Director of Infrastructure Systems and Technology
Luisa Paiewonsky, director of the Center for Infrastructure Systems and Technology, has over 25 years of experience in transportation. Prior to this appointment, she served as SHRP2 program manager, overseeing Volpe’s support to FHWA in deployment of the second Strategic Highway Research Program and its products.
Prior to joining Volpe in 2012, Paiewonsky served as the highway administrator of the Massachusetts Department of Transportation, where she directed the daily operations of a state highway system that spans 10,000 lane miles of highway and 5,000 bridges, and oversaw a workforce of 3,300. Paiewonsky was appointed by Governor Deval Patrick as the first administrator of the newly formed Highway Division, created from the merger of the Massachusetts Highway Department and Massachusetts Turnpike Authority. In this role, she directed the $1.4 billion highway and bridge program, and initiated employee and vehicle safety programs, performance management, accelerated construction, and alternative procurements to speed the delivery of the capital program.
Prior to this appointment, she had served since 2005 as commissioner of the Massachusetts Highway Department, where she directed the $1 billion annual Statewide Road and Bridge Program and oversaw the work of its 1,800 employees across the state. She led a multi-agency initiative in highway safety and directed development of the Massachusetts Project Development and Design Guide. She directed the launch of the $3.3 billion Accelerated Bridge Program, which pioneered a number of design, procurement, and construction techniques to rapidly improve the structural condition of bridges statewide.
Paiewonsky has spent her entire career in public service. Before joining Massachusetts state government in 1989, she spent three years in the U.S. Peace Corps, serving in the Commonwealth of Dominica, West Indies, as an agricultural science teacher. She is a past president of the Boston Chapter of the Women's Transportation Seminar (WTS) and is a member of the Advisory Board for the University of Massachusetts-Lowell’s Center for Women and Work. She was the recipient of WTS International’s Woman of the Year Award and the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce’s Pinnacle Award for Government Achievement.
Paiewonsky holds a master's degree in city planning from Boston University and a bachelor's degree in political science and Spanish from Mount Holyoke College.