Earlier this week the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) announced Gloria Shepherd as the new Executive Director for the agency. Ms. Shephard is the first woman and the first African American to fulfill this role since the agency was founded in 1971. 

The newly appointed FHWA Executive Director said she was humbled by the opportunity, stating, “It does not fall short on me the enormous responsibility that comes with the position. I am grateful that history has allowed me to fulfill the dreams of my parents and relatives who have gone on and bent their shoulders low, so I could stand on them in this position of public service.”

During her 23-year career at FHWA she has been a staunch advocate for agency workforce development, while driving environmental justice and national transportation programs. She most recently served as the Associate Administrator for Planning, Environment, and Realty, and prior to that was the Director of the Office of Planning. Before joining the FHWA, she worked with the Maryland State Highway Administration and the New York Department of Transportation.

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