Leslie S. Richards

Pennsylvania Department of Transportation

As the first woman and planner to serve as Secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT), Leslie S. Richards oversees one of the largest and most innovative transportation agencies in the U.S., with an annual budget of more than $10 billion and 11,500 employees.

Secretary Richards is making her mark on the agency by ensuring the long-term success of Pennsylvania’s transportation needs through sustainable investments. These new policies include a $2.1 billion maintenance and system preservation initiative, termed PennDOT Road MaP, and PennDOT Connects, a transformative approach that focuses on improved collaboration among local stakeholders for the planning and delivery of capital and maintenance projects.

She also led the development of a program that trains PennDOT employees to recognize and report the signs of human trafficking. PennDOT is one of the first state transportation agencies in the nation to implement this type of training.

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