Welcome Greer Johnson Gillis, P.E. to DDOT
Wednesday, January 28, 2015
Greer Johnson Gillis is the District Department of Transportation (DDOT)’s new Deputy Director, starting Tuesday, February 17, 2015. Ms. Gillis is a senior professional engineer and project manager with more than 20 years of experience in transportation planning, having led several large-scale infrastructural projects with regional jurisdictions on the improvement of traffic operations.
Until she starts her new position at DDOT, Ms. Gillis serves as the Area Manager for the Washington, DC, office of Parsons Brinckerhoff. She is the President of the DC Corporation of Parsons Brinckerhoff, P.C., and is the Assistant Vice President of the parent company, Parsons Brinckerhoff, Inc. As Area Manager, she oversees the transportation services staff and manages various infrastructures, planning and design projects, client relations management, business development, and financial oversight for activities in the metropolitan Washington, DC, area.
Previously, Ms. Gillis served as the Deputy Chief Engineer at DDOT, where she oversaw infrastructure projects pertaining to the Anacostia Waterfront Initiative program, Stormwater Management Branch, Safety Standards and Quality Control Division, the Intelligent Transportation Services (ITS) Division, and Citywide Special Projects. She also oversaw the $300 million 11th Street Bridges Design-Build Phase I Project, the South Capitol Street FEIS, and was an adviser to the Nationals Ballpark Transportation Operations Planning Task Force. Ms. Gillis was the transportation lead for the 2009 Presidential Inauguration, and served as DDOT’s Acting Chief Engineer from October 2009 to March 2010.
Ms. Gillis holds a master’s of science in civil engineering with a concentration in transportation, and a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering, both from the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, Ga. She holds a National Women of Color Technology Award from the Career Communications Group. In 2014, President Barack Obama and U.S. Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx honored Ms. Gillis as a “White House Champion of Change: Transportation Ladders of Opportunity” for her efforts in diversity, including mentoring and championing women’s and minorities’ participation in the engineering industry. Throughout her career, she has served as a role model and advocate for building a diverse transportation workforce. She’s also a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt.