Mayor Greg Fischer statement on TARC leadership

February 13, 2020

Mayor Greg Fischer’s statement on TARC leadership:

"Today I have appointed Margaret Handmaker and Laura Douglas to serve as Interim Co-Executive Directors of TARC. They will work to manage the day-to-day affairs of TARC and launch a national search for the Executive Director position.

“Margaret joins the TARC team after serving in leadership roles with Louisville Metro Government and with extensive experience in management consulting, first at Booz Allen Hamilton and then at Mercer, Inc. Margaret’s public sector experience includes leading the city’s economic development and innovation teams, and serving as Secretary of Revenue for the Commonwealth of Kentucky and the Governor’s Executive Cabinet. She currently sits on the LMG Board of Health, which champions equitable physical, behavioral and environmental health.  

“Laura brings decades of communications experience with her, being named as LG&E’s first Vice President of Corporate Responsibility and Community Affairs and continuing to grow the company’s role in the community for 14 years. Previously, Laura worked for the Louisville Water Company and served as legal counsel for the Metropolitan Sewer District. She has a longstanding commitment to the community as a member of many professional organizations and civic boards.

“Together, their long history in the public and private sectors make them the right choice to ensure a smooth transition in leadership for both employees and riders. I’m grateful for their dedication to our city and look forward to working with them for the future of TARC."