Ken Leonard
Ken Leonard

Director, U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) Intelligent Transportation Systems Joint Program Office (ITS JPO)


Kenneth M. Leonard was named the Director of the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) Intelligent Transportation Systems Joint Program Office (ITS JPO) in December 2012. He is a member of Federal government’s Senior Executive Service.

Mr. Leonard has over 30 years of federal government and private sector leadership experience providing solutions in transportation, energy, investment decision making, defense, environment, regulatory affairs, and information systems. He joined the ITS JPO from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), where he served as a Senior Policy Advisor and Director of the Office of Analysis, Research and Technology. While there, he provided executive leadership and direction in improving FMCSA’s project effectiveness and efficiency.

Previously Mr. Leonard served as Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Director of Aviation Weather, led the FAA’s Technology Development Office and was manager of Investment Analysis. While at the FAA, he provided strategic direction, advancing cornerstone aviation weather enterprise systems and emerging technologies in support of the USDOT’s Next Generation Air Transportation Systems initiatives.

While serving in the private sector, Mr. Leonard provided management oversight of complex and innovative research and development programs involving multibillion-dollar projects. Additionally, he developed strategies to improve standard business practices and reduce program cost risks. Mr. Leonard is a graduate of the George Washington University School of Public and International Affairs, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in international economics and completed graduate-level studies in economics and finance.




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