|Born:||December 4, 1948 (age 71)|
|Career:||U.S. Secretary of Transportation, 2006-2009|
Federal highway administrator, U.S. Department of Transportation, 2001-2005
|Education:||University of Phoenix|
Mary E. Peters served as U.S. secretary of transportation from 2006 to 2009.&
Peters was born December 4, 1948, in Peoria, Arizona. She received a bachelor's degree from the University of Phoenix, and attended Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government Program for State and Local Government Executives.
Peters joined the Arizona Department of Transportation in 1985 was appointed to serve as its director in 1998. Prior to serving as U.S. secretary of transportation, Peters was a senior vice president and national director for Transportation Policy and Consulting for HDR, Inc., a major engineering company. In 2001, Peters was appointed by President George W. Bush to serve as the federal highway administrator for the U.S. Department of Transportation, a role she served in until 2005.
Among her awards, she was recognized as the "most influential person in Arizona transportation" by the Arizona Business Journal and received the 2004 National Woman of the Year Award from the Women's Transportation Seminar.