U.S. Department of Transportation
As U.S. Secretary of Transportation, Foxx leads an agency with more than 55,000 employees and a $70 billion budget that oversees air, maritime, and surface transportation. His primary goal is to ensure that America maintains the safest, most efficient transportation system in the world.
Foxx joined the U.S. Department of Transportation after serving as the mayor of Charlotte, North Carolina, from 2009 to 2013. During that time, he made efficient and innovative transportation investments the centerpiece of Charlotte's job creation and economic recovery efforts. These investments included extending the LYNX light rail system, the largest capital project ever undertaken by the city, which will build new roads, bridges, transit as well as bicycle and pedestrian facilities; expanding Charlotte-Douglas International Airport, the sixth busiest airport in the world; working with North Carolina Governor Beverly Perdue to accelerate the I-485 outer belt loop using a creative design-build-finance approach, the first major project of its kind in North Carolina; and starting the Charlotte Streetcar project.
Prior to being elected mayor, Foxx served two terms on the Charlotte City Council as an At-Large Representative. As a Council Member, Foxx chaired the Transportation Committee, where he helped shepherd the largest transportation bond package in the city’s history, enabling Charlotte to take advantage of record low interest rates and favorable construction pricing to stretch city dollars beyond initial projections. Foxx also chaired the Mecklenburg-Union Metropolitan Planning Organization.
Foxx is an attorney and has spent much of his career in private practice. He also worked as a law clerk for the U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, a trial attorney for the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice, and staff counsel to the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on the Judiciary.
Foxx received a law degree from New York University’s School of Law as a Root-Tilden Scholar, the University’s prestigious public service scholarship. He earned a bachelor’s degree in History from Davidson College.
Foxx and his wife, Samara, have two children, Hillary and Zachary.
Senior Maritime Safety and Security Advisor to the Secretary
Department of Transportation
As the Department of Transportation Leadership representative and incoming Chair for the CMTS Coordinating Board, it gives me great pleasure to be working alongside such a tremendous group of leaders on critical policy issues that challenge, impact, and promote our vital Marine Transportation System (MTS). With the unwavering support of the Secretary of Transportation, commitment of the Coordinating Board, and application of 23 years of maritime experience with the Coast Guard, I am committed to strengthening the CMTS agenda by balancing the needs of the MTS with environmental and societal considerations.
Under Margaret Spring’s leadership and implementation of an aggressive work plan, the CMTS has made significant strides and accomplished a great deal in 2012. It is my goal as the new Chair to maintain the momentum and push important projects currently underway or near completion, including the Infrastructure Investment Plan, e-Navigation Strategy, MTS Performance Metrics, and Arctic Marine Transportation Policy Paper, while simultaneously assessing future MTS priorities requiring the Committee’s attention as we develop an aggressive and robust — yet manageable — work plan for 2013.
The CMTS National Strategy on the Marine Transportation System: A Framework for Action is at the end of its intended shelf life, so it is also imperative that we engage the CMTS agency members and stakeholders, as appropriate, to address the next-generation efforts to ensure that the priorities and ongoing hard work of the CMTS are still in alignment with the original vision and strategic goals set forth by the Cabinet-level Committee. Re-evaluating the National Strategy for the MTS will be a priority of mine, and I look forward to working with the Board over the coming 12 months as we chart a course for the CMTS for the next five years and beyond.
Executive Secretariat of the CMTS
As Director of the Executive Secretariat for the Committee on the Marine Transportation System (CMTS), I have the pleasure of working with civil servants from across the federal government to meet the pressing challenges facing our nation’s Marine Transportation System. The Executive Secretariat provides staff support for the activities, projects, and policy recommendations put forward by the CMTS principals and Coordinating Board. This responsibility requires the coordination of more than 25 different federal agencies and White House offices.
In a fiscally constrained environment, working to leverage existing capabilities and reduce duplication of effort is more important than ever. In general terms, the CMTS has called for action in five priority areas: capacity, safety and security, environmental stewardship, resilience and reliability, and finance and economics. Below are some examples of the work being done by the CMTS:
- The Navigation Technology team is acting to facilitate the integration of federal navigation technologies, data, and services to enhance navigational safety and efficiency and reduce costs associated with the collection and dissemination of critical navigation information.
- The Research and Development team provides a strategic capability to identify, develop, and implement innovative research and technology to address emerging challenges to the Marine Transportation System.
- The U.S. Arctic Marine Transportation team is developing policy recommendations regarding safety, environmental protection, and security in the Arctic region, as sea ice cover continues to recede, creating new opportunities and greater access to marine traffic in the Arctic.
- The e-Navigation team has developed a national strategy that prescribes how the U.S. will implement e-Navigation technology in coordination with industry and other stakeholders in support of a safer and more efficient marine transportation system that is environmentally sound.
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