Tymon Selected as AASHTO’s Next Executive Director

Following an intensive, multi-month search, the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials selected Jim Tymon to become its seventh executive director during the association’s annual meeting in Atlanta Sept. 20-24.

Tymon, who is currently AASHTO’s chief operating officer and director of policy and management, joined the association in 2013. He will assume his new role when the current executive director, Frederick “Bud” Wright, retires Dec. 31.

“I couldn’t be more excited to lead this organization,” Tymon said in a statement. “AASHTO is a great association. I believe in the issues we stand for and I love working for the state DOTs. They are the ones that build, operate, and maintain the facilities that are the backbone of our transportation system.”

Jim Tymon, at right, after his official selection as AASHTO’s 7th executive director at the group’s 2018 annual meeting.

In his current role, Tymon is responsible for the management of the association’s internal operations, budget and administration. He also works closely with AASHTO’s board of directors in the development of policy positions.

Tymon previously served as staff director of the Highways and Transit Subcommittee of the U.S. House of Representatives Transportation and Infrastructure Committee and as senior advisor to the committee’s outgoing chairman, Rep. Bill Shuster, R-Penn., who is retiring from Congress.

As staff director, Tymon managed the subcommittee responsible for writing authorizing legislation for the Federal Highway Administration, the Federal Transit Administration, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. He also served as the committee’s lead staffer for the development of MAP-21 – the surface transportation bill signed into law in 2012 – as well as for the Highway and Highway Safety titles in SAFETEA LU, which was the surface transportation bill signed into law in 2005.

Jim Tymon

Prior to joining the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, Tymon spent three years with the Office of Management and Budget, where he worked as the program examiner responsible for overseeing the Federal Highway Administration and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.

“Jim Tymon has a tremendous amount of transportation policy experience at the highest levels in Washington,” noted John Schroer, AASHTO’s outgoing president and commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Transportation. “In our estimation, he is the most capable from among a diverse and highly qualified group of candidates to lead AASHTO and its talented staff in the coming years. We think we got the best person in the country to run AASHTO.”

“This is an incredible opportunity to lead an organization that has been at the forefront of transportation in America for more than a hundred years, and I would not be as well-prepared if it was not for Bud’s leadership,” Tymon added after his selection as AASHTO’s incoming executive director at the group’s annual meeting. “I could not be more excited to lead this organization.”

Tymon, 45, graduated from the University of Delaware with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Political Science, along with a Master of Arts in Public Policy.

A native of New Jersey, Tymon and his family reside in Silver Spring, Maryland.


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