President Biden Appoints Progressive Leaders to Head FMCSA, FHWA, and NHTSA

Washington D.C. – Today, the United States Department of Transportation (USDOT) announced dozens of new appointments to the Department made by President Biden.

Mr. Biden appointed Meera Joshi to serve as Deputy Administrator of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA).


Joshi is the former Commissioner of the New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission (TLC), where she oversaw the largest private for-hire ground transportation industry in the United States.

Before serving as Commissioner, Joshi was TLC’s Deputy Commissioner for Legal Affairs and General Counsel.

Prior to that, she also served as the first Deputy Executive Director of the New York City Civilian Complaint Review Board which is the agency tasked with investigating complaints of police misconduct.


She also served as an Inspector General for the New York City Department of Investigation and was responsible for overseeing New York City’s Department of Correction, Probation, Juvenile Justice, and the TLC.

Joshi is yet another Biden appointment from the transportation leadership in New York.

Earlier this week, the President named former NYC Transportation Commissioner Polly Trottenberg as the Deputy to USDOT secretary nominee Pete Buttigieg.

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Other notable appointments include: Massachusetts Department of Transportation Secretary Stephanie Pollack who will serve as Deputy Administrator of the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), and Steven Cliff who will serve as Deputy Administrator of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).


Cliff previously served as Deputy Executive Officer at the California Air Resources Board (CARB).

“This experienced team looks forward to getting right to work on behalf of the American people to deliver on policies and projects that will create jobs, equitably serve all Americans, and meet the climate crisis,” said Carlos Monje Jr., Senior Advisor to the Secretary and acting Chief of Staff. “President Biden has been clear: stronger infrastructure is a key to building our country back better than it was before.”

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As part of a flurry of actions on his first day in office, President Biden issued a freeze and reversal of a slew of Trump Administration transportation policies.

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With these appointments and actions such as the canceling of the Keystone XL pipeline, President Biden is sending a clear signal he intends to govern as he promised he would and be the “most progressive” President in our nation’s history, particularly as it relates to climate policy.



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