Thomas Nelson, Jr. has been named the new Virginia Division Administrator for the Federal Highway Administration. Since May 2015, Thomas has served as the Kentucky District Administrator, where he provided leadership and direction to a diverse professional staff in implementing the $700 million Federal-aid highway program. He built strong partnerships with the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, Metropolitan Planning Organizations, and local agencies, and has been instrumental in providing strategic direction and a common vision in applying risk-based stewardship and oversight to program delivery. In addition, Thomas has provided proactive leadership in embracing FHWA initiatives such as Enterprise Risk Management, Towards Zero Deaths, and Your Success is Our Success.
Throughout his career with FHWA, Thomas has held many key positions. Prior to his service as the Kentucky DA, he served as Special Assistant to the FHWA Administrator. In this capacity, he provided direct support to the Administrator and served as a key adviser on program and policy issues having national, regulatory, and legislative implications such as critical Agency initiatives, the delivery and implementation of MAP-21, and FHWA’s signature initiative for accelerating project delivery, Every Day Counts. Thomas also served in the FHWA Office of Innovative Program Delivery as a Major Projects Engineer where he provided technical and policy assistance to FHWA field offices, partners, and stakeholders in implementing risk-based project management.
Thomas holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil Engineering from Michigan State University and is a Licensed Professional Engineer in the State of Michigan.