Secretary of Transportation
Washington State Department of Transportation
Lynn Peterson was appointed Secretary of Transportation in February 2013 by Governor Jay Inslee. Peterson manages 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.
As the Washington State Department of Transportation nears completion of the agency's largest construction program in its history ($16.3 billion), Peterson brings a renewed focus on efficiencies, accountability and investing in a multimodal system. She supports WSDOT's partnerships with cities and counties, businesses, transit, non-motorized transportation and environmental organizations to cost-effectively build safe and healthy communities everywhere in Washington state.
Before joining WSDOT, Peterson served as Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber's Sustainable Communities and Transportation policy advisor. She is the former chair of the Clackamas County Commission and a nationally recognized transportation and land-use integration expert. In her role with Gov. Kitzhaber's administration, Peterson led policy efforts on building a safe, complete and low-carbon transportation system and linking transportation investments to Oregon's economy, housing needs, health and sustainability.
Prior to serving on the Clackamas County Commission, Peterson worked as a transportation consultant and as a strategic planning manager for TriMet, Portland's regional transportation agency. She was also a transportation advocate for 1000 Friends of Oregon and a transportation planner for Metro, the regional government for the Portland metropolitan area.
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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