Keeping New York on the move

NURIA WHITE FERNANDEZ ’82 has been appointed chief operating officer of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) in New York City by Gov. Andrew Cuomo. She is responsible for safety and security throughout the system, capital planning and programming, government affairs, environment and sustainability, and oversight of the operations of the subways, buses, commuter rail, bridges and tunnels, and the capital construction program. 

“The MTA is the largest transportation system in the U.S. with an annual operating budget of more than $8 billion, 68,000 employees, and five operating agencies moving 8 million people each weekday,” Nuria said. “A typical day is like drinking out of a fire hose!”

Nuria has plenty of experience in transportation. Most recently, she was senior vice president of major programs for CH2M HILL. She also has been commissioner of the Chicago Airport System, deputy administrator of the Federal Transit Administration with the U.S. Department of Transportation, the senior vice president for design and construction at the Metropolitan Transit Authority in Washington, D.C., and senior vice president for engineering and construction at the Chicago Transit Authority. 

Originally from Panama, Nuria came to the United States in 1978 to pursue her civil engineering degree at Bradley. “I was attracted by the notion of transforming abstract concepts into physical solutions that would improve the quality of our built environment,” said Nuria. At Bradley, she was involved with the International Students Association and Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority. 

A member of the Engineering Advisory Council, Nuria holds an MBA from Roosevelt University. She has two daughters and lives in New York City and Chicago with her husband Daniel Hall. 

— Abby Wilson Pfeiffer ’10

Piece of cake

SHAUNA SEVER ’00 has two cookbooks coming out this year. Marshmallow Madness was released in February and another will be released later. A food writer and TV host, she writes the Piece of Cake blog at Her recipes have been included on the Parade and Huffington Post websites, as well as in Working Mother Magazine. Shauna and her husband SCOTT E. WEBB ’99 live in San Francisco with their daughter.