MassDOT Secretary Richard Davey today announced Jean Fox as the new manager of the South Coast Rail project.
A Freetown resident, who serves on the Board of Selectmen, Fox has worked at the Greater New Bedford Workforce Investment Board (WIB) since 2007.
At the WIB, Fox has worked closely with many community leaders and elected officials, and she has developed strong relationships with civic organizations and other community-based groups in southeastern Massachusetts.
As manager of the project to bring commuter rail service to Fall River, New Bedford, and Taunton, Fox’s responsibilities will include securing funding for construction and operation of the lines, shepherding the project through the environmental review and permitting process, and keeping the public fully engaged throughout the design phase.
Fox earned her B.A. from the University of New Mexico and M.B.A. from George Washington University. She lives in Freetown with her husband, Lou, and has three grown children. In addition to the Freetown Board of Selectmen, she serves on the Bristol County Commission on the Status of Women, the South Coast Education Compact, as well as a number of school and education advisory boards in New Bedford.
She begins her new job at MassDOT Monday, September 12.