Denise Turner Roth is the first woman, and the first African American woman, to lead a business line at WSP USA. She directs the firm's strategic advisory services across all market sectors. Denise is responsible for integrating the firm's technical expertise in planning, engineering, program/construction management and operations with the strategic thinking needed by owners, developers and operators to successfully deliver infrastructure programs and projects.
Denise has extensive experience in building services, technology transformation for the federal government, community relations, public private partnerships, and policy work in economic development. She also has extensive and successful public sector executive service in real estate development, procurement oversight, and property operations and management, enabling her to offer enhanced strategic advisory capabilities to the public-sector development domain.
Throughout her 20 years of public service, Denise has held various leadership positions at the federal and local government levels. She served as administrator for the General Services Administration from March 2015 to January 2017, leading a workforce of 12,000 full-time employees with responsibility for a $27 billion budget that supported the agency’s public buildings, federal acquisition and technology services programs.
Denise is a graduate of George Mason University, where she earned a bachelor's degree in political science and government and received an honorary Doctorate of Letters in recognition of her distinguished public service. She is a fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration.