Richard A. Davey
Secretary and Chief Executive Officer
Massachusetts Department of Transportation
Governor Deval Patrick appointed Richard A. Davey MassDOT Secretary and Chief Executive Officer in September 2011. Secretary Davey leads a 10,000 person organization that operates with a single mission: to provide a safe, reliable and efficient transportation system for the citizens of the Commonwealth. Secretary Davey and his team are implementing a strategic investment and operations plan focused on the five priority areas of the Governor: safety, customer service, employee engagement, fiscal responsibility and innovation.
Prior to his current appointment, Secretary Davey served as MBTA General Manager and MassDOT Rail & Transit Administrator, where he was responsible for managing the MBTA and overseeing the Commonwealth's 15 Regional Transit Authorities and MassDOT's rail program. With his energetic leadership style, he was able to implement sustainable and impactful initiatives that improved operations and safety, strengthened customer service, and changed the culture within the MBTA.
Prior to joining MassDOT, Secretary Davey served in a variety of capacities, including General Manager, at the Massachusetts Bay Commuter Railroad (MBCR), the company that operates and maintains the MBTA's commuter rail service.
In 2010, the Boston Business Journal named Secretary Davey a "Top 40 Under 40" award winner and in 2012 the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce named him one of the “Ten Outstanding Young Leaders” in Boston. He serves on the board of directors of both the Immigrant Learning Center in Malden and the Animal Rescue League of Boston as well as the board of advisors of Samaritans.
He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the College of the Holy Cross, a Juris Doctorate summa cum laude from Gonzaga University School of Law and proudly served as a member of the Jesuit Volunteer Corps in Hillsboro, Oregon. Secretary Davey and his wife live in Boston, where they are regular users of the MBTA system and live car free.