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Joe Toole

Former US FHWA Acting Administrator
Throughout his 38 year career, Mr. Toole has focused on the bringing innovation, safety and leadership to the highway community.  Prior to retiring from the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) in 2011, Mr. Toole served as the Associate Administrator for the FHWA’s Office of Safety which had responsibility for an annual program of over $1.2 billion which funded the Highway Safety Improvement Program, as well as programs supporting safe routes to schools and rural safety.   During this time, Mr. Toole also served on the Secretary’s Safety Council through which he was asked to lead the development of the Department’s first integrated “Roadway Safety Plan.”  At the same time, he worked with over 20 highway safety groups in the development of a National Roadway Strategy to move the Nation Toward Zero Deaths. 
Prior to 2008, Mr. Toole served as the Associate Administrator of the FHWA Office Professional and Corporate Development (OPCD) which administered the National Highway Institute (NHI) and the Local and Tribal Technical Assistance Program (LTAP/TTAP), together delivering training to nearly 150,000 participants each year.  During his career, Mr. Toole has also served FHWA’s Acting Executive Director, and represented the United States on World Road Association/PIARC’s Executive Committee.   In recognition of this and other accomplishments, Mr. Toole was presented with the Presidential Rank Award for Meritorious Service in 2009.  Since retiring, Mr. Toole has remained active in the safety and transportation community serving as Senior Technical Advisor to the National Organizations for Youth Safety (NOYS).  He also remains a member of the Executive Board of Transportation Research Board’s System User Group, and serves as Chair of a new TRB Subcommittee on Roadway Safety Culture.
Mr. Toole is a licensed Professional Engineer and a graduate of the Harvard program for Senior Managers in Government.  He received his MBA in Finance from George Washington University and his bachelor’s degree in Transportation Engineering from California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo.

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