Melinda White is CEO of Transit Wireless – industry leading designers, builders, and operators of 5G communications infrastructure to connect people, improve communities and advance economies. She has more than 20 years of senior leadership experience in the wireless and telecommunications industry, including 5G, Smart Networks, public-private partnerships, and network edge strategy.
At Transit Wireless, Melinda is a hands-on CEO, driving revenue from Transit Wireless’s fiber network, and providing industry leading “Smart Transit” and 5G neutral host services to mobile network operators and transit authorities around the country.
Previously, Melinda served as CEO of Black Walnut Ventures; President, West Region, of Frontier Communications; and held senior leadership roles at Wink Communications, Cox Communications and Cellular One.
Melinda is an evangelist for the power of Public-Private Partnerships to connect the unconnected and transform cities around the nation into “Connected Communities.” She currently serves on the board of Resonance A.I. and on Harvard Kennedy School’s Women’s Leadership Board. She earned an M.B.A. from Tulane University and a B.B.A. from Texas’ Howard Payne University.
Jeff Garte serves as the CFO of Transit Wireless, responsible for all aspects of finance and IT.
Jeff joined Transit Wireless with over twenty years of financial and operational experience in public and private companies with domestic and international operations. He brings a focus on connecting operational actions with financial results to drive strategic outcomes.
Prior to joining Transit Wireless, Jeff was CFO of Globecomm. He has also held various senior financial roles at Hibernia Networks, AboveNet Communications and CSC ServiceWorks. He began his career in the investment banking divisions at Evercore and UBS.
Jeff holds an undergraduate degree from Hamilton College and an MBA from Columbia University.
Jyoti Mahurkar-Thombre serves as Chief Technology Officer of Transit Wireless, responsible for technology strategy, including engineering, network operations, R&D, and product development.
Jyoti comes to Transit Wireless with more than 30 years of global technology experience. She was previously CTO of Landis+Gyr, a recognized leader in smart metering technologies. Prior to that, she served in roles of increasing responsibility at Alcatel-Lucent and Nokia, including as President of APAC Global Customer Delivery and Vice President of Wireless R&D.
Jyoti’s areas of expertise are in telecommunications, wireless networks, R&D, and services. She has worked across the globe and completed assignments in New Zealand, Shanghai, Switzerland and the United States.
She earned a bachelor’s degree in computer science and engineering from the University of Illinois and holds master’s degrees in computer science and engineering management from Northwestern University.
Julia serves as General Counsel for Transit Wireless, bringing over 30 years of experience leading legal, compliance and regulatory teams.
Most recently, Julia was the founding partner of Law Offices of Julia Hanft, a private law firm providing business legal solutions for small and medium enterprise companies. Prior to founding her private practice, Julia served as Executive Vice President, General Counsel, and Corporate Secretary for Globecomm Systems Inc., a leading provider of complex communications solutions for commercial and government customers throughout the world. There, she was responsible for the company’s contracts and legal matters, procurement, quality, trade compliance, and information security across all subsidiaries, both domestic and international.
Her previous experience includes as a contracts manager for Lockheed Martin Aeronautics, where she managed the contract activities for multi-billion-dollar contracts and proposals with government agencies in Italy, Australia, and the United Kingdom.
Julia holds a J.D. from Georgia State University College of Law (magna cum laude) and a B.S. in Business and Management from University of Redlands (with Distinction), and is admitted to practice law in both New York and Georgia.