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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 of Transportation (CDOT), where he is charged with leading the department in planning for and addressing Colorado’s transportation needs. Bhatt oversees 3,300 employees statewide and an annual budget of approximately $1.4 billion, guiding an organization committed to becoming the best DOT in the country for all our customers. During his tenure, CDOT has launched the Road X program which is focused on deploying innovative technology solutions such as connected vehicles and teaming with the private sector to shape our transportation future.

Prior to this appointment, Bhatt 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 to two hurricanes, introduced performance management to the agency, and reduced agency debt by 30% while delivering $2 billion in infrastructure improvements. He was also responsible for the Delaware Transit Corporation and the DMV.

Bhatt also plays a leadership role in transportation issues 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 Operations (STSMO). He serves as the Chair of the Board of Directors for the National Operations Center of Excellence (NOCoE). In addition, Bhatt is a member of the World Economic Forum’s (WEF) Global Agenda Council on the Future of Automotive and Personal Transport. Previously, he served as the Chair of the Executive Committee of the I-95 Corridor Coalition, Diamond State Port Corporation, Board of Directors, and is a former Commissioner for the Northeast Corridor Commission.

Bhatt graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Western Kentucky University. He has a wonderful wife and two beautiful daughters.

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
Michael Lewis

CHIEF ENGINEER
Josh Laipply

DIVISION OF HUMAN RESOURCES
Director: Susan Rafferty

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
Director: Chris Wedor
 
OFFICE OF PROGRAM MANAGEMENT
Director: Jane Fisher
 

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 

CENTRAL 70 PROJECT
Director: Tony DeVito 


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