John V. Wells
Director, Office of Economic and Strategic Analysis
John V. (“Jack”) Wells has been the Chief Economist at the U.S. Department of Transportation since November 2004. He was previously (2001-2004) Chief Economist at the Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS). Mr. Wells was formerly the Deputy Administrator of the Federal Railroad Administration (2000 – 2001), Democratic Staff Director of the House Subcommittee on Railroads (1995 – 2000), and Staff Director of the Subcommittee on Investigations and Oversight of the House Public Works and Transportation Committee (1993 – 1995).
From 1979 to 1993 he was an economist at the U.S. General Accounting Office, working on a wide range of issues in transportation, regulation, and science and technology. From 1975 to 1979 Mr. Wells was Assistant Professor of Economics at George Mason University. Mr. Wells has a B.A. from Harvard and a Ph.D. from Yale, both in Economics.