Chairman Daniel R. Elliott III today announced the swearing in of Deb Miller, to be a Member of the Board for a term of office expiring on December 31, 2017, following her September 25, 2013 nomination to the Board by President Obama and her confirmation by the United States Senate on April 9, 2014.
Board Member Miller, a Democrat from Kansas, will serve the seat formerly held by Francis P. Mulvey, whose term expired. She is the Board's 12th Member since the agency's inception in 1996.
Ms. Miller most recently served as a Senior Consultant with Cambridge Systematics, Inc., a firm specializing in transportation planning and policy, primarily for public-sector clients. From 2003 to 2011, she served as the Secretary of the Kansas Department of Transportation (Kansas DOT), a term of office marked by her distinguished service for three successive Governors of Kansas. She has the distinction of being the longest-serving Secretary of Transportation in Kansas history.
Prior to serving as Secretary of the Kansas DOT, Ms. Miller was a consultant at HNTB, a national architecture, engineering, and planning firm. In that position, she provided strategic planning and public-communications assistance to state departments of transportation and municipalities. She also has served as the Director of the Kansas DOT's Division of Planning and Development, Special Assistant to the Secretary of Transportation, and as a Policy Assistant to the Governor of Kansas.
Ms. Miller has been active with the Transportation Research Board (TRB), a division of the National Resources Council that is the principal operating agency of the National Academies of Sciences, and was a member of the TRB's Executive Committee for five years, including a year serving as Chair. She also has been active with the American Association of Highway and Transportation Officials, where she headed numerous task forces and workgroups and served for nine years as the Chair of the Standing Committee on Planning. She also served on the Eno Foundation's Board of Advisors.
Ms. Miller graduated magna cum laude from Kansas State University with a B.S. in Sociology.