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Welcome to the "FHWA Works: Careers in Motion Employee Spotlight" series, a look into the careers and lives of Federal Highway Administration employees. Each month, we will introduce you to one of nearly 3,000 FHWA colleagues and highlight the important work they do. Our employees come from all corners of the agency but all offer the same, yet unique sense of dedication and professionalism, all while keeping America's roads and bridges safe.

Check out whose career is in motion and how #FHWAWorks! Discover exactly why our agency is celebrating being ranked in the Top 10 percent of "Best Places to Work in Federal Government!"

To learn more about how FHWA Works, explore the video series on YouTube or FHWA's LinkedIn page.


FHWA Works: Employee Spotlight - Joi Singh

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Full Name: Joi Singh
Title: Realty Specialist
Division/Department: Office of Real Estate Services
Location (City/State): Washington, DC

  1. What is your current position and how long have you been in this role?
    I serve as the National Program Lead for Outdoor Advertising & Junkyard Control. I also serve as lead for Civil Rights and Environmental Justice where they cross-cut with realty programs. I have been privileged to hold this position for just under a year.

  2. What is your typical workday like?
    Ha! There is no such thing as typical. Daily, I interact with division offices, state departments of transportation, attorneys, legislators, and internal stakeholders to provide technical support and guidance on all matters relevant to the Highway Beautification Act, as well as realty programs that are impacted by civil rights and environmental justice concerns. Every day there is a new issue to analyze and a fresh challenge to tackle.

  3. What has been your biggest accomplishment over the last year?
    Professionally, my biggest accomplishment over the past year was taking on a new program area and working diligently to become a subject matter expert. It’s a complicated program and I jumped into the deep end, reading, researching, analyzing, asking questions, training, visiting successful programs to discern best practices, and getting myself to a level of competence where I can speak confidently and authoritatively on outdoor advertising topics. It stretched me to grow and I love that! An additional accomplishment of which I am particularly proud is having raised awareness of how realty, civil rights, and environmental justice intersect, using every available avenue to train and educate. Personally, my biggest accomplishment was launching my first born off to college. I am privileged that he allowed me to coach him through his difficult moments and I am pleased to report that he did exceedingly well his first year!

  4. Prior to working at FHWA, what was the most unusual or interesting job you've ever had?
    One of the most interesting jobs I’ve ever had was that of interim press secretary for Jesse Jackson and the National Rainbow Coalition. I began as an unpaid volunteer with the nonprofit Coalition and occasionally pitched in when the Press Secretary was overwhelmed with work. When she moved on to a new opportunity, to my utter shock she recommended that I take her place. I was young, inexperienced, and WAY out of my league, but I took the reins and performed all functions, including drafting speeches and press releases, running press operations for visiting dignitaries, executing logistics for all media events, and fielding media requests. Jackson was not long off of his bid for the presidency so it was an incredibly busy time. I got to hang out with heads of State and celebrities. It was thrilling and overwhelmingly pressure filled, all at the same time. It was truly a once in a lifetime experience.  

    Next to that, the most interesting job that I’ve ever had was that of Law Clerk to the Administrative Judge of the Circuit Court for Baltimore City, and then Law Clerk to the Chief Judge of the Maryland Court of Appeals. Having the opportunity as a young attorney to see a broad range of cases adjudicated was an invaluable experience. From contract disputes to high profile criminal cases, every day was an adventure.

  5. What are your hobbies in your spare time?
    I have an incurable wanderlust and drink in every conceivable opportunity to travel. I also enjoy reading, writing (there is a novel somewhere inside of me), museums, live music, and am ALWAYS up for a spa day.  I love to antique and am a little bit of a foodie. I have a passion for event planning and hosting. I am my happiest self when surrounded by kith and kin, eating, drinking, and celebrating life.

  6. What is one of the biggest lessons you have learned in your career to get you where you are today?
    Treat everyone equally with kindness and respect. From the janitor to the CEO, I make it my ambition to sincerely communicate, “I value you. I respect who you are. I appreciate what you do.” I believe that when your professional relationships function like lubricant, rather than sand paper, there is no limit to what you can accomplish together.

  7. Complete this sentence: "People would be surprised if they knew..." that I am a belly dancer, performing all over the east coast for the past 11 years, and recently began learning to dance Bachata.

Other Employee Spotlights

Photo of Stephanie Stoermer Full Name: Stephanie Stoermer
Title: Environmental Program Specialist/Archaeologist
Division/Department: Environment, Air Quality & Realty Technical Services Team, Resource Center
Photo of Justin Ocel Full Name: Justin Ocel
Title: Civil Engineer
Division/Department: Turner-Fairbank Highway Research Center - Office of Infrastructure RD&T
Location: McLean, VA
Photo of Dan Wolfe Full Name: Dan Wolfe
Title: Marketing Communication Specialist
Division/Department: Turner-Fairbank Highway Research Center
Location: McLean, VA
Photo of MaryAnn Carpenter Full Name: MaryAnn Carpenter
Title: Transportation Specialist/International Liaison
Division/Department: Federal Highway Administration
Location: Washington, DC
Photo of Brenda Red Wing Full Name: Brenda Red Wing
Title: Senior Advisor for the Program Management Improvement Team Leader
Division/Department: Director of Field Services
Location: Lakewood, CO
Photo of Melinda Urban Full Name: Melinda Urban
Title: Senior Area Engineer
Division/Department: FHWA Colorado Division
Location: Lakewood, CO
Photo of Monica Jurado Full Name: Monica Jurado
Title: Pavements and Materials Engineer
Division/Department: FHWA Resource Center
Location: El Paso, TX
Photo of Al-Hasan Rashida Full Name: Al-Hasan Rashida
Title: Multimedia Specialist
Division/Department: Office of Management Services
Location: Washington, DC
Photo of Neil Gaffney Full Name: Neil Gaffney
Title: Public Affairs Specialist
Division/Department: Office of Public Affairs
Location: Washington, DC
Photo of Susie Tingler Full Name: Susie Tingler
Title: Management Assistant
Division/Department: Director of Field Services
Location: Baltimore, MD
Photo of Christopher Douwes Full Name: Christopher Douwes
Title: Community Planner; commonly known as the Transportation Alternatives and Recreational Trails Program Manager
Division/Department: Office of Human Environment
Location: Washington, DC
Photo of Mohammed Yousuf Full Name: Mohammed Yousuf
Title: Program Manager, ATTRI/Transportation Research Specialist
Division/Department: FHWA Office of Operations R&D
Location: McLean, Virginia
Photo of Rebecca T. Crowe Full Name: Rebecca T. Crowe (Becky)
Title: Transportation Specialist
Division/Department: Office of Safety
Location: ADL- Virginia Division; Richmond, VA
Photo of Jihan Kamel Noizet Full Name: Jihan Kamel Noizet
Title: Transportation Specialist
Division/Department: Office of International Programs
Location: Washington, DC
Photo of Todd Kohr Full Name: Todd Kohr
Title: Legislative Analysis Team Leader
Division/Department: Office of Policy and Governmental Affairs
Location: Washington, DC
Photo of Kirsten Poston Full Name: Kirsten Poston
Title: Disability Policy Analyst
Division/Department: Office of Civil Rights
Location: Washington, DC
Photo of Agnes Vélez Full Name: Agnes R. Vélez
Title: Transportation Specialist
Division/Department: Office of International Programs
Location: Washington, DC
Photo of Dan Mathis Full Name: Dan Mathis
Title: Division Administrator
Division/Department: Washington Division
Location: Olympia, WA
Photo of Bruce Moody Full Name: Bruce Moody
Title: Program Management Analyst
Division/Department: Oregon and Washington Divisions
Location: Salem, OR
Photo of Joey Hartmann Full Name: Joey Hartmann
Title: Director of the Office of Bridges and Structures
Division/Department: Office of Infrastructure
Location: Washington, DC
Photo of Marissa Romero Full Name: Marissa Romero
Title: Division Bridge Engineer
Division/Department: Arizona Division Office
Location: Phoenix, AZ
Photo of Doug Hecox Full Name: Doug Hecox
Title: Spokesman
Division/Department: Federal Highway Administration
Location: Washington, DC
Photo of Tome White Full Name: Tom White
Title: Social Media Coordinator
Division/Department: Office of Public Affairs
Location: Washington, DC
Photo of Ralph M. Davis Full Name: Ralph M. Davis
Title: Supervisory Transportation Specialist
Division/Department: Office of Government and Policy Affairs, Office of Highway Policy Information
Location: Washington, DC
Photo of Doug Atkin Full Name: Doug Atkin
Title: Assistant Division Administrator Nebraska Division
Division/Department: Nebraska Division
Location: Lincoln, Nebraska
Photo of Norah Ocel Full Name: Norah M. Ocel, P.E.
Title: Transportation Operations Team Leader/Highway Safety Engineer
Division/Department: Eastern Federal Lands Highway Division
Location: Sterling, Virginia
Photo of LaToya Hines Full Name: LaToya Hines
Title: Staff Assistant to the FHWA Administrator
Division/Department: Office of the Administrator
Location: Washington, DC
Photo of Travis Thomas Full Name: Travis Thomas
Title: Lead IT Specialist
Division/Department: Office of Information Technology Service/Office of Administration (HAD)
Location: Washington, DC
Photo of Brittany Broussard Full Name: Brittany Broussard
Title: Human Resources Specialist
Division/Department: FHWA/Office of Human Resources
Location: Washington, DC
Roger Ryder Full Name: Roger Ryder
Title: Senior Stewardship Advisor/Director of Operations
Division/Department: FHWA Pennsylvania Division
Location: Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
Jennifer Nicks Full Name: Jennifer Nicks, PhD, PE
Title: Research Geotechnical Engineer
Division/Department: Office of Infrastructure Research & Development (R&D)
Location: Turner-Fairbank Highway Research Center,
McLean, Virginia
Trinette D. Ballard Full Name: Trinette D. Ballard
Title: Marketing and Communications Specialist
Division/Department: FHWA Florida Division
Location: Tallahassee, Florida
Jaun C. Garcia Full Name: Juan C. Garcia
Title: Multimedia Specialist
Division/Department: Management Services/Office of Administration (HAD)
Location: Washington, DC
Melissa Yu Full Name: Melissa Yu
Title: Marketing and Communications Specialist
Division/Department: Center for Accelerating Innovation
Location: Washington, DC
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