It’s official: Gov. Maura Healey has appointed Monica Tibbits-Nutt as secretary of transportation, eradicating the appearing title from a place she’s held for 2 months.
Healey made the announcement Monday, saying that Tibbits-Nutt is a “proven leader who has done important work at MassDOT over the past year” as her administration has labored to make the state’s public transportation system “more reliable, safe and accessible.”
The governor initially appointed Tibbits-Nutt as undersecretary of transportation upon taking workplace final January, however elevated her to appearing secretary in mid-September. The former secretary, Gina Fiandaca, abruptly resigned after simply 9 months on the job.
“As acting secretary, she hit the ground running by working with the MBTA to prepare a first-of-its-kind plan to fix the tracks by the end of next year, taking important steps to integrate climate planning across MassDOT, securing federal funding to support infrastructure needs, and stepping up for communities that were devastated by extreme weather,” Healey mentioned in a press release.
She added, “Lt. Gov. Driscoll and I are confident that Secretary Tibbits-Nutt is the right person to lead the hardworking team at MassDOT and serve the people of Massachusetts.”
Prior to becoming a member of the Healey administration, Tibbits-Nutt was the chief director of 128 Business Council, a company that builds privately-funded, cooperative public transportation routes via the Route 128 West Corridor.
She is a previous member of the MassDOT Board of Directors and was vice chair of the MBTA Fiscal Management and Control Board, a earlier iteration of the T board that oversaw the transit authority between 2015 and 2021.
As undersecretary of transportation, Tibbits-Nutt directed oversight for the MassDOT Rail and Transit Division, Aeronautics Division, and the Office of Transportation Planning, Healey’s workplace mentioned.
Since taking on as appearing secretary, Tibbits-Nutt has been answerable for the 4 divisions of MassDOT — Highway, Rail and Transit, Registry of Motor Vehicles and Aeronautics — and sits on the Board of Directors for Massport and the MBTA, based on the state web site.
In a press release, Tibbits-Nutt mentioned she was honored to extra completely take the helm at MassDOT “in this critical moment and build on the progress that the Healey-Driscoll administration has made together.”
The job pays $181,722, based on state payroll data.
“Over the past year, I have had the privilege to serve alongside and get to know the incredible team at MassDOT,” Tibbits-Nutt mentioned. “We all share a deep commitment to delivering the safe, reliable, resilient and equitable transportation system that the people of Massachusetts deserve.”