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FHWA Works: Careers in Motion
FHWA Works: Employee Spotlight - 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
What is your current position and how long have you been in this role?
My title is Chief of Motor Fuel and Finance Division in the Office of Highway Policy Information, Office of Government and Policy Affairs. I have served in this position since September 2012.
What is your typical workday like?
The majority of a typical day is spent mining the many data sets under my purview, meeting with staff and responding to inquiries from internal and external customers.
What has been your biggest accomplishment over the last year?
My focus has been on improving the quality and timeliness of the data we produce and transforming it from data to usable information for effective decision-making.
Prior to working at FHWA, what was the most unusual or interesting job you've ever had?
I had the privilege of serving consecutive terms as Virginia's Deputy Secretary of Transportation in the Cabinets of Governors Mark Warner and Tim Kaine, respectively.
What are your hobbies in your spare time?
I enjoy motorcycle riding. I participated in the Virginia Motorcycle Grand Tour over the last several years, amassing 20,000 in miles in 2010. I rode the infamous "Tail of the Dragon" in 2014. I'm a bicyclist. I enjoy reading and writing and have started a series called "Life's Lessons," which is a compilation of narratives I have written and speeches I have given over time.
What is one of the biggest lessons you have learned in your career to get you where you are today?
There is not just one biggest lesson. I think that proper training, being proficient at your particular craft combined with being flexible, taking risks and maintaining strong relationships are keys to a successful career.
Complete this sentence: "People would be surprised if they knew..."
People would be surprised if they knew that my career has turned 360 degrees and I am now in what is often called an "encore or extended career," having served over 30 years at various capacities for the Commonwealth of Virginia.
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