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Executive Director & Staff

Executive Director - Shailen P. Bhatt

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Shailen P. Bhatt serves as the Executive Director for the Colorado Department ofTransportation (CDOT), where he is charged with leading the Department in addressing Colorado’s transportation needs. Shailen oversees 3,300 employees statewide and an annual budget of approximately $1.4 billion to guide CDOT in providing the best multi-modal transportation system for Colorado. 

Prior to this appointment, he served as the Cabinet Secretary for the Delaware Department of Transportation where he directed nearly a billion dollar budget and 2,800 employees. During his tenure he led the agency response through two hurricanes, introduced performance management to the agency, and reduced agency debt by 30% while delivering $2 billion in infrastructure.

Bhatt also served as an Associate Administrator at the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA). In this role, he was charged with setting policy and managing relationships with members of Congress and leading the FHWA's efforts in reauthorizing the nation's surface transportation legislation.

Before joining FHWA, Bhatt served as a Deputy Executive Director with the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) where he was responsible for advancing transportation projects and addressing regional transportation needs. During his time at KYTC, he helped oversee a record construction letting period for the state.

Bhatt also plays a leadership role in national transportation for the United States. Bhatt currently serves on the American Association of State Highway Transportation Officials (AASHTO), Board of Directors and chairs the AASHTO Subcommittee on Transportation Systems Management and Operation (STSMO). He also chairs the National Operations Center of Excellence (NOCoE).

Bhatt served as the Chair of the Executive Committee of the I-95 Corridor Coalition, Diamond State Port Corporation, Board of Directors, and was a former Commissioner for the Northeast Corridor Commission.

Bhatt graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Western Kentucky University.

Executive Management Team (EMT)

The Executive Management Team members are comprised of Office Directors, Division Directors, Regional Transportation Directors (RTD's), the Chief Engineer, the Deputy Executive Director, and the Executive Director from the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT). The EMT reports directly to CDOT's Executive Director.  The purpose of the EMT is to focus on high-level policy and strategic issues as well as business improvement.

EXECUTIVE MANAGEMENT TEAM MEMBERS
 

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Shailen Bhatt 

DEPUTY EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Mike Lewis

CHIEF ENGINEER
Josh Laipply

DIVISION OF HUMAN RESOURCES
Director: Kevin Furman
 

DIVISION OF TRANSPORTATION DEVELOPMENT
Director: Debra Perkins-Smith

DIVISION OF ACCOUNTING & FINANCE
CFO: Maria Sobota

OFFICE OF GOVERNMENT RELATIONS
Director: Herman Stockinger

DIVISION OF AERONAUTICS
Director: David Ulane

PROJECT SUPPORT
Director: Scott McDaniel

OFFICE OF COMMUNICATIONS
Director: Amy Ford
 

DIVISION OF TRANSPORTATION SYSTEMS MANAGEMENT & OPERATIONS
Director: Ryan Rice

DIVISION OF TRANSIT AND RAIL
Director: Mark Imhoff

HIGH PERFORMANCE TRANSPORTATION ENTERPRISE
Director: David Spector
 
DIVISION OF AUDIT
Acting Director: Scott Young
 
OFFICE OF PROGRAM MANAGEMENT
Director: Richard Zamora 
 

OFFICE OF TRANSPORTATION SAFETY
Director: Darrell Lingk

DIVISION OF HIGHWAY MAINTENANCE
Director: Kyle Lester
 

OFFICE OF EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT
Director: Chad Ray

OFFICE OF MAJOR PROJECT DEVELOPMENT
Director: Brett Johnson 

I-70 EAST PROJECT
Director: Tony DeVito 


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