Alexandra Holt was appointed to the Metra Board of Directors in September 2017 by Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel.
Ms. Holt came to Metra after a long career as a lawyer and public servant, most notably serving as director of the city of Chicago’s Office of Budget and Management from May 2011 until July 2017. In this capacity, she oversaw a $9.8 billion operating budget and reduced the city’s operating deficit by $500 million to its lowest point in nearly a decade. She also implemented a multi-year financial reform strategy for the city and played a role in the development and execution of long-term funding and reform legislation for the city’s four pension funds.
During this time, Ms. Holt also served as a board member of the Chicago Development Fund, a trustee of the Chicago Labor Management Cooperation Committee and as a member of the Deferred Compensation Committee, which oversees Chicago’s $3 billion employee deferred compensation plan.
From June 2007 to May 2011 she practiced law at the firm Baker and McKenzie, focusing her practice on infrastructure privatization, real estate transactions and financing.
Ms. Holt began her career in public service in 1992 as an assistant and then deputy commissioner in the city’s Department of Environment managing, developing and implementing the city’s inspection and enforcement programs of municipal, federal and state air quality and waste handling statutes. She also served as an assistant to Mayor Richard M. Daley and then as managing deputy director of the city’s Office of Budget and Management under Mayor Daley.
Ms. Holt received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Texas at Austin in 1989, a Master of Arts from the University of Chicago, Harris School of Public Policy in 1992 and a Juris Doctor from the University of Chicago Law School in 2007.