K. Jane Williams is currently the Acting Administrator of the Federal Transit Administration (FTA). Ms. Williams brings over 20 years of executive experience to her role, having served previously at the Department of Energy and Department of Labor under President Reagan and the Department of Interior under President George H.W. Bush. She also served as a Senior Legislative Advisor in the office of U.S. House member Andy Harris, before serving as the Director of the Washington Area Transit Office in the Maryland Department of Transportation under Governor Larry Hogan. In that role, she worked closely with the leadership of the Maryland Transit Administration and the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA), two of FTA’s largest grantees.
Ms. Williams leads an agency of more than 500 people located in Washington D.C. and 10 regional offices across the country. She is responsible for managing an annual budget of over $13.5 billion that assists over 3,000 transit providers in all U.S. states and territories. The FTA is one of the U.S. Department of Transportation’s nine operating administrations and provides financial and technical assistance to local public transit systems, including buses, subways, light rail, commuter rail, trolleys and ferries.