U.S. DOT Volpe Center Director
Anne Aylward is the director of the U.S. Department of Transportation’s John A. Volpe National Transportation Systems Center, a unique fee-for-service federal organization that conducts nearly $300 million annually in transportation technology and innovation projects supporting all the modes of U.S. DOT.
In this role, Aylward leads Volpe’s staff of more than 600 engineers, scientists, and analysts engaged in a portfolio of projects that encompass all of Volpe’s innovation, technology, engineering, transportation program analysis, and systems development. Volpe staff support not only U.S. DOT but also the Department of Defense, other federal agencies, state and local governments, and international and other organizations facing transportation challenges. Previously, Aylward served as Volpe’s deputy director for Research and Technology.
Aylward has more than 30 years’ experience in transportation planning, operations, and program management, and is a nationally recognized expert in freight and intermodal transportation planning, policy analysis, and operations.
Prior to joining Volpe's management team, she managed the transportation planning practice of EG&G, a division of the URS Corporation. From 1976 to 1993, she worked for the Massachusetts Port Authority, including 10 years as director of the Port of Boston. She was the first woman elected to chair the American Association of Port Authorities, and, as executive director of the National Commission on Intermodal Transportation, was primary author of the Commission’s 1994 Report to Congress.
Aylward is a skilled communicator with strong management and organizational skills. She is extremely effective in translating technical and operational issues into the public policy arena. She excels at bringing together diverse interests to build consensus and facilitate communication between public and private sector groups to manage multidisciplinary projects.
Aylward received an AB in Asian history from Harvard/Radcliffe and a master’s in city planning from MIT. She was selected as woman of the year in 1993 by the National Women's Transportation Seminar (WTS), and was honored by WTS-Boston with its 2016 Leadership Award. She served two terms as a member of the National Academy of Sciences Marine Board and is a member of several Transportation Research Board freight and intermodal committees.