Let’s Talk Transit

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Jason Ferbrache was appointed as the Director of the Public Transportation and Parking Department of the City of Oklahoma City (EMBARK) in February 2014 and serves as the Administrator of the Central Oklahoma Transportation and Parking Authority (COTPA). Prior to serving as the Director, Jason fulfilled the responsibilities of the Assistant Director beginning April 2013. Since joining the department, Jason and department staff rebranded Oklahoma City’s transit service, and introduced new transit modes such as Rideshare and OKC Streetcar. With the support of the COTPA Trustees and the City Council, recommendations from a Transit System Analysis were implemented to simplify the bus system, reduce wait times, and provide bus service until midnight and on Sundays. Jason also provides general oversight of four municipal parking garages and on-street parking. Jason has served on the Board of Directors of the Oklahoma Transit Association and is an active member of the South West Transit Association and the American Public Transportation Association. Jason has been employed with the City of Oklahoma City since 2005, where he worked in the Office of Management and Budget in various positions including Deputy Budget Director.
Prior to joining the City, he held management positions in the private sector including working six years in transportation and logistics. Jason is a past member of the Institute for Publicly Engaged Governing’s Trailblazer program, is a board member for Goodwill Industries of Oklahoma, and serves on the Leadership Council of the Integris Healthy Living Center YMCA. Jason earned both his Masters of Business Administration and his Bachelor of Science from Southwestern Oklahoma State University.

Chair of the Day

Nathaniel Harding has an extensive background in petroleum engineering, management and statistical modeling.  He oversees engineering, operations, geo-science, financial analysis, planning, and partner relations.  Nathaniel’s experience in unconventional drilling & completions led to his bringing horizontal development to Antioch’s predecessor, H&S, in 2010, drilling 20 wells in 3 years, and exiting for $120mm.

Nathaniel’s previous experience includes Encana, Occidental, Burlington Resources, and Marathon in unconventional plays of California, Colorado, West Texas and Wyoming in reservoir, drilling, completions and production engineering.  Nathaniel developed a stochastic prospect analysis program and trained corporate A&D at EnCana.  His experience includes field-level operations in multi-well pad drilling & completions, and developing drilling prognoses for wildcat fields.  He has managed field asset teams with $10mm+ LOE budgets, and successfully designed and implemented cost & performance optimizing protocols.  For his work in horizontal drilling & completions, and in statistical analysis, he has been published in SPE, Oil & Gas Monitor, and China Petroleum Exploration.

Nathaniel is a licensed Professional Engineer, and a University of Oklahoma  cum laude graduate in mechanical engineering (BS) and Russian (BA), and an MBA from Oklahoma City University.  He is a decorated Air Force captain, having served at NATO HQ in Afghanistan.  In 2015 the Journal Record recognized Nathaniel as one of Oklahoma’s most admired CEOs.  He is a board director for the OK Independent Petroleum Assoc, the Harold Hamm Diabetes Center, and Oklahoma Contemporary, among other business and community organizations. In  2019 Nathaniel was named a Young Global Leader  by the World Economic Forum, and a Most Admired CEO in Oklahoma by the Journal Record.

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