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Mayor Bowser Applauds Confirmation of Jeff Marootian as Director of DDOT

Tuesday, January 9, 2018


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Terry Owens — (202) 763-8635, [email protected]
Michelle Phipps-Evans – (202) 497-0124, [email protected]

(Washington, DC) -- The Council of the District of Columbia today voted unanimously to confirm Acting Director Jeff Marootian as Director for the District Department of Transportation (DDOT). Director Marootian was nominated by Mayor Muriel Bowser in October 2017 to lead the agency.

“We are excited to have Jeff leading DDOT, and we’re confident that under his leadership, we will continue to build a more livable, walkable, and bike- and transit-friendly city for the residents and visitors of the District," said Mayor Muriel Bowser. "In the past three years, we’ve made tremendous progress at DDOT, but we have more work to do, and we know that Jeff has what it takes to move the agency and our city forward.”

“I’m proud to have the opportunity to serve the residents of the District of Columbia and to continue leading the DDOT team,” said Director Marootian. “I am grateful to Mayor Bowser for the confidence and trust she has shown me, and I am committed to promoting safety, quality customer service and the kind of innovation that builds on our position as a leader among the nation’s transportation agencies.”

Director Marootian's focus will include further advancing the Mayor's Vision Zero initiative, moving forward large-scale projects such as Frederick Douglass Memorial Bridge, the South Capitol Street Corridor Project and the Power Line Undergrounding Program, prioritizing infrastructure developments and increasing the District's multimodal transit options through focused improvements on the DC Circulator, DC Streetcar, and the city's bike lane network.

Director Marootian joined DDOT from the United States Department of Transportation (USDOT) where he served as Assistant Secretary for Administration from 2015-2017 and White House Liaison from 2013-2015. During his time there, he advised Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx and collaborated with heads of federal transportation regulatory agencies to promote President Barack Obama’s transportation agenda.

Director Marootian began his career as a Capital City Fellow with the Government of the District of Columbia, holding legislative and community affairs roles with both the Metropolitan Police Department and DDOT. He served as DDOT’s head of customer service from 2007-2011. He has been a District resident for more than 20 years, serving as an Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner from 2000-2002. He holds a Bachelor of Arts and Master of Public Administration from George Washington University, where he now is an adjunct professor.

The mission of the District Department of Transportation (DDOT) is to enhance the quality of life for District residents and visitors by ensuring that people, goods, and information move efficiently and safely with minimal adverse impact on residents and the environment.

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