Posted by Jeff Mullan, MassDOT Secretary & Chief Executive Officer
I have had the privilege of knowing many outstanding leaders and public servants over the years. Jane Garvey is a leader among leaders.
I had the honor last evening of introducing Jane at a Leadership Dinner held by the Engineering Center Education Trust, an outstanding organization that supports engineering and surveying professions and science, math, engineering, and technology in public schools.
Jane is extraordinary- a committed professional, an expert in transportation, and a competent leader blessed with extraordinary grace and character who stands for excellence.
Many of you know her as the former Commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Public Works. But she has also served her community, the Commonwealth, and the nation in so many different ways. She was a school teacher, the Executive Director of Massport, Deputy Administrator of the Federal Highway Administration and eventually appointed by President Clinton as the first female Administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration. She has also had a successful private career, including her current role as North American Chair of Meridian Infrastructure.
In each of those positions, she has done what she does best – worked hard, made friends, and gotten results – a formula that Jane has proven works as well in the classroom as it does in the Congress. As well in South Hadley as in Paris. But to me what sets Jane apart from anyone else I know is her ability to read people and situations – to know when it’s right and when it’s wrong and to know when it’s straight and when it’s not. It is these qualities that have led her to mentor so many people and to play a particularly important role in advancing the cause of women in leadership.
At a time when our Commonwealth and our nation yearn for leaders, Jane has distinguished herself. During her time in state government, she helped us launch the Central Artery/Tunnel Project. While in the Clinton Administration, she helped usher in the era of innovating financing and later worked to restore our faith in the safety of the nation’s skies in the wake of the tragedy of September 11th. She returned to public service at the request of President Obama and to the appreciation of Secretary LaHood to held lead the President’s transportation transition effort. Today, she is working on projects all over the country, all of which are a very long way from South Hadley.
On behalf of Governor Patrick, Lt. Governor Murray and the men and women of the Department of Transportation, I salute Jane Garvey as one of our nation’s leaders, a trailblazer, and a true visionary in transportation.