Thomas R. Shrout's Experience


Building on an historic overwhelming win at the ballot box for an increased tax for St. Louis transit and serving 22 years at the helm of Citizens for Modern Transit, Tom Shrout has joined his wife Debra in forming the consulting company, Avvantt Partners LLC with the goal of assisting communities and institutions with making positive public policy changes and to improve their position in the community whether it be a transit agency, university, business or not-for-profit.

Professional and Civic Involvement

  • Move LA Board Member - 2019 - present
  • Los Angeles South Park Business Improvement District Board Member - 2019 - present
  • Past Chair of the National Association of Public Transit Advocates
  • Steering Committee Center for Transportation Excellence
  • Steering Committee Rail~Volution - 1977-2010
  • Board Member Missouri Public Transit Association 1998-2011 
  • Founder St. Louis Car Sharing Cooperative 
  • Founder Missouri Passenger Rail Coalition
  • Founder Greater St. Louis Transit Alliance
  • Past Chair The Partnership for Downtown St. Louis Transportation and Legislative Affairs Committees
  • Member and Past Vice Chair The Central West End Association
  • Former President Board of Governors Truman State University
  • Member Missouri Commission on the Compensation of Elected Officials 2010-Present

Selected Speaking and Consulting Engagements

  • Transit Initiatives & Community Conference - 2017 - "Winning the Biggest Transit Election in History"
  • Transit Initiatives & Community Conference - 2015 - "Getting to the Ballot" and "How to Win with a Low-Budget Campaign"
  • RailVolution National Conference - 2013 Seattle - "How to Organize Grassroots Support"
  • Self-Help Counties Conference - 2013 San Diego - "Not-for-profit's Role in Passiing Transit Ballot Measures"
  • Transit for Liveable Communities - 2013 - Minneapolis-St. Paul
  • CFTE Transit Initiatives Conference - 2013 - "Winning After a Loss"
  • Metro Detroit Transit Workshop - 2013 - "The Nuts and Bolts of Transit Ballot Campaigns"
  • Nashville Transit Conference
  • Jackson County Regional Rail Initiative
  • Kansas City Regional Transit Alliance
  • Boston - Conservation Law Foundation
  • Pittsburgh Community Reinvestment Group
  • Fort Worth - The T
  • Missouri Public Transit Association
  • Illinois Public Transit Association
  • APTA State Associations Meeting
  • Rail~Volution
  • Columbus, Ohio – 1000 Friends of Central Ohio
  • Cincinnati – Ohio Kentucky Indiana- Regional Council of Governments
  • Louisville – CART
  • Minneapolis/St. Paul – Transit for Livable Communities
  • Tampa – Downtown Partnership
  • Orlando – Lynx
  • International Light Rail Conference
  • Houston – Metro
  • Harrisburg, Pennsylvania – Capital Area Transit


  • Friend of Transit Award - MPTA - 2012
  • Silver Anvil Public Relations Society of America
  • Lamplighter Award St. Louis Public Relations Society
  • Environmental Protection Agency
  • American Lung Association
  • Council for Advancement and Support of Education
  • St. Louis County Council
  • Metro
  • Ad Wheel Award from the American Public Transportation Association


Video testimonials to Tom Shrout shown at 2010 Citizens for Modern Transit Annual Meeting, September 17, 2010 on honoring him for 22 years leading CMT. 

Speakers are John Norquist and Bill Millar.