2019 Environmental Business Leadership Conference

The Four Seasons Hotel, Baltimore, Maryland
September 01, 2019
Registration Open

R. Earl Lewis, Deputy Secretary, Maryland Department of Transportation

R. Earl Lewis, Deputy Secretary, Maryland Department of Transportation

R. Earl Lewis, Jr., was appointed by Maryland Transportation Secretary Pete K. Rahn on January 20, 2016, to serve as Deputy Secretary of Policy, Planning, and Enterprise Services for the Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT), which is comprised of The Secretary's Office, State Highway Administration (MDOT SHA), Maryland Transit Administration (MDOT MTA), Motor Vehicle Administration (MDOT MVA), Maryland Port Administration (MDOT MPA), Maryland Aviation Administration (MDOT MAA) and the Maryland Transportation Authority.

As Deputy Secretary, Mr. Lewis oversees the administration of eleven offices: Diversity and Equity; Environment; Fleet, Facilities, and Administrative Services; Government Affairs; Human Resources; Minority Business Enterprise; Small and Minority Business Policy; Planning and Capital Programming; Policy and Regulations; Real Estate and Economic Development; and Transportation Technology Services. He leads MDOT’s Agile Human Resources Initiative, to enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of the department’s talent management. He also chairs MDOT’s Public Private Partnerships Steering Committee, reporting directly to the secretary on the oversight of P3 initiatives by MDOT’s transportation business units. In 2017, he was certified as a P3 Foundations Professional by APMG International, a global accreditation agency.

Mr. Lewis first joined MDOT in 2003 as a Communications and Technology Officer, after nearly 20 years in various technical, analyst and management posts with utility companies, including Baltimore Gas and Electric. Early on at MDOT, he led efforts to improve public safety communications systems at the county and state levels. Mr. Lewis also was Assistant Secretary for Administration at MDOT from 2004 to 2006. Prior to his current appointment, Mr. Lewis served from 2006 to 2015 at the MDOT MTA, where he filled several roles, including Deputy Administrator for Operations and Deputy Chief of Emergency Preparedness.

A veteran of state transportation senior management, he describes himself as a professional, results oriented leader with strong people skills who strives to get things done. Mr. Lewis has a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Virginia and an MBA and a second master’s degree in Information Systems from the University of Maryland’s Smith School of Business.

Mr. Lewis is a Baltimore native, as is his wife Charlene. They have four adult children, Vaughn, Wesley, Christopher and Kimberly, and they reside in Bel Air, where Mr. Lewis attends Mountain Christian Church. His interests include gardening, travel, jazz music and NFL football.