Diane Gutierrez-Scaccetti is the former Executive Director of the New Jersey Turnpike Authority and Florida's Turnpike Enterprise. She became acting commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Transportation in January 2018 and was confirmed in June 2018 and acting director of the state's Transportation Trust Fund Authority. She also serves chair of the board for NJ Transit.
Background and education
Gutierrez-Scaccetti was born in Newark, New Jersey and raised in Lawrence Township, Mercer County, New Jersey. She attended the University of Connecticut (1977–1981), attaining a bachelor's of science degree in business administration, and Rutgers University-New Brunswick (1983–1987), graduating at the top of her class (4.0 GPA) with a masters of science degree in human resources and industrial relations.
The New Jersey Turnpike Authority oversees the New Jersey Turnpike and the Garden State Parkway. Gutierrez-Scaccetti began her work for the agency as assistant contract administrator in the law department. She became chief of staff in 1995 and deputy director in 1997 before becoming executive director in 2008. During her tenure she worked on bond issues, labor negotiations, implementation of E-ZPass, the consolidation of the turnpike and parkway under the agency and widening projects for both roadways. She resigned in June 2010 soon after the beginning of Christie administration.
She was nominated to be commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Transportation by Governor of New Jersey Phil Murphy in December 2017, pending New Jersey Senate approval, which she received in June 2018. In addition to the roads and bridges, the department is also responsible for mass transit in the state, largely provided by NJ Transit, which Murphy has called a "national disgrace".
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