February 2022 - Virginia Transportation Virtual Event
Presentation File & Attendee List
Northern Virginia Transportation Authority (NVTA)
Monica Backmon - Chief Executive Officer
In June of 2018, under Ms. Backmon’s leadership, the NVTA adopted its first Six Year Program with 44 projects totaling $1.3 billion. More recently, on July 9, 2020, the Authority adopted the FY2020-2025 Six Year Program, the Authority’s fifth funding program and the most competitive to date. $1.44 billion in funding was requested, with $539 million in Authority regional revenues available. Through the implementation of the Authority’s five Funding Programs, NVTA is advancing 106 regional multimodal transportation projects totaling nearly $2.5 billion, for congestion reduction throughout the region. = Ms. Backmon also oversees the distributions of $110 million annually, to the Authority’s nine member localities, for their local transportation priorities.
Ms. Backmon served as Prince William County’s Regional Transportation Planner for a decade. She has established herself as a leader in the region through her collaborative work with local governments, the Commonwealth of Virginia, regional entities, and transit agencies.
Ms. Backmon holds a B.A. in Psychology and a Master’s Degree in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She lives in Northern Virginia with her husband and daughter.
Federal Highway Administration (FHWA)
Thomas L. Nelson, Jr., PE - Virginia Division Administrator
Thomas Nelson, Jr. has served as the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) Virginia Division Administrator since June 2019. In this capacity, he provides leadership and direction to a diverse professional staff in implementing the $1.2 billion Federal-aid highway program. Most recently, Thomas served for 4 years as the Division Administrator for FHWA in Kentucky.
Prior to his positions as Division Administrator, Thomas was the Special Assistant to the Administrator. In this capacity, he provided direct support to the Administrator and served as a key adviser on program and policy issues having national, regulatory, and legislative implications. He also coordinated critical Agency initiatives, and interacted regularly with senior officials inside and outside of FHWA. He assisted the Administrator in the delivery and implementation of MAP-21 and the implementation of the Agency signature initiative for accelerating project delivery, Every Day Counts.
Thomas also served as a Major Projects Engineer in the Office of Innovative Program Delivery where he was responsible for providing technical and policy assistance to FHWA field offices, partners and stakeholders in implementing risk-based project management.
Before joining FHWA, Thomas served for 8 ½ years as a Vice President and Area Manager for CH2M Hill (now Jacobs). Thomas also gained 10 years of valuable design and project management experience with the Michigan Department of Transportation where he served as the Unit Leader for Highway Design.
He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil Engineering from Michigan State University and is a licensed professional Engineer.
Virginia Department of Rail and Transportation (DRPT)
Jennifer Mitchell - Director
In her time with DRPT Jennifer has led several high priority initiatives, including the $3.7 billion initiative with CSX, Amtrak and VRE to expand the Long Bridge across the Potomac River and double state-supported Amtrak service across the state; dedicated funding legislation for WMATA; new sources of transit funding from high occupancy tolling projects; creation of the Metro Safety Commission; extension of Amtrak service to Roanoke; and funding for the Pulse BRT project in Richmond.
In 2020 she received the Thomas W. Rice award from the Virginians for High Speed Rail, and was named by COMTO as a “Woman Who Moves the Nation”. In 2018 she was named by Railway Age as a Woman of the Year.
Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT)
Bill Cuttler, PE - Northern Virginia Deputy District Engineer
Bill is the Deputy District Engineer for VDOT's Northern Virginia District (Arlington, Fairfax, Prince William, Loudoun Counties and the towns and cities therein) where he oversees a multi-billion dollar program in construction, project development and planning and investment management. His teams have won 2 National Project of the Year Awards and a Governor's Technology Award while partnering with industry to significantly raise performance, innovation and customer service. His 34-year career includes private-sector work, a decade with Fairfax County government in public works, transportation and the park authority, and 21 years with VDOT in Northern Virginia.