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Warren S. Whitlock

Associate Administrator for Civil Rights
Federal Highway Administration

Warren Whitlock began his tenure at the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) in September 2011. In this capacity, Mr. Whitlock provides national leadership in the development and implementation of FHWA's civil rights initiatives, and establishes systems to monitor and measure the adequacy, impact, and effectiveness of programs.

From February 2009 to September 2011, Mr. Whitlock served as the Director of the Office of Civil Rights at the New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) where he was responsible for the development and implementation of NYSDOT's Civil Rights programs. Mr. Whitlock served as the Director of Construction Coordination for Columbia University from 2002 to 2009. At Columbia, Mr. Whitlock served as an executive member of the University's Facilities Management team and helped develop and execute the University's $1.2 billion capital program and $8 billion campus expansion in the Manhattanville area of West Harlem, New York. Additionally, he directed the development of a successful minority, women and local business enterprise (MWLBE) initiative which, achieved arguably the highest minority, women, and business enterprise (MWBE) utilization of any peer institution in the United States. He also created Columbia's MWBE mentor program with the City of New York and leading construction industry stakeholders.

Mr. Whitlock also served as the Executive Director of the Harlem Community Development Corporation; First Deputy Commissioner of the New York City Community Development Agency and the New York City Economic Development Agency. In addition to management positions on Wall Street, Mr. Whitlock served as a consultant to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in Somalia, East Africa, where he lived and worked for four years.

Mr. Whitlock is an adjunct professor of Urban Planning at Brooklyn College's Graduate Center for Worker Education and a Trustee of the Morris Jumel Mansion in New York City. He is a member of the Executive Committee of the Urban Land Institute's New York District Council. He participated in several Advisory Services Panels including Urban Land Institute's plan for the re-development of post-Katrina New Orleans in 2005 where he chaired the infrastructure committee.

Mr. Whitlock has an AB from Princeton University and a Masters in Real Estate Development from the Graduate School of Architecture Planning and Preservation at Columbia University where he is also a Charles H. Revson Fellow.

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