Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg Wednesday announced Robin Hutcheson will become the Deputy Administrator of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. As deputy administrator, she will serve as the Acting Administrator.
Hutcheson replaces Meera Joshi, who had served in the FMCSA for the past year. Joshi's appointment was approved by the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee last October but she was never approved by the full Senate.
Since January 2021, Hutcheson has served as the deputy assistant secretary for Safety Policy for the U.S. Department of Transportation in the Biden-Harris Administration. In this role she led safety policy for the department, and coordinated COVID-19 response and recovery. She was instrumental in the development of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, especially the new Safe Streets and Roads for All program.
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Before being appointed to the Biden-Harris Administration, she was the director of public works for the City of Minneapolis overseeing a team of 1,100 people across nine divisions including drinking water, surface waters and sewers, solid waste and recycling, fleet management, and all transportation functions.
Before that, she served as the transportation director for Salt Lake City, working to improve all modes of transportation.
She also has served as a consultant specializing in transportation and transit and has worked throughout the western United States, in London and France, and for the European Union Commission on Sustainability.
Hutcheson served for seven years on the board of directors for the National Association of City Transportation Officials, most recently serving as its president.
Joshi departed this role in January to serve as the deputy mayor for operations for New York City.