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Associate Director for Policy and Plans
Vincent Pearce works in the Office of the Secretary of Transportation, leading the development of Departmental policy and Departmental participation in interagency policy development related to intelligence, security, and emergency response. He previously led DOT’s activities in federal disaster response, including managing Emergency Support Function 1 – Transportation, under the National Response Framework. In 2005, this included transportation for the evacuation of New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. In 2010-2011 he served as the Department’s first surface transportation advisor at the US Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan.
He has a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from NC State, an MBA from Harvard, and over 35 years of professional experience in the field of transportation. Before entering the civil service, he spent 24 years in the private sector, where he led business units at Honeywell and Booz-Allen Hamilton. He has managed numerous domestic transportation systems projects and programs and has worked extensively overseas. He serves as a DOT liaison to the National Academy of Sciences’ Transportation Research Board’s highway s security panel and was a charter member of the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials’ Special Committee on Transportation Security and Emergency Management. He previously chaired the Institute of Transportation Engineers Committee on Homeland Security and Evacuation and served as a US delegate to the International Standards Organization. He has spoken extensively, and authored numerous articles on transportation security and disaster management.