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Photo: Nicole R. NasonNicole R. Nason


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Nicole R. Nason was sworn in as Administrator of the Federal Highway Administration on May 2, 2019. In this role, she leads a Modal Administration within the U.S. Department of Transportation that is responsible for the Nation’s $49 billion Federal-aid Highway program.

Previously, Ms. Nason was Assistant Secretary of the U.S. State Department’s Bureau of Administration, from December 2017 to March 2019. She also previously served as the Acting Assistant Secretary for Overseas Building Operations and as Senior Advisor to the Secretary of State.

Ms. Nason has served in numerous roles in Washington, D.C., notably as Administrator of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) at the U.S. Department of Transportation (2006–2008), where she was a two-time gold medal winner, the department’s highest honor. She also served as DOT’s Assistant Secretary for Government Affairs (2003–2006). At NHTSA, her many achievements included overseeing new seat belt rules for school buses, rulemaking for electronic stability control systems, and new car seat safety regulations. Under her watch, NHTSA developed the first-ever criteria for crash test ratings for the Five-Star Safety Ratings program and held the first-ever bilateral with the government of the Republic of China on regulations for motor vehicle safety. During her previous tenure at USDOT, Ms. Nason made numerous appearances on national television news programs, testified frequently before Congress, and advocated at the United Nations in Geneva for harmonizing motor vehicle testing.

Previously, Ms. Nason served in the legislative branch as counsel for the U.S. House Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime and as press secretary for Rep. Porter Goss (R-Fla.).

A black belt in karate, Ms. Nason founded Project Koe (KOH-ee) in Connecticut in 2014, empowering women and improving health and fitness using traditional Japanese martial arts techniques.

She has also served two terms on the national board of Mothers Against Drunk Driving and on the board of directors of Shakespeare on the Sound. Her media experience includes a TEDx Talk at American University on finding inner power.

Ms. Nason earned a B.A. in political science and government at American University and a J.D. at Case Western Reserve University School of Law.

Page posted on July 26, 2019.
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