Jim Harding

Advisory Board 1st Vice Chair

Jim Harding is the Vice President of Intergovernmental Affairs and Community Relations for the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) Bus Company and Long Island Bus. His career spans over 30 years in key management positions in New York City and New York State Government including Commissioner, Member of the Board of the Directors of the MTA, Director of Legislative Affairs for the Governor of the State of New York, Chair of the NYS Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Commission, Special Advisor to the Mayor of New York City and was named, Co-Chair with the NYC Police Commissioner of the “Tactical Narcotics Team (TNT)”, Deputy Commissioner of the NYC Fire Department and Director of Advance for the Mayor. Harding also worked briefly for the First Lady of the United States, Roslyn Carter as part of her Advance Staff.

Mr. Harding is a graduate of the City College of New York and the recipient of two Honorary Doctorate Degrees – one from Hofstra University and the other from Mega Evers College (CUNY). He has served as Chair of the Conference of Minority Transportation Officials (COMTO) New York Advisory Board, and as a Distinguished Lecturer and Adjunct Professor. Harding’s achievements have been recognized by many prominent organizations in and out of the transportation field.