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Learn about the Team at Metro Short-Term Program, including our Chief Financial Officer, Treasurer, and Senior Director, Finance.
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.
Donna R. Mills has 30 years experience in municipal and corporate finance. As Treasurer at Metro, her responsibilities include investment management for Metro’s working capital and pension assets, debt issuance and administration. Since Donna assumed responsibility for the debt group Metro has completed bond offerings and secured TIFIA loans totaling $3.9 billion in par. Donna joined Metro in December 1995 as Senior Investment Manager, was appointed Assistant Treasurer in 2001, and Treasurer in 2013.
Prior to joining Metro, Ms. Mills held various financial positions with Pacific Enterprises and Southern California Gas Company. Ms. Mills received her undergraduate degree in Economics and Sociology from the University of Pennsylvania, and a Masters in Business Administration from the University of California, Berkeley.
Rodney Johnson has over 27 years experience in public finance and is currently a Senior Director, 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.