Founder/Owner, Board Member
Feysan Lodde is the visionary who transformed transportation contracting with the founding of MV Transportation. She remains an owner of the company, a member of MV’s Board of Directors, and a fierce defender of disability rights.
Lodde’s commitment to serving individuals with disabilities, as well as giving back to her community, is fueled by an unwavering drive to improve the quality of life for those most in need. MV’s motto, “we provide freedom” reflects her story, and captures the spirit with which she leads the organization.
Beginning as MV’s first vehicle operator, dispatcher, road supervisor, manager, and community liaison, Lodde exemplifies all that MV represents – a commitment to professional development for employees and dedication to providing the best service possible to our clients and riders. She has travelled the roads – literally and metaphorically – that each of MV’s 12,000 employees travels each day, and has never forgotten what it takes to serve the passenger community.
Instrumental in MV’s historic volunteer efforts during Hurricane Katrina, Lodde spearheaded the company’s caravan to disaster stricken New Orleans in 2005. Under Lodde’s leadership, MV sent 52 vehicles and more than 100 personnel to assist in rescue and recovery operations for more than 2 months. While there, the MV team established shuttles between New Orleans and Baton Rouge for hospital patients to three of the city’s functioning hospitals, and transported military personnel and residents to various parts of the state. Shortly thereafter, Lodde established the Freedom of Mobility Foundation, a charitable branch of the company with the ongoing goal to increase access to transportation for persons with disabilities and seniors.
Today, Feysan Lodde helps guide the strategic vision of MV, working with the Board and its Strategic Advisors to promote the company’s successful growth and maturity. Her most recent undertaking is the creation and leadership of MV’s Blueprint For Continued Success, a committee dedicated to garnering feedback from employees to confirm that MV is living up to its promises to its employees, clients, and the communities we serve. Lodde is a member of several organizations, but finds her greatest joy in helping others through her many philanthropic endeavors, including her annual contributions to organizations such as Lighthouse For the Blind, the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children), Centers for Independent Living, the National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Inc. and many others. Among her many awards, Lodde is the recipient of:
- 2011 Entrepreneur Award Winner, 13th Annual Madam C. J. Walker Business and Community Recognition Awards Luncheon (www.onehundredblackwomen.com)
- 2010 History Makers Awards, Powerful Women of the Bay (honoree)
- 2008 East Bay Business Times, Women of Distinction
- 2008 East Bay Business Times, 24 East Bay Women-Led Businesses
- 2009 Mae C. Jemison Award, COMTO Cincinnati Chapter (www.comtocincinnati.com)