Bud Wright is the Executive Director of the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO), a non-profit, non-partisan association that supports and represents the interests and missions of state DOTs. He has experience in both the private sector and as a top executive at the Federal Highway Administration.
As AASHTO Executive Director, Wright oversees a staff of 120 professionals who support their members in the development of transportation solutions that create economic prosperity, enhance quality of life, and improve transportation safety in U.S. communities, states, and the nation as a whole. AASHTO is now in its second century of service to state departments of transportation and their highly skilled employees.
Wright was a transportation policy consultant prior to his appointment in 2012 to lead AASHTO. He served as Executive Director of the Federal Highway Administration from 2001 to 2008, assisting the Administrator in establishing policies, programs, and priorities for the $40 billion annual Federal-aid highway program. As FHWA’s chief operating officer, he was also responsible for a workforce of more than 2,500 transportation professionals and an annual operating budget of $400 million.
He served in a number of positions during his career with FHWA including program manager for safety and director of the Office of Budget and Finance, where he worked extensively on the Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century (TEA-21). In 1992, he became the first non-engineer to serve as an FHWA state-level Division Administrator.
Among other current affiliations, Wright is a member of the Transportation Research Board Executive Committee, the ITS America Board of Directors, the ITS World Congress Board of Directors, and chairs the United States National Committee to the World Road Association.
He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics from Virginia Tech, and he and his wife, Kate, have two grown children.