Jeff Marootian is the current WMATC member from the District of Columbia. He was appointed to WMATC on August 4, 2017, by Mayor Muriel Bowser. He was elected Chairman of the Commission on December 14, 2018.
Chairman Marootian is the Director of the District Department of Transportation (DDOT). He joined DDOT from the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT), where he served under Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx from 2013 to 2017. He was appointed by President Barack Obama to serve as the White House Liaison from 2013 to 2015 where he worked alongside the heads of the federal regulatory agencies to promote President Obama’s transportation agenda.
In 2015, Chairman Marootian was promoted to serve as USDOT’s Assistant Secretary for Administration. In that capacity, he oversaw the management functions of the 55,000-employee agency including human resources, facilities, procurement, and security. He was also USDOT’s Chief Sustainability Officer. Chairman Marootian previously worked at DDOT from 2008 through 2011 as the Customer Service Officer, responsible for public engagement activities and relationships with Advisory Neighborhood Commissioners and other city officials. He also was a Capital City Fellow at DDOT in 2004.
Chairman Marootian has both a Bachelor of Arts and Master of Public Administration from the George Washington University and has lived in the District of Columbia for 20 years.