The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) announced it has appointed two senior officials. The Honorable Brandye Hendrickson was appointed as Deputy Administrator and the Honorable Mala Krishnamoorti Parker was appointed Associate Administrator for Policy, according to FHWA Executive Director, Walter C (Butch) Waidelich Jr.
Deputy Administrator Parker leads the daily operations of 2,900-person federal agency, which spans six time zones. She oversees the agency’s $44 billion annual budget, directs execution of the “Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act” (FAST Act), and co-chairs the U.S.-Canada Transportation Border Working Group and U.S.-Mexico Joint Working Committee, according to the FHWA.
Hendrickson has a background in transportation, including two years serving as the Commissioner of the Indiana Department of Transportation, where she oversaw all aspects of its operations. This included 3,400 employees, a $400 million annual operating budget, and a billion-dollar annual construction budget. She has nearly 20 years of business experience, according to the FHWA.
She previously served as Deputy Commissioner of Indiana’s Greenfield District (the Hoosier State’s largest transportation district) from 2007-2015. In this role, she managed an annual construction budget of approximately $250 million and an annual operating budget of $48 million. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from Indiana University and is a professional in Human Resources, the FHWA reported.
In other personnel news, Mala Krishnamoorti Parker was appointed FHWA’s new Associate Administrator for Policy. She previously served with the American Trucking Associations, where she served as their Vice President for Coalitions. She also served with Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao at the U.S. Department of Labor from 2002 to 2009. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from University of Puget Sound, Waidelich said in a recent announcement.