Executive Leadership Team

Thomas C. Lambert

Thomas C. Lambert

President & Chief Executive Officer

“Transit today is really about building an environment where people feel comfortable and safe. It’s about creating walkable, livable communities, and connecting people to opportunities.”
— Tom Lambert


Tom Lambert became METRO’s President and CEO in 2014 after serving as acting President and CEO for two years.

He leads a team of more than 4,000 people. Since becoming president and CEO, Lambert has made taking care of his customers and “delivering a quality product every day” his personal priority, as well as the priority of every single department and employee.

Tom Lambert joined METRO as a security investigator in 1979, its first full year of operation. Following the creation of the METRO Police Department in 1982, Lambert became its first chief of police.

He held that position for many years before moving on to other leadership roles including chief administrative officer, executive vice president and acting president and CEO.

Past Positions

  • METRO, Executive Vice President
  • METRO, Senior Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer
  • METRO, Senior Vice President and Chief of Police
  • Austin Police Department

Professional Associations and Activities

  • Board Member, American Public Transportation Association (APTA)
  • Board Member, METRO Alternate, Transportation Policy Council of the Houston-Galveston Area Council (H-GAC)
  • Member, Texas Technology Task Force
  • Member, Texas A&M Transportation Institute Advisory Council

Previous Industry Leadership Roles

  • Advisory Committee, U.S. Department of Transportation, Intelligent Transportation Systems
  • Chairman, Board of Directors Executive Committee, Intelligent Transportation Society of America
  • Chairman, Public Safety Committee, American Public Transportation Association (APTA)
  • Chairman, Peer Advisory Group, Transportation Security Administration (TSA)
  • Chairman, Leadership Team, Houston TranStar
  • Executive Board Member, FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force
  • President and Member, Houston Area Chiefs of Police Association
  • President and Graduate, 57th National Urban Mass Transportation Management Seminar, Northeastern University
  • Associate Staff Instructor for Mass Transit Security Training, U.S. Department of Transportation, Transportation Safety Institute
  • Faculty Advisory Committee Member, Urban Mass Transportation Administration Security
  • Instructor, Command Course/Sam Houston State University Law Enforcement Management Institute of Texas

Honors—Individual and Agency

  • American Public Transportation Association (APTA), Outstanding Public Transportation Manager, 2018
  • Texas Transit Association (TTA), Outstanding Metropolitan Transit System of the Year Award, 2017
  • Texas Diversity Council, Corporate Diversity First Leadership Award, 2017
  • American Public Transportation Association (APTA), Outstanding Public Transportation System Award, 2020, 2015
  • U.S. Department of Transportation Safety Institute, Superior Performance Award
  • Who’s Who in Law Enforcement
  • Austin Police Department Life Saving Award

Education and Certifications

  • Executive Training, Harvard University, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Boston, Massachusetts
  • M.A., Public Administration, University of Houston, Houston, Texas
  • B.A., Political Science, Southwest Texas State University, San Marcos, Texas


Phone: 713-615-6409