Prior to joining TTD, Matthew was the Senior Policy Advisor to Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (D-CT), covering all issues related to her appointment as Vice-Ranking Member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. He has also served as the lead advocate for federal infrastructure policy at the National League of Cities, and covered transportation and infrastructure policy as the Senior Legislative Assistant to Congressman Albio Sires (D-NJ) and as a Legislative Aide to Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ).
Matthew received his B.A. in Political Science and Environmental Studies from the University of San Diego in 2007, and a Master of Policy Management from Georgetown University in 2017.
Barbara Ehimika is TTD’s PAC Director and Legislative Representative. She oversees TTD’s PAC and budget/appropriations portfolio.
Prior to joining TTD, Barbara worked at the American Petroleum Institute as a Federal Relations Manager focusing on energy and environment regulatory issues facing the industry. She also worked in the office of Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) as a Special Assistant, working on variety of legislative issues and special projects from 2007 to 2009.
In 2006, Barbara received her bachelor’s degree in Political Science from LeMoyne College in Syracuse, NY. Originally from Boston, Massachusetts, Barbara is happy to have left the cold Northeast weather behind.
As TTD’s Staff Assistant, Samantha Fazenbaker assists TTD’s President, Greg Regan, and Secretary-Treasurer, Shari Semelsberger. She maintains TTD’s legislative calendar and handles much of TTD’s document preparation and distribution.
Prior to joining TTD, Samantha worked for the University of Texas System Office of Federal Relations and interned with Congresswoman Susan Davis (D-CA).
Samantha holds a B.S. in Political Science and a Master's in Political Science with a concentration in Applied American Politics and Policy from Florida State University. She is originally from Fort Lauderdale, FL.
Jonna Huseman is TTD’s Communications Director. She leads TTD’s communications program and helps shape public relations, and social media strategy.
Jonna comes from a proud union family and has spent more than six years working for the labor movement. She holds Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from Wayne State College and is the author of a children’s history book about a famous union strike. She is originally from Nebraska and currently lives in Silver Spring, Maryland.
As TTD’s Administrative Assistant, Brooke supports the TTD staff with the daily administrative and clerical duties of the office. Brooke handles TTD's databases and assists with TTD's PAC. She has worked at TTD since 1999.
Both of her parents worked in the labor movement. Originally from Oregon, Brooke attended the University of Oregon.
Christy Smith manages TTD's regulatory portfolio, filing federal regulatory comments on behalf of our 33 affiliated unions across all modes of transportation.
Prior to joining TTD, Christy worked at Bloomberg Law in the regulatory monitoring unit. She also worked at the Government Accountability Office on the Defense and Contracting teams.
Christy holds a BA from Tulane University in Homeland Security and Gender Studies and is working to complete her master’s in Homeland Security, also from Tulane. Originally a music major, Christy got her interest in unions from their excellent history of protest music.