Victor Mendez is the Principal at VMM Consulting, providing consulting and advisory services to clients in the transportation industry.
Victor Mendez was appointed by President Obama in 2014 to serve as the 20thUnited States Deputy Secretary of Transportation. He served in that role from July, 2014 through January, 2017.
As Deputy Secretary, Mendez was the U.S. Department of Transportation’s (USDOT) chief operating officer, responsible for the day-to-day operations of the 10 modal administrations and the work of more than 55,000 employees. Mendez was focused on ensuring the safety and efficiency of America’s transportation system, which plays a key role in improving quality of life and the economy.
Mendez, along with former Secretary Foxx, led the USDOT in an unprecedented pivot towards innovation to solve safety challenges in American transportation. For his accomplishments, in March of 2016, Mendezwas recognized as the Legacy Award recipient by the Arizona Chapter of the American Council of Engineering Companies.
Before becoming Deputy Secretary, Mendez was appointed by President Obama in 2009 to serve as the 18thAdministrator of the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA). As FHWA Administrator he oversaw the agency’s 2,900 employees in Washington, DC and field offices across the country.
During his time at FHWA, he turned his lifelong interest in innovation and technology into launching the Every Day Counts initiative, which gives states a range of tools and technologies to streamline construction projects and make them more cost effective.
Before joining USDOT, Mendez served as the Director of the Arizona Department of Transportation under former Governor Janet Napolitano. He has more than 20 years of State DOT experience.
Mendez earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Texas at El Paso and later earned an MBA from Arizona State University. He is a registered professional engineer in the State of Arizona.
Victor has also been actively engaged in international transportation issues throughout his career. During his tenure in federal government, he traveled to South Korea, China, Cuba and Russia to meet with his federal-level counterparts to address transportation issues. In 2007, he participated and presented at the World Road Congress in Paris, France as a member of a United States transportationdelegation. He is fluent in conversational Spanish.