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Biography

Stephanie Jones

Acting Director, Office of Civil Rights

Ms. Jones was sworn in as Deputy Chief of Staff for the U.S. Department of Transportation in January 2014.  In this role, Stephanie serves as a senior adviser to Secretary Anthony Foxx and the Chief of Staff, and helps to manage a department with more than 55,000 employees and a $70 billion budget that oversees air, maritime and surface transportation. 

Todd Simpson

Associate CIO for Technology Operations & Infrastructure

Todd is the Associate Chief Information Officer (ACIO) for Information Technology Shared Services. As the ACIO, he provides leadership and technical direction over Service Desk and IT Operations and provides a cost effective, high performing and secure IT infrastructure for Operating Administrations (OA) within DOT.

Kathryn B. Thomson

General Counsel

Katie Thomson became the Department's General Counsel on April 9, 2014.  Katie previously served as Acting General Counsel and also as the Chief Counsel of the Federal Aviation Administration. From April 2009 to her appointment at FAA, Katie served as Counselor to Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood, where she was the Secretary's principal advisor on energy, climate, and environmental matters. Katie led the Transportation Department team that developed historic joint fuel/greenhouse gas emission standards for passenger cars and trucks and heavy duty vehicles.

Fern F. Kaufman

Director, Center for Alternative Dispute Resolution

Fern F. Kaufman is the Director of the DOT Center for Alternative Dispute Resolution, where she is responsible for training and education, neutral services, and dispute resolution design and evaluation.  Ms. Kaufman mediates two-party and multi-party disputes, coaches managers and employees on improving communication and conflict management skills,  and provides training in basic and advanced communications, interest-based problem solving, facilitation, and conflict management. Ms.

Willie H. Smith

In October 2010, Willie H. Smith officially assumed the responsibilities of Senior Procurement Executive for the United States Department of Transportation (DOT). He is the official responsible for the management direction of all DOT procurement systems and programs. His responsibilities encompass implementation of the full range of procurement policies, regulations, and standards applicable to the Department.

Peter M. Bloch

Mr. Bloch has been Deputy Assistant General Counsel since the beginning of 2011. Mr. Bloch was chair of the U.S. delegation to the Diplomatic Conference that adopted the Unlawful Interference Convention in 2009. He also led the U.S. delegation to the Diplomatic Conference that adopted the Luxembourg Protocol to the Cape Town Convention in 2007. In addition, Mr. Bloch was chair of the U.S. delegation to the 2008 meeting of the ICAO Legal Committee meeting.

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