- Briefing Room
U.S. Department of Transportation
Federal Highway Administration
1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
Washington, DC 20590
On Jan. 20, 2017, Gloria M. Shepherd was named Acting Executive Director for the Federal Highway Administration. In this capacity, Dr. Shepherd assists Acting Deputy Administrator Walter “Butch” Waidelich in managing the daily operations of the FHWA and its workforce of 2,900 transportation professionals. She advises the Administrator on programs and priorities for the agency, and its $44 billion budget.
Since 2007, she served as Associate Administrator for Planning, Environment and Realty. Previously, she served as the FHWA’s Director of the Office of Planning, where she was the agency’s chief advocate for metropolitan and statewide planning and programs.
Dr. Shepherd joined FHWA in 1999 as a career member of the Senior Executive Service. Prior to joining FHWA, she held key positions with the Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT). She served as Staff Director of MDOT's Transportation Solutions Group and Deputy Director, Office of Planning and Preliminary Engineering. She also served as Chief of Staff at the New York State Department of Transportation.
Dr. Shepherd earned a L.L.M. from Georgetown University Law School, a J.D. from Albany Law School – the oldest law school in New York – and is a member of the New York State Bar. In addition, she has earned Doctorate, Master's and Bachelor of Arts degrees in English Communications and Spanish.