WASHINGTON — Outgoing Nevada Department of Transportation Executive Director Susan Martinovich will be among those honored Tuesday at the White House as a “champion of change” for helping their communities reach new heights through transportation innovation.
The honorees are individuals or organizations who have provided exemplary leadership in the growth and expansion of the transportation industry at the local, state or regional level.
“Today’s champions are leaders in developing and implementing innovative transportation initiatives,” said Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood. “They are making a difference every day in their local communities and across the country by improving America’s transportation infrastructure and helping their friends and neighbors get where they need to go.”
The Champions of Change program was created as a part of President Obama’s Winning the Future initiative. Each week, a different sector is highlighted and groups of champions, ranging from educators to entrepreneurs to community leaders, are recognized for the work they are doing to serve and strengthen their communities.
Martinovich has worked for NDOT for more than 28 years. Prior to being director, she served as deputy director and chief engineer. Martinovich has a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Nevada, Reno and is a licensed professional engineer in Nevada and California. She is past president of the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials and serves on the National Academy of Sciences Transportation Research Board executive committee, as well as many other national committees in the areas of safety, research and policy initiatives.