Paul J. Wiedefeld
Paul J. Wiedefeld was confirmed as Secretary of the Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) on February 13, 2023, and sworn in on March 2, 2023, the latest achievement in a career spanning more than 40 years, including transportation posts in the public and private sectors.
As Secretary, Mr. Wiedefeld oversees MDOT’s six agencies – the State Highway Administration, Maryland Transit Administration, Motor Vehicle Administration, Maryland Aviation Administration, Maryland Port Administration and Maryland Transportation Authority. He leads operations and maintenance of state highways, bridges, tollways, transit systems, motor vehicle licensing,
Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport and the Helen Delich Bentley Port of Baltimore. He serves serve as Chair of the MDTA Board, the Maryland Port Commission and the Maryland Aviation Commission; and a member of the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit
Secretary Wiedefeld most recently was Vice President with the international architectural and engineering firm HDR, where he served as the US Northeast Transportation Business Director. Prior to joining HDR, he was the General Manager/CEO of the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) from 2015 to 2022. Metro is one of the nation’s largest transit systems, with more than 12,000 employees, an annual $2.2 billion operating budget, and a $2.5 billion capital program.
Prior to WMATA, Secretary Wiedefeld was the CEO of the Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport for 10 years. Working closely with numerous airlines during his tenure, the airport grew to become the leading passenger airport in the Washington metropolitan region. To support this growth, he managed the largest capital expansion in the airport's history, including the construction of a 26-gate terminal for Southwest airlines, an 8,400-space parking garage, and a modern consolidated rental car facility.
Secretary Wiedefeld also served as the Administrator of the Maryland Transit Administration, managing day-to-day operations of what was then the nation’s 13th largest transit system, including commuter rail, subway, light rail, buses, and paratransit.
He was prepared for these executive level public sector challenges by holding various county, regional, and state level government positions during his career. Most notably, serving as the Director of the Maryland Department of Transportation’s Office of System Planning and Evaluation. In this position he was responsible for preparing the state’s long-range transportation plan and management of the Consolidated Transportation Program (CTP). The CTP is the department’s capital budget consisting of aviation, port, highway, and transit projects across Maryland. He was responsible for working extensively with a broad range of stakeholders throughout the state to reach consensus on transportation planning and programming initiatives to serve the needs of their communities.
Additional private sector experience includes a decade as a consultant with the engineering firm, Parsons Brinckerhoff.
Secretary Wiedefeld has a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Towson University and a Master’s degree in City and Regional Planning from Rutgers University. A Baltimore native, he attended Mount St. Joseph High School.