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Downey III., Mortimer L.


Mortiner L. Downey III

Mortimer L. Downey, III serves as a Senior Advisor to Parsons Brinckerhoff, providing advisory and management consulting services to the firm and to its client base, including public and private owners, developers, financers and builders of infrastructure projects worldwide 

Mr. Downey served on the Transportation Policy Committee for the Obama Presidential campaign, and during the presidential transition was appointed as leader of the Department of Transportation Agency Review Team. He was recently appointed as the first Federal member of the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority Board. 

Mr. Downey held the position of U.S. deputy secretary of transportation for eight years, the longest serving individual in that post.  As the Department’s chief operating officer, Mr. Downey developed the agency’s highly regarded strategic and performance plans and had program responsibilities for operations, regulation and investments in land, sea, air and space transportation.   He also served on the President’s Management Council, as Chairman of the National Science and Technology’s Committee on Technology, as a member of the Trade Promotion Coordinating Council and as a member of the Board of Directors of the National Railroad Passenger Corporation (Amtrak).  In a prior Administration he had served as an Assistant Secretary of the Department.   

Previously, Mr. Downey was for 12 years the executive director and chief financial officer of the   New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA), the nation’s largest independent public authority, directing its capital programs totaling over $20 billion, including development of new public and private financing techniques, and with responsibility for oversight of capital project designs, budgets, schedules and performance.   He has also worked at the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on the Budget, and at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. 

Mr. Downey has received numerous professional awards, including election to the National Academy of Public Administration, where he has served as Chairman of the Board of Directors.  He has been honored with the Frank Turner Lifetime Achievement award from the Transportation Research Board, the American Society of Public Administration’s Truitt Award for transportation management, the W. Graham Claytor Award for contributions to intercity passenger rail, lifetime achievement awards from the American Public Transportation Association and the Council of University Transportation Centers, the Leadership Award from the Intelligent Transportation Society of America and the National Member of the Year Award from the Women’s Transportation Seminar.   

He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Eno Transportation Foundation and has served on the National Academy of Science’s Committee on Science & Technology Countermeasures to Terrorism. He was a member of the Office of Management and Budget’s Performance Measurement Advisory Council, served on a DOT special panel to report on safety impacts of Mexican truck operations in the United States, and recently joined the Industry Leaders Council of the American Society of Civil Engineers.   

A 1958 graduate of Yale University with a B.A. in Political Science, Mr. Downey earned his masters degree in Public Administration from New York University, completed the Advanced Management Program at the Harvard Business School and served as an officer in the United States Coast Guard Reserve.   He resides in Oakton, Virginia.  He and his wife, Joyce Downey, have two children and five grandchildren.