has mobilized a diverse coalition of business, labor, civic groups, educational institutions and transit organizations to support policy and infrastructure improvements to LA’s mobility, livability and economic prosperity.
FAST’s major initiatives include: 1) FASTLinkDTLA – filling gaps in transportation to, from and within Downtown LA through EV vanpools/shuttles, the GoLA app, carshare, carpools, bike share, biking and walking; 2) Mobility Hubs – carshare, bikeshare, bike parking, EV charging and traveler services at transit stations, job and education centers; 3) comprehensive arterial improvements to improve travel time, encourage mode shift, and promote safety and transit connectivity; 4) Metro ExpressLanes implementation throughout LA County, especially using Metro’s national model to fund active transportation and transit with net toll revenues; 5) Expanding LA County’s bus rapid transit (BRT) network; and 6) Sixth Street Viaduct – the largest bridge reconstruction project in LA’s history, adding bicycle and pedestrian lanes, and connections to the LA River and Metro Red Line.
Hilary Co-Chairs the BizFed / Metro Transportation Roundtable, is Co-Vice Chair of the Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce’s Transportation and Goods Movement Council, and Co-Chair of the BizFed/Metro Proposed Ballot Measure for 2016 Committee and on the LA Chamber of Commerce’s Working Group on Metro’s Proposed Ballot Measure for 2016. Hilary is a member of the City of Los Angeles’ Mobility Element Task Force, Vision LA’s Advisory Committee, Los Angeles Business Council (LABC) Livable Communities Advisory Committee, the Metro ExpressLanes Corridor Advisory Committee, SCAG/Metro’s First-Mile Last-Mile Working Group, SCAG’s Express Travel Choices Steering Committee, SCAG’s Global Land Use and Economic (GLUE) Council and the Los Angeles Business Council LA River Task Force.
In recognition of Hilary’s work in transportation, Ms. Norton was elected to Lambda Alpha International in 2014.
Hilary holds a BA from Wellesley College and a MPP from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government.