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Sophia Mohr

Sophia Mohr is the first Chief innovation Officer for the Central Ohio Transit Authority (COTA). Sophia’s understanding of the rapid transformation of the global transportation industry made her an ideal fit to join COTA in 2019 to look at the future mobility of Central Ohio.

As Chief Innovation Officer, Sophia works to integrate innovative ideas into all divisions at COTA, with a focus on expanding the use of technology to reimagine and advance mobility for Central Ohio. Mohr spearheaded an effort to bring agencies across 13 counties together to share traffic, connected vehicle and infrastructure data through Waycare, a mobility and artificial intelligence web platform. Another accomplishment she is proud of is the launch of the first bus-on-demand service in the United States.

Mohr comes from the private sector, beginning her career at IBM and working 17 years at NetJets, a Berkshire Hathaway company in Columbus. Ultimately, she became the first vice president of owner experience design and strategy. Under her direction, her team designed and developed strategies to improve the customer experience for NetJets’ clients.

Mohr, a Columbus native, earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in industrial and systems engineering from The Ohio State University.

Twitter: @sophiamohr


Engineer. Innovator. Transformer.