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Regional Transportation Authority (RTA) announces new Director, Government Affairs, Rob Nash

June 28, 2023

Nash has nearly two decades of experience in legislative consulting, public affairs and government relations and comes to the RTA from Resolute Public Affairs, where he served as Partner and Executive Vice President

Jessica Cabe, Communications Specialist (312-913-3232,

Rob Nash

CHICAGO, JUNE 28, 2023 – The Regional Transportation Authority (RTA) is proud to welcome Rob Nash as its new Director, Government Affairs. Nash is charged with developing, leading and managing the federal, state and local legislative strategy of the RTA at an unprecedented inflection point for the Northeast Illinois transit system.

“Rob’s background in the public and private sector has uniquely qualified him to tackle this role at the RTA,” said RTA Executive Director Leanne Redden. “More than ever before, our transit system depends on our ability to work with legislators at all levels of government, and Rob is ideally suited for the task.”

Nash will help set and implement strategic legislative priorities to achieve the vision put forth in “Transit is the Answer,” the RTA’s regional transit strategic plan. He will also collaborate on developing long-term, system-wide regional funding solutions. Joining at a critical time for transit, Nash will work across internal departments and with the CTA, Metra, Pace and other stakeholders on legislation, coalition building and strategic communications.

Nash has spent his career in legislative consulting, public affairs and government relations, having most recently served as Partner and Executive Vice President at Resolute Public Affairs in Chicago, where he has worked for the last 17 years. Nash was part of the team at Resolute who worked with the RTA in 2008 to address needed changes to state law impacting transit funding. Before Resolute, Nash directed Government Relations for the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce and has worked directly in government as a staff member within the Illinois General Assembly House of Representatives. He is a graduate of Marquette University.

“I am looking forward to hitting the ground running at the RTA during this critical time,” Nash said. “Transit agencies nationwide are facing intersecting challenges, but with those come a generational opportunity for positive change. I’m thrilled to navigate these waters with the RTA and work to better serve those who depend on our regional transit system.”

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