John D. Porcari is a Senior Vice President and National Director of Strategic Consulting at Parsons Brinckerhoff. John is responsible for integrating the firm’s technical expertise in planning, engineering, program and construction management, and operations and maintenance with the strategic thinking needed by infrastructure owners, developers, and operators to solve critical business and operational issues.
John joined Parsons Brinckerhoff in 2013, after serving for four-and-a-half years as Deputy Secretary of the US Department of Transportation, responsible for funding, safety, and general oversight of USDOT operations. As the chief operating officer of USDOT, he managed an executive-branch department with a $77 billion annual budget, 10 operating administrations, and 55,000 employees.
He twice served as secretary of the Maryland Department of Transportation (2007-2009 and 1999-2003) under two different governors. At MDOT, he was instrumental in the development of smart growth policies and initiatives for livable communities, among other achievements. From 2003 to 2007, he served as Vice President for administrative affairs at the University of Maryland, College Park.
John’s favorite part about working for Parsons Brinckerhoff is being surrounded by dedicated thought leaders. “There are scores of really innovative, nationally recognized experts. I get a lot of satisfaction from working with the team, especially since I worked with many of these people over the years in my prior roles,” he notes.
When asked what he thinks is the most valuable lesson learned in his career, he says “You have to build a strong team, whether it’s for a project, implementing policy, or managing a large enterprise.”
John holds a master’s degree in public administration from the Nelson A. Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy, State University of New York (SUNY) at Albany, and a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Dayton.