Youngkin appoints director of transportation agency

Jennifer DeBruhl will definitely lead the DRPT


July 22, 2022


Robyn Sidersky

Jennifer De Bruhl

Governor Glenn Youngkin has named Jennifer DeBruhl to head Virginia’s Department of Railroads and Public Transportation permanently. She has led the agency on an interim basis since March.

DeBruhl, who succeeds former DRPT director Jennifer Mitchell, serves on the Commonwealth Transportation Board, chairs the Virginia Passenger Rail Authority Board, and sits on several other transportation boards in Virginia. She joined DRPT in 2016 as chief of public transportation and previously spent more than 20 years with the Virginia Department of Transportation and the Federal Highway Administration.

“I am honored to be the next director of the Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation as the agency celebrates its 30th anniversary,” DeBruhl said. “As the transit and rail industry has been challenged by COVID-19, Virginia has an opportunity to consider how best to serve residents in the future, and I look forward to working with our partners to find ways to improve.We will focus on metrics, evaluation, innovation and accountability to deliver meaningful services to the Commonwealth.

DeBruhl went to Virginia Commonwealth University where she earned a bachelor’s degree in urban studies, a master’s degree in city and regional planning, and a certificate in public management.

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