Greer Johnson Gillis at Jan. 26 MWRTBA meeting.

By Eileen Houlihan, senior writer/editor ARTBA

Greer Johnson Gillis, the new director of Washington, D.C.’s Department of General Services (DGS), Jan. 26 told about 60 members of ARTBA’s local chapter, the Metropolitan Washington Road & Transportation Builders Association (MWRTBA), that Public-Private Partnerships (P3) “will be big for the city.”

Gillis noted that D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser created the Office of Public-Private Partnerships and tasked each agency with developing a pipeline of projects. The DGS Workforce Incentive Program also encourages contractors and subcontractors working on capital projects in the city to boost their hiring of District residents from 22 percent to 35 percent or more.

Gillis is responsible for the construction arm for the District, and will interact with MWRTBA members on capital projects. The agency posts its contract awards and procurement opportunities at

Gillis is a senior professional engineer and project manager with experience in transportation planning. She has helped lead several large scale infrastructure projects in the metropolitan D.C. region and regularly interacted with MWRTBA members as the former deputy director for the D.C. Department of Transportation.

MWRTBA’s members include contractors, subcontractors, materials suppliers, engineering firms, law firms, accounting firms, bonding and insurance firms, the construction equipment industry, and the traffic safety products industry in the District of Columbia and the Metropolitan Washington area. Contact MWRTBA Executive Director Mike Sakata or visit to find out more.