Messages from Leadership

Anthony Foxx

Anthony Foxx

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.

RDML Joseph A. Servidio

Assistant Commandant for Prevention Policy, U.S. Coast Guard

Rear Admiral Joseph A. Servidio is currently the Assistant Commandant for Prevention Policy overseeing Coast Guard Compliance and Enforcement, Marine Transportation Systems, and Commercial Regulations and Standards. The three directorates under his leadership include policy experts in waterways management, navigation and boating safety, commercial vessels, ports and facilities, merchant mariner credentialing, vessel documentation, marine casualty investigations, inspections, and port state control.

Most recently, he has served as Special Advisor for Homeland Security to the Vice President and as the First Coast Guard District Chief of Staff. He has served as Commanding Officer Sector St. Petersburg; Chief, Coast Guard Office of Compliance; Department of Transportation to Department of Homeland Security, Transition Team; Commanding Officer, Marine Safety Office San Juan; Executive Officer Marine Safety Office San Diego; Instructor and School Chief for the Coast Guard's Marine Inspection and Investigation School at Training Center Yorktown; Supervisor, Coast Guard Resident Office St. Croix; Vessel Inspector and Investigator at Marine Inspection Office New York; and engineer onboard the Coast Guard Icebreaker NORTHWIND.

Rear Admiral Servidio is a 1982 graduate of the U. S. Coast Guard Academy in New London, Connecticut, earning a Bachelor of Science Degree in Ocean Engineering. He has also earned two Master of Science Degrees in Engineering from the University of Michigan (Naval Architecture/Marine Engineering and Mechanical Engineering), and a Master of Science Degree in National Resource Strategy from the Industrial College of the Armed Forces. He is a Licensed Professional Engineer in the State of Michigan.

Rear Admiral Servidio's military awards include three Legion of Merit Medals, four Meritorious Service Medals, the Transportation 9-11 Medal, three Coast Guard Commendation Medals, and two Coast Guard Achievement Medals.

Helen Brohl

Helen Brohl

Executive Director
Executive Secretariat of the CMTS

In July 2013, I commemorated seven years as Executive Director of the US Committee on the Marine Transportation System (CMTS). And what a whirlwind it has been! In the early years, much time was spent developing the organization, establishing day-to-day operations, and working to institutionalize the value of federal agency participation in a marine transportation system (MTS) partnership. Developing and adopting the first-ever National Strategy on the Marine Transportation System in 2008 was a significant Partnership milestone that set the stage for many other meaningful agreements and activities, including The Strategic Action Plan for Research and Development in the MTS, The e-Navigation Strategic Action Plan, the joint response to the National Ocean Policy, review of the National Dredge Policy, and “best practices” regarding breakaway barges to reduce harmful impacts to the MTS. In addition, the CMTS and the Transportation Research Board have co-sponsored two MTS research and development conferences (the next one in June 2014!), and recently, the CMTS developed the Handbook of Federal MTS Funding Sources and the Federal MTS Infrastructure Investment Data Map. As the years have passed, the CMTS partnership has been institutionalized and become a reliable forum for the myriad of Federal MTS interests and in support of our Nation’s MTS.

In July 2013, the CMTS chairman, Anthony Foxx, delivered to the President the CMTS report “U.S. Arctic Marine Transportation System: Overview and Priorities for Action.” This report provides a comprehensive summary of over 20 federal activities and reports regarding the need for a systematic approach to advance the U.S. Arctic MTS. This CMTS report also informed the development of the White House integrated Arctic management report and the National Strategy for the Arctic Region.

The CMTS is an extraordinary federal interagency partnership of over 25 active members, and as the organization grows in value, so does its membership. In 2013 our membership grew further; the National Ocean Council and the National Maritime Intelligent Integration Office joined the partnership! We remain indebted to the dedicated agency members to provide expertise and resources to the Executive Secretariat and CMTS activities. In a fiscally constrained environment, working to leverage existing capabilities and reduce duplication of effort is more important than ever. I encourage you to review the CMTS Compendium of Federal MTS Programs (, which provides a quick at-a-glance visual on the breadth and scope of Federal MTS programs and a telling presentation of why the CMTS continues to be needed and of value to the U.S. MTS.

Welcome to the CMTS web site! Please peruse the contents and let us know where we can provide better and more informative information on the importance of the U.S. MTS to our Nation!

The CMTS is a Federal interagency coordinating committee directed by Congress and charter to improve the coordination of and make recommendations with regard to Federal policies that impact the MTS.