J. Richard Capka, P.E., M.ASCE
Rick Capka is the Chief Operating Officers for Dawson & Associates the leading water resources consulting and government relations firm in Washington, DC.
He joined Dawson and Associates after more than 2 ½ years serving as the Nation’s top highway official and more than 36 years of managing projects and overseeing federal and state-level infrastructure programs. From 2006 to 2008, he was the Federal Highway Administrator, having served as Acting Administrator from 2005 and Deputy Administrator from 2002. In that capacity, he helped to prepare the Bush administration's transportation reauthorization proposals, shaped the management of highway mega-projects nationwide and in 2003 was the first U.S. Department of Transportation official to deploy to Iraq. Additionally, he successfully led both the Federal Highway Administration’s response in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and the highly successful federal response to the collapse of the I-35W Bridge in Minneapolis. Prior to this, from 2001 to 2002, Mr. Capka was Chief Executive Officer/Executive Director of the Massachusetts Turnpike Authority (MTA) where he oversaw the Boston Central Artery and Tunnel Project. There he brought financial stability to the project by both establishing a budget that remained unchanged for more than five years and gaining federal approval of its Finance Plan, which guaranteed continued federal funding for the program. In December 2000, he retired from the U.S. Army, having spent more than 29 years with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and achieving the rank of Brigadier General. As Commander of the Corps’ South Atlantic Division from 1998 to 2000, he was responsible for managing $1.3 billion in Corps projects throughout the southeastern U.S. and in Central and South America. From 1996 to 1998, BG Capka was Commander of the South Pacific Division and responsible for the Corps' activities in the western and southwestern U.S. In 1997, he and the Division earned specific praise from both the President and Governor of California for leadership in coordinating the federal response to the unprecedented floods that severely damaged Central California’s flood control systems. He is a United States Military Academy (West Point) graduate and holds a Masters Degree in Engineering from the University of California at Berkeley and a Masters in Business Administration from The Chaminade University of Honolulu. He has received numerous military awards including the Distinguished Service Medal. He received the US Department of Transportation’s Gold Award for his work in support of Iraq, Katrina recovery and the response to the Minneapolis Bridge. He was ASCE’s Civil Government Award winner in 2005 and a member of ASCE’s 2009 Report Card for America’s Infrastructure Advisory Council. He was elected as a member of the National Academy of Construction in October 2010.