John 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. He is also currently serving as the interim executive director of the Gateway Development Corporation.
Prior to joining WSP in December 2013, John was deputy secretary at the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT). As chief operating officer for an executive branch department with a $77 billion annual budget—composed of 10 operating administrations and 55,000 employees worldwide—John was responsible for managing all USDOT operations, which include operation of the nation’s airspace and air traffic control system; funding the interstate, national highway, transit and passenger rail systems; safety regulation and oversight of aviation, passenger vehicle, truck, motor coach, pipeline industries; and promotion of the maritime and merchant marine industry.
John twice served as secretary of the Maryland Department of Transportation, from 2007 to 2009 and from 1999 to 2003, managing a state agency responsible for integrated highway, transit, aviation, port, bridge and tunnel authority and motor vehicle administration components, with 9,300 employees and a $3.2 billion annual budget. John was instrumental in the oversight of several multibillion-dollar projects in Maryland, including the Woodrow Wilson Bridge Replacement; the Purple Line, a 16-mile light rail transit extension; and the state’s first all-electronic tolled highway, the Intercounty Connector. At the federal level, he was responsible for $48 billion of Recovery Act projects nationwide, and was one of the leaders of an interagency effort to re-engineer the permitting and review process to expedite the delivery of certain infrastructure projects identified as high-priority. These major investments included the Whittier Bridge/I-95 Improvement Project in Massachusetts and the Tappan Zee Bridge in New York.
John has a master’s degree in public administration from the Nelson A. Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy at the State University of New York at Albany and a B.A. in political science from the University of Dayton. He has served on the board of directors of the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials, the American Public Transportation Association, the World Trade Center Institute, and the National Aquarium in Baltimore.