R. Earl Lewis, Jr., was appointed by Maryland Transportation Secretary Pete K. Rahn on
January 20, 2016, to serve as Deputy Secretary of Policy, Planning, and Enterprise Services for the
Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT), which is comprised of The Secretary’s Office,
State Highway Administration (MDOT SHA), Maryland Transit Administration (MDOT MTA),
Motor Vehicle Administration (MDOT MVA), Maryland Port Administration (MDOT MPA),
Maryland Aviation Administration (MDOT MAA) and the Maryland Transportation Authority.
As Deputy Secretary, Mr. Lewis oversees the administration of eleven offices: Diversity and Equity; Environment; Fleet, Facilities, and Administrative Services; Government Affairs; Human Resources; Minority Business Enterprise; Small and Minority Business Policy; Planning and Capital Programming; Policy and Regulations; Real Estate and Economic Development; and Transportation Technology Services. He has a role in MDOT’s Agile Human Resources Initiative, to enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of the department’s talent management. He also chairs MDOT’s Public Private Partnerships Steering Committee, reporting directly to the Secretary on the oversight of P3 initiatives by MDOT’s transportation business units. In 2017, he was certified as a P3 Foundations Professional by APMG International, a global accreditation agency. Mr. Lewis represents the Secretary as Chair of the State of Maryland’s Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Council and represents the Secretary on several other groups such as the Maryland Commission on Climate Change (MCCC) and the Commerce, International Affairs, and Smart Growth Sub-Cabinets.
Mr. Lewis first joined MDOT in 2003 as a Communications and Technology Officer, after nearly 20 years in various technical, analyst and management posts with utility companies, including Baltimore Gas and Electric. Early on at MDOT, he led efforts to improve public safety communications systems at the county and state levels. Mr. Lewis also was Assistant Secretary for Administration at MDOT from 2004 to 2006. Prior to his current appointment, Mr. Lewis served from 2006 to 2015 at the MDOT MTA, where he filled several roles, including Deputy Administrator for Operations and Deputy Chief of Emergency Preparedness. A veteran of state transportation senior management, he describes himself as a professional, results-oriented leader with strong people skills who strives to get things done.
In 2018, Mr. Lewis received the Conference of Minority Transportation Officials National Corporate Executive of the Year Award, as well as the Baltimore Chapter of WTS Honorable Ray LaHood Man of the Year Award for being supportive of careers of women in transportation.
Mr. Lewis has a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Virginia and an MBA and a second Master’s degree in Information Systems from the University of Maryland’s Smith School of Business.
Mr. Lewis is a Baltimore native, as is his wife Charlene. They have four adult children, Vaughn, Wesley, Christopher and Kimberly, and they reside in Bel Air, where Mr. Lewis attends Mountain Christian Church. His interests include gardening, travel, jazz music and NFL football.