District Department of Transportation

Kathryn Roos

kathryn Roos
Deputy Chief Operating Officer

Kathryn is Deputy Chief Operations Officer (DCOO) at the District Department of Transportation (DDOT).  She currently oversees the Field Operations Branch, Traffic Signals division, Streetlight division and the District’s first Public-Private Partnership (P3), a multi-million dollar contract to convert the District’s 75,000 streetlights to LED. As DCOO, she also provides strategic guidance to the COO and executive leadership team, working to identify and address challenges and opportunities to improve the effectiveness of the Operations Administration and department. 

Prior to her work in D.C., Kathryn served as Chief of Staff to Mayor Pete Buttigieg in South Bend, IN where she oversaw operations for the city, its 1,100 employees and $300 million budget. In addition to serving as direct liaison for all department heads, she provided strategic guidance to the Mayor in the development, implementation, and communication of major policy initiatives, focusing on delivering results through innovation and data-driven decision making. Achievements include the restructuring of the Community Investment Department, the Vacant and Abandoned Properties initiative, and the Smart Streets Program.

Kathryn holds a Master’s of Public Administration from Harvard University and a Bachelor’s of Architecture from the University of Notre Dame. As a trained architect and urbanist, Kathryn is passionate about cities and improving communities by fostering partnerships at the intersection of government and the built environment.