The next Virginia Department of Transportation Secretary Shannon Valentine


By Rich Juliano, senior vice president and managing director of the Contractors Division, ARTBA

Virginia Gov.-elect Ralph Northam announced Shannon Valentine as the state’s next Secretary of Transportation.

A member of the House of Delegates from 2006 to 2010, Valentine currently sits on the Commonwealth Transportation Board for the Lynchburg District. She previously served as co-director for then Gov.-elect Terry McAuliffe’s Transition Council for Transportation Policy.

Northam also announced other key appointments for senior leadership positions within the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT). They include:

  • Quintin Elliott as a deputy secretary.
  • Nicholas Donohue also will continue as deputy secretary and director of the Office of Intermodal Planning and Investment.
  • Stephen Brich will join the administration as VDOT commissioner
  • Jennifer Mitchell will continue as director of the Department of Rail and Public Transportation

Northam takes office Jan. 13.  ARTBA’s affiliated chapter in the commonwealth is the Virginia Transportation Construction Alliance.