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Jay Ciavarella - Director, Office of Program Management & Oversight at US Department of Transportation

Jay earned a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from DePaul University in 2012.  The School of Public Service allowed him to learn valuable human resource, analytical, and administrative skills to help strengthen his managerial capabilities.  

Jay joined the FTA Region V Office in July 2014 and currently serves as the Director, Office of Planning and Program Development. Jay oversees a staff of ten Community Planners, Transportation Program Specialists, and Environmental Protection Specialists responsible for all activities in the regional office relating to the development and approval of capital, operating and planning grants; the environmental process (NEPA) from concept to post mitigation monitoring; and transportation planning activities.

Prior to joining the FTA, Jay served as the Division Manager of Local Planning and Programs at Chicago’s Regional Transportation Authority (RTA) since 2007.  At the RTA, he was responsible for activities related to the development, approval, management, and compliance of planning, operating, and capital grants and directed the agency’s transit-oriented development (TOD) and implementation activities.  During his 23 year career in public transportation, Jay has also worked at the Chicago TransitAuthority (CTA), Pace Suburban Bus Service, and TranSystems Corporation.  Jay has a Bachelor’s Degree from Illinois State University in Applied Geography.  He and his wife have a daughter and reside in the City of Chicago.