Secretary of Transportation
Washington State Department of Transportation
Lynn Peterson is the C.E.O., aka Secretary of the Washington State Department of Transportation. She was appointed by Governor Jay Inslee in February 2013. Peterson oversees an agency of 6,600 employees, with responsibility for 18,600 lane miles of highway, 3,700 bridges, general aviation airports, passenger- and freight-rail programs, and the Washington State Ferry system, the nation's largest.
Peterson brings a renewed focus on agency efficiencies, accountability and investments in a multimodal system. She supports WSDOT's partnerships with cities and counties, businesses, transit and non-motorized transportation interests to cost-effectively build safe and healthy communities everywhere in Washington state.
Most recently, Peterson served Oregon’s Governor Kitzhaber as his Transportation Policy Advisor where she oversaw transportation-energy policy, statewide transportation funding discussion and implementation of community priorities. She is the former chair of the Clackamas County Commission, where she managed budget-policy direction and resolved long-standing utility and transportation access issues that avoided a development moratorium for a majority of the urban area, allowing continued business growth.
She is also a nationally recognized transportation and land-use integration expert having worked both as a transportation consultant and as a strategic planning manager for TriMet, Portland's regional transportation agency. In those roles, her work resulted in funding for TriMet’s south corridor light rail line and a five-year strategic transit operations and capital investment plan. She was also a transportation advocate for 1000 Friends of Oregon working with communities to develop innovative transportation initiatives; and a transportation planner for Metro, the regional government for the Portland metropolitan area, as a travel-demand forecaster.
Peterson started her career as a highway design and construction engineer at the Wisconsin Department of Transportation. Later she specialized in traffic engineering.
Peterson holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering from University of Wisconsin - Madison, and two Masters degrees from Portland State University, in Civil and Environmental Engineering and Urban and Regional Planning.
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