Interim MnDOT commissioner named permanent leader

The Minnesota Department of Transportation officially has its new leader.

Gov. Tim Walz has appointed Nancy Daubenberger as the new commissioner. She’d already been leading the agency in an interim role since previous commissioner Margaret Anderson Kelliher left to lead the Minneapolis Public Works Department in March.

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“Nancy Daubenberger has immediately taken up MnDOT’s mission to provide safe, reliable transportation for all Minnesotans,” Walz said in a statement. “With experience in management and engineering, she has quickly made an impact. I have confidence that her leadership will continue to strengthen our state’s transportation system.”

“Thank you, Governor Walz and Lt. Governor Flanagan, for the chance to lead Minnesota’s transportation sector through a time of immense opportunity and change,” Daubenberger said. “All Minnesotans rely on this infrastructure and deserve a safe, sustainable, efficient, equitable, and environmentally-conscious multimodal network of transportation options. I look forward to collaborating with our many partners in this work, including stakeholders in labor and the building trades, and federal, tribal, state and local transportation and environmental organizations, and many others.”