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Federal Transit Deputy Administrator Therese W. McMillan today received the 2011 Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of California Berkeley’s College of Environmental Design. The award is given annually to recognize alumni for outstanding professional, social, academic, artistic, or other achievements at the local, national or international level.
“I congratulate Therese on receiving the Distinguished Alumni Award, and for her lifetime achievements in the transportation industry,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood. “We are fortunate to have her at the Department, and her appointment as Deputy Administrator is a testimony to the caliber and expertise of those who serve in the Obama Administration.”
McMillan was appointed Deputy Administrator of the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) in July 2009. She joins Administrator Peter Rogoff in leading a staff of more than 500 in the Washington D.C. headquarters office and ten regional offices throughout the United States and manages an annual budget of approximately $10 billion.
“Therese brings a keen ability to asses, analyze and improve the way FTA does business,” said FTA Administrator Peter Rogoff. “She has been instrumental in strengthening FTA’s civil rights and program oversight, and leading our effort to build smarter, more livable communities that better connect people with the places they need to go. Therese is an invaluable asset to the FTA and we are proud of this recognition of her achievement.”
McMillan is also a member of a team developing principles that will drive the reauthorization of federal surface transportation policy that the Administration and Congress will negotiate in the near future.
Prior to her appointment as FTA Deputy Administrator, McMillan served for nine years as Deputy Executive Director for Policy at the San Francisco Bay Area Region's Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC). There she was responsible for strategic financial planning and MTC’s management of federal, state and regional fund sources for transportation; state and federal legislative advocacy; and public affairs and community outreach. In addition, she oversaw the planning, including long range plans of transportation/land use, air quality and freight issues. Before that, she served for seven years as MTC’s Manager of Funding and External Affairs.
“It has been a privilege for me to serve both the people of the San Francisco region and the people of this nation on behalf of President Obama and Secretary LaHood by having a first-hand role in building and expanding the transportation infrastructure that is so critical to America’s continued economic vitality,” McMillan said. “To be recognized by my alma mater for my life of public service makes it all the more satisfying.”
McMillan received her B.S. degree from UC Davis in environmental policy analysis and planning in April 1981, which included an internship with the California Transportation Commission in Sacramento, cementing her career-long interest in transportation. After UC Davis, she pursued graduate studies at UC Berkeley’s College of Environmental Design (CED), where she was a member of the first graduating class for the dual master’s program in transportation, receiving an M.S. in civil engineering science in December 1983 and a Master of City Planning in May 1984. She was a member of the CED alumni board from 2005 to 2009, serving as both vice chair and chair.
From 2004 through 2009, Ms. McMillan also taught a course in transportation funding and finance for the graduate transportation studies program at San Jose State University’s Mineta Transportation Institute.