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New NYS DOT Chief: Joan McDonald

Submitted by Dan Hendrick on Thu, 2011-01-20 16:13.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has nominated Joan McDonald to be the next commissioner of the New York State Department of Transportation.

Joan McDonaldJoan McDonaldIn that position, McDonald will play a key role in advancing sustainable mass transit initiatives, including high speed rail, smart growth and much more

With deep policy experience in the areas of transportation, budgeting and planning, McDonald is a veteran of New York State, New York City and Connecticut government circles. 

From 2003-2007, she was the Senior Vice President of Transportation for the New York City Economic Development Corporation. Prior to joining the NYCEDC, she spent five years as the Vice President of Jacobs Engineering. 

McDonald was Deputy Commissioner for Planning & Traffic Operations for the New York City Department of Transportation from 1995-1998 and served as the Director of Capital and Long Range Planning for the MTA Metro-North Railroad for the three years prior to that. She served as Special Assistant to the Speaker of the New York State Assembly from 1991-1992.

She is currently serving as the Commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development.

Denise Richardson, an NYLCV board member and Managing Director of the General Contractors Association of New York, said "Joan McDonald's broad range of expertise dealing with transportation and infrastructure contract, budgeting and project delivery issues in both the public and private sectors will be an asset to Governor's Cuomo's goals to create jobs and streamline government."

NYLCV Blog | Filed Under: Transportation,Statewide

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