Sophia Mohr

Chief Innovation and Technology Officer

Central Ohio Transit Authority

As the first Chief Innovation and Technology Officer for the Central Ohio Transit Authority (COTA), Sophia
brought a keen understanding of the rapid transformation of the global transportation industry.
Since joining COTA in September 2019, Sophia has focused on expanding the use of technology to
reimagine and advance mobility. She has played a key role in rolling out the first bus on-demand service
in North America, which was honored in 2021 by the Intelligent Transportation Society of America with the
Best of Mobility On-Demand Award. Sophia is also instrumental in an effort to share artificial intelligence
data regarding traffic, infrastructure and connected vehicle data across Central Ohio to improve safety. In
November 2021, her team launched COTA’s digital payment system which improves equity and access
for transit customers.

Sophia serves on several boards and committees:
-  ITS America’s Mobility on Demand Committee, Chair
-  Ohio intellectual Property Alliance, Member
-  Buckeye Engineering Women in Executive Leadership, Marketing Committee Co-Chair
-  The Ohio State University Center for Automotive Research, External Advisory Committee Member

Sophia comes to COTA from the private sector, having worked 17 years at NetJets, a Berkshire
Hathaway company headquartered in Columbus. She joined NetJets in 2002 as a business analyst and
became the company’s first director of product development, and then its first vice president of owner
experience design and strategy. Prior to NetJets, Sophia started her career as a human factors design
engineer for IBM, then served as a consultant and manager for a global technology and consulting

A Columbus native, Sophia earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in industrial and systems
engineering from The Ohio State University, with a specialization in designing systems and services for