As Chief Executive Officer of the Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada (RTC), M.J. Maynard is a master of connectivity – connecting 2.2 million Nevadans to economic, educational, and recreational opportunities and connecting more than 43 million tourists to one-of-a-kind attractions in the entertainment capital of the world. She leads the only agency nationwide that is responsible for a region’s public transit system, traffic management, roadway design and construction funding, and transportation and overall planning efforts – all under one roof.
A longtime Southern Nevada resident, M.J. grew up using various modes of transportation on the West Coast and understands the value and need for an enhanced transportation system that includes a robust roadway network and an efficient public transit system that encourages economic growth, improves air quality, and raises the quality of life in the Las Vegas Valley.
M.J. Maynard joined the RTC in February 2007 and served as Assistant General Manager of Administrative Services and later as Deputy Chief Executive Officer prior to leading the agency. In these roles, M.J. and her extensive team managed a budget of more than $367 million annually, directed the agency’s advertising program and oversaw one of the nation’s most efficient bus mode-only transit service operations. During her history with agency, she has launched several groundbreaking initiatives including the RTC’s Club Ride program, which rewards commuters for using alternative modes of travel; the rideRTC smartphone app; and a massive transit safety expansion project encompassing the replacement of more than 3,000 bus shelters and amenities.
M.J. worked in Las Vegas’ bustling hospitality industry for more than 25 years prior to joining the RTC, where she served as Vice President for Hard Rock Hotel and Casino for more than a decade. In this role, she oversaw a culturally diverse staff of more than 750 employees and was responsible for managing a multi-million dollar annual budget that included capital expansion projects.
Renowned for her financial and business acumen, M.J. and her team incorporate the best practices of the private sector with those of the public sector, using statistics, analytics, and monthly and annual benchmarks to ensure the agency’s fiduciary responsibility to taxpayers.
Considered a leader in public transit management, M.J. was recently appointed to serve on the American Public Transportation Association’s (APTA) Board of Directors, a trade organization leading efforts to ensure public transportation is available and accessible in communities around the country.
M.J. understands the power of community engagement and is an active philanthropist in Southern Nevada. She serves on the Board of Directors of Hope for Prisoners, a nonprofit organization dedicated to empowering men, women and young adults to transition from the criminal justice system and successfully reenter society and become contributing members of the community.
Additionally, M.J. serves on the Board of Directors of FirstMed Health and Wellness Center, one of only two federally qualified public health centers in Southern Nevada; and most recently, she joined the Advisory Council of the National Museum of Organized Crime and Law Enforcement, known as the Mob Museum.
In 2012, M.J. was appointed to serve on the City of Henderson Commission on Cultural Arts & Tourism. She is also a Leadership Henderson graduate, involved in developing her class project, the Henderson High School Leadership program. M.J. has been recognized as the 2010 “Safe Communities Angel of the Year” by the Safe Community Partnership program and by the Henderson Development Association and the City of Henderson as the 2013 O’Callaghan Public Sector Person of the Year for transportation enhancements and partnerships that support economic development in Henderson. M.J. previously served as chair for the Henderson District Public Libraries Board of Trustees and was a board member of the Henderson Chamber Foundation.
M.J. holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Hotel Administration from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. She and her husband Rich have one son.