President Barack Obama has nominated National Highway Traffic Safety Administration deputy head Blair Anderson to serve as policy undersecretary for the Transportation Department, the NHTSA’s parent Cabinet organization.
Anderson served as the deputy assistant secretary for DOT’s finance and budget office for the two years prior to his NHTSA transition in 2015 and has also held the roles of chief financial officer and assistant secretary for budget and finance at the department, the White House said Tuesday.
He was also senior adviser to Rep. John Olver from 2009 to 2013 and served as the lawmaker’s legislative director between 2007 and 2009.
Anderson supported efforts by the House Appropriations transportation subcommittee to give $10.5 billion in funds for the High Speed and Intercity Passenger Rail grant program and the panel also helped create the Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery grant program.
He holds a bachelor’s degree in ecology and evolutionary biology from Princeton University.