Gregory G. Nadeau
2015 — 2017
Federal Highway Administrator
On August 11, 2015, Gregory G. Nadeau was sworn in as the nation’s 19th Administrator of the Federal Highway Administration by U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx. Nadeau had served as Deputy Administrator since 2009, and was nominated by President Barack Obama for the agency’s top position on May 11, 2015.
Nadeau has directed the development and administration of the Every Day Counts (EDC) innovation partnership with the states. EDC is designed to reduce project delivery time and accelerate the rapid deployment of innovative technology using a state-based model. Partnering with FHWA teams across the nation on the implementation of EDC are state DOT and local partners, as well as stakeholders in the private and non-profit transportation sectors. EDC strategies and technologies provide state and local governments with innovative solutions that are saving time, saving money, and saving lives.
Leading the FHWA, Nadeau has overseen the agency’s work with state DOTs to make use of these innovations nationwide. Nadeau continues to play a critical role in developing regional summits and promoting the development of State Transportation Innovation Councils that bring together representatives throughout the highway transportation community to match new technologies with current and future transportation projects and make them standard practice.
In addition to keeping roadway fatalities on U.S. roads at historic lows, he oversaw the introduction of a data-driven approach to pinpoint states’ deadliest intersections and led efforts to develop effective, low-cost measures that have significantly reduced the number of crashes nationwide.
Nadeau serves on the USDOT Freight Policy Council. The Council advises U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx on the development and implementation of MAP-21 freight policy provisions, including the National Freight Policy and the President’s National Export Initiative.
Before joining FHWA, Nadeau served as the Maine Department of Transportation's (MaineDOT) Deputy Commissioner for Policy, Planning and Communications from 2003-2009. In this role, he was responsible for state and federal policy, statewide transportation system planning, communications, freight and business services, and passenger transportation. He also advocated for and led efforts to approach transportation planning on a systems basis utilizing all modes, and minimizing impact on communities and the environment through integrated regional and community based planning.
Nadeau also served as Senior Policy Advisor to Governor Angus King from 1995 to 2001 and was responsible for a number of policy areas, including transportation, economic development, energy and utilities, environmental protection and labor. From 1978 to 1990, he represented the city of Lewiston in the Maine House of Representatives.