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Office of Public Engagement

The Office of Public Engagement serves as the primary external liaison to the U.S. Department of Transportation, responsible for engaging stakeholders on behalf of the Secretary and promoting greater visibility and access to DOT policies, programs, and resources. Our mission is to coordinate and create opportunities for direct dialogue between the Administration and members of the American public – working closely with DOT leaders, the Operating Administrations, and government agencies including the White House and other Cabinet-level Departments.

OPE is committed to ensuring everyone can participate in and inform the work of the Department, bringing new voices into the policymaking process, and helping to translate transportation issues that impact communities across the country into action by the appropriate bodies of the federal government.

Who We Are

Kala Wright, Director of Public Engagement
Raffi Freedman-Gurspan, Deputy Director of Public Engagement
Justin Ramirez, Associate Director of Public Engagement 
Aloha Ley, Associate Director of Public Engagement
Dawn C. Tucker, Senior Public Engagement Specialist
Sandy Sinclair, Senior Public Engagement Specialist
Kristina Benjamin, Special Assistant
Nathan Halm, Public Engagement Intern
Benita Harris-Clarke, Administrative Officer

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