Ms. Dee Williams

Deputy Associate Administrator
Office of Vehicle Safety Research, NHTSA


Dee Williams is currently the Deputy Associate Administrator for NHTSA’s Office of Vehicle Safety Research. In this role, she leads the development and implementation of vehicle safety research initiatives, including policy, strategic and program planning, and program assessments, to advance national highway traffic safety programs and motor vehicle safety standards related to the integration of innovative technologies and emerging safety issues, including the Department of Transportation’s (DOT) and NHTSA’s voluntary guidance for vehicle automation. Prior to rejoining NHTSA in October 2016, from January 2014 to October 2016, she served as the Chief of the Compliance Division for the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), a sister agency to NHTSA, where she was responsible for a portfolio of programs including Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA), New Entrant Safety Assurance, and Drugs and Alcohol. Also, while at FMCSA, from August 2010 to January 2014, she held the position of Division Chief for Strategic Planning and Program Evaluation. Preceding her time at FMCSA, she held a variety of positions back at NHTSA, serving nearly a decade, including as their Acting Director for the Office of Government Affairs, Policy, and Strategic Planning, a direct arm to the NHTSA Administrator. Prior to joining DOT, Dee worked for the Cellular Telecommunications & Internet Association (CTIA), with a range of responsibilities including serving as the program manager and spokesperson for their distracted driving educational campaign, “Safety – Your Most Important Call.” She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Susquehanna University, located in Central Pennsylvania, with minor emphasis areas in legal studies and sociology.


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