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Transportation Trades Department Announces Legislative Staff Promotions

Washington, DC — Greg Regan, president of the 33 union Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO (TTD), announced today the promotions of three members of the TTD team.

Matthew Colvin, who joined TTD in 2018, will now serve as Chief of Staff. Colvin most recently served as TTD’s Senior Legislative Representative. Prior to working at TTD, he covered transportation-related issues for the offices of Senator Bob Menendez (D-NJ), Congressman Albio Sires (D-NJ), and Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (D-CT), as well as at the National League of Cities and Safe Routes to Schools National Partnership. He holds a B.A. in Political Science from the University of San Diego and a Master of Policy Management from Georgetown University.

Cole Scandaglia, who joined TTD in 2015, is being promoted to TTD’s Senior Legislative and Policy Representative. He will add aviation to his existing portfolio, which includes maritime and rail labor issues. Scandaglia previously served TTD as a regulatory analyst and, prior to joining TTD, was a fellow in the Federal Affairs Office of the Mayor of Chicago. He holds a B.A. in Political Science and a Master of Public Policy from American University.

Barbara Ehimika will serve as TTD’s PAC Director and Legislative Representative, taking over management of TTD’s PAC and fundraising activities, in addition to managing the congressional budget and appropriations portfolio. Prior to joining TTD in 2017, Barbara served as a Federal Relations Manager at the American Petroleum Institute where she handled the regulatory portfolio and focused on increasing the organization’s visibility among non-traditional congressional stakeholders. Additionally, Ehimika has worked for Strategic Marketing Innovations, a client-focused government relations firm, and in the office of Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) on a wide range of issues. Barbara is a graduate of Le Moyne College and holds a Master of Global Security from Johns Hopkins University.

“I am grateful to the entire staff of the Transportation Trades Department for their dedication to the labor movement after the tragic passing of our past president, Larry Willis,” Regan said. “I am confident that in their new roles, Matthew, Barbara, and Cole will keep TTD on strong footing as we continue to serve as a voice for working Americans in Washington, D.C.”