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Maurice Henderson II joins HNTB as vice president

Former USDOT senior advisor brings strong track record of results


Maurice Henderson II has been named HNTB Corporation’s vice president, corporate development. Henderson brings two decades of technical expertise and leadership experience at the highest levels, in the public and private sectors. He has extensive experience in transportation, technology management, legislative affairs, intergovernmental relations, budgeting, labor relations, grants management, data analytics and process improvement.

“Maurice is a highly versatile and experienced leader with a strong track record of producing positive results in corporate, government and political arenas,” said Doug Mann, HNTB corporate development president. “We are thrilled to have Maurice join our team and his exemplary leadership will further enhance our ability to collaborate and assist our geographic divisions and local offices in consistently understanding what our clients value through discovery and then consistently delivering that value through solutions that lift our clients and the communities we serve to even greater success.”

Prior to joining HNTB, Henderson was a senior member of the immediate executive support team to the Secretary of Transportation in managing the day-to-day operations for a department that was the largest administration cabinet agency recipient of the $1.2 trillion Infrastructure, Investment and Jobs Act, receiving more than $660 billion over five years. As a senior advisor to the Secretary, the role provided strategic and tactical guidance related to policy initiatives, stakeholder engagement and management initiatives within the department to senior leadership in the Office of the Secretary and across the Operating Administrations, including the implementation of IIJA and Inflation Reduction Act activities.

Also during his time at USDOT, Henderson worked on behalf of the Secretary contributing to the creation of and participating in various working groups and White House task forces, including the White House’s Private Sector Working Group, Workforce Development Working Group, the Equitable Federal Procurement Interagency Policy Council, as well as internal USDOT working groups on innovation, private sector engagement and others.

Earlier in his career, Henderson served as chief operating officer for the Tri-County Metropolitan District of Oregon, known as TriMet, providing leadership, support and counsel to the general manager, Board of Directors and TriMet staff. He oversaw more than 1,400 employees while directing the transit company’s rail and bus operations, maintenance, safety and environment, internal business services, development, paratransit and information technology, permitting and asset management departments, with an annual operating budget of approximately $1.5 billion.

Henderson also has held leadership positions at a private-sector electric transportation firm, as well as with the City of Portland, Oregon, the District of Columbia government, the Commonwealth of Virginia government, and multiple political campaigns.

Henderson currently serves on the Executive Board of Advisors for the University of Richmond – Jepson School of Leadership Studies. He was previously appointed by then-Gov. Kate Brown as a commissioner for the Oregon Transportation Commission. He also provided leadership as a board member at Forth Mobility, the Greenroads Foundation, the North American Bikeshare Association and other non-profit boards. Additionally, he was an instructor for Baltimore City and County Public Schools as well as schools internationally.

He has a bachelor’s degree in leadership studies from the University of Richmond and a master’s in public administration from Sojourner-Douglass College and has completed the Bloomberg Harvard City Leadership Initiative at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

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