Governor Wolf Announces Changes to SEPTA Board
May 09, 2017
Harrisburg, PA – Today, Governor Wolf announced that Representative Dwight Evans will be stepping down from his position on the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) board effective immediately. The governor has appointed Deputy Chief of Staff Obra S. Kernodle IV to fill the vacant position.
“I would like to thank Representative Evans for his extensive work to secure dedicated revenues for mass transit throughout the commonwealth,” said Governor Wolf. “His many years of service has earned him a reputation as an expert in transit matters and his guidance in this capacity will be missed.”
In 1991, Representative Evans helped establish the Public Transportation Assistance Fund, Act 26, the first dedicated funding source for mass transit. In 2005, Evans forged the establishment of a Transportation Funding and Reform Commission, an initiative adopted by former Governor Ed Rendell that provided strategies to stabilize transit funding. Most recently, Rep. Evans championed Act 89 of 2013, which provided a comprehensive, statewide funding plan for transportation. In 2016, he played a key role in resolving the weeklong transit strike resulting in a five-year contract for 4,738 transit personnel.
Obra S. Kernodle IV will replace Representative Evans as the governor’s appointee on the SEPTA board. Born and raised in Philadelphia, Kernodle is a graduate of Roman Catholic High School. He obtained his Bachelor of Arts in Education from Florida Agricultural & Mechanical University in 2002. Most recently, before his appointment as a member of Governor Wolf’s senior staff, Obra was a senior advisor for Governor-elect Tom Wolf’s transition team. Prior to joining the Wolf for Governor Campaign, Obra worked in Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter’s Administration as Deputy of Legislative Affairs, helping to coordinate the city’s Actual Value Initiative. In 2012, Obra was part of President Obama’s reelection effort as the Pennsylvania Southeast Political Director. Obra currently sits on the boards of Visit Philly and Welcome America.