About

Team

Learn about the Team at Metro Investor Relations, including our Chief Financial Officer, Deputy Executive Officer, Finance, and Debt Manager.

Nalini Ahuja

Chief Financial Officer

Nalini Ahuja was appointed Executive Director, Finance and Budget in February 2014 (renamed Chief Financial Officer in July 2016). As Chief Financial Officer, Ms. Ahuja is responsible for the oversight of LACMTA’s Office of Management & Budget, Local Programming, TAP Operations, and the agency’s Financial Services including accounting and treasury functions. Her primary role as CFO is to serve as a steward of taxpayer’s dollars, ensuring that those resources are directed toward the priorities established by the public, the Board of Directors and the CEO, while minimizing waste and providing full transparency. Through her leadership, MTA has retained high credit ratings, its pension funds are industry leaders in funding and solvency, thus earning MTA the reputation as a strong and credible financial agency. This  was a key factor for Los Angeles residents entrusting us with another sales tax measure.

Ms. Ahuja began her career with LACMTA’s predecessor, the Los Angeles County Transportation Commission (LACTC), in 1986 as a technical and administrative analyst. She has advanced in her career in the agency, from technical and administrative analyst, to Project Manager, to Director, and Executive Director, and Chief Financial Officer at MTA.  With over 30 years of experience at MTA, her background and experience is in public finance and financial policy development towards seeking regional solutions to advance a multimodal transportation system for Los Angeles County.

Ms. Ahuja earned a Bachelor and Master’s degree in Economics from Miranda House, University of Delhi, as well as a Master’s degree in Urban Planning from UCLA.

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Rodney Johnson

Deputy Executive Officer, Finance
(213) 922-3417
johnsonr5@metro.net

Rodney Johnson has over 27 years experience in public finance and is currently a Deputy Executive Officer, Finance, with the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro).  He joined Metro in 2018 after serving 21 years at the Orange County Transportation Authority as Deputy Treasurer.   Rodney has extensive public and private sector experience specializing in multiple areas of municipal finance, defined contribution, and defined benefit retirement plans.  Current responsibilities include all aspects of municipal debt issuance and administration, investment of public funds, and creation, implementation and management of public policy.

Prior to public service he worked in the public finance industry as a trust officer providing corporate trust services for public and private debt issuers.  As registered investment advisor his responsibilities included direct sales, market research, monitoring economic trends, analysis of cash flow requirements and review of state, local and document-specific investment policy for the investment of municipal bond proceeds, preparation of responses to request for proposals.

He holds a Master of Public Policy and Administration from CSU Long Beach and an undergraduate degree in Business Administration and Economics, emphasis in accounting from CSU Fullerton.

Michael Kim

Debt Manager
(213) 922-4026
kimm4@metro.net

Tamara Avetisova

Financial Analyst
(213) 922-2067
avetisovat@metro.net

Matthew Wingert

Principal Financial Analyst
(213) 933-2553
wingertm@metro.net
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Biljana Seki

Assistant Treasurer
(213) 922-2554
sekib@metro.net

Biljana Seki is currently the Assistant Treasurer at Metro, where she manages the debt and lease portfolio. Mrs. Seki also facilitates financings in the capital markets to ensure liquidity for Metro's capital program to fund transportation projects. She works alongside Metro staff to collaborate effectively with financial institutions, rating agencies, and other external stakeholders that provide services to Metro.

Prior to joining Metro in 2021, Mrs. Seki worked at the County of Los Angeles, where she assisted in issuing municipal securities to fund capital projects and cash flow needs. She also supervised bond financings sold by school districts and community college districts located within Los Angeles County. Before joining Los Angeles County, she worked at Dolinka Group LLC, where she provided financial advisory and consulting services on Community Facilities District bond financings.

Mrs. Seki currently serves on the national board of Women in Public Finance. She earned a bachelor's degree in Economics from the University of California, Irvine.