Meet the Secretary and Executive Team

Jared W. Perdue, P.E.
Secretary of the Florida Department of Transportation

Jared W. Perdue, P.E. was named Secretary of the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) by Governor Ron DeSantis on April 7, 2022. As Secretary, Perdue oversees the lead agency in state government with the statutory responsibility to coordinate the planning and development of a safe, viable, and balanced transportation system serving all regions of the state, and to assure the compatibility of all components, including multimodal facilities.

Secretary Perdue has devoted his entire career to the FDOT since entering public service through the Professional Engineer Training Program with FDOT District Three. The completion of this program kickstarted his FDOT career and, likewise, his passion for serving the people of Florida, as his various leadership roles within the Department have touched nearly every aspect of the state’s transportation system and the communities it serves. Through the years, Perdue has played integral roles in both operations and development where he has held positions as the District Geotechnical Engineer, District Traffic Operations Engineer, as well as the District Design Engineer. He also has a tremendous amount of experience with various modes of transportation including space, multi-use trails, and served as the CEO of SunRail. Most recently, Secretary Perdue has been charged with carrying out the bold vision of Governor DeSantis through the Moving Florida Forward Infrastructure Initiative. With Florida’s unprecedented population growth, this historic investment to Florida’s transportation network will ease congestion, improve safety, ensure the resiliency of our transportation network, and enhance Florida’s supply chain across the state.

Since his appointment as Secretary, Perdue’s vision has led the Department’s efforts of building a safer, stronger, and more resilient multimodal transportation system with Florida’s communities at the very center. As Florida’s population continues to grow and understanding the impact transportation has on the quality of life for Floridians, Secretary Perdue strives to ensure that FDOT’s infrastructure around the state will efficiently serve residents and visitors, now and in the future, with an emphasis on embracing communities to achieve their vision and meet the transportation needs. Under his leadership, the Department will continue to prioritize safety to reach a target of zero fatalities and serious injuries, enhance the transportation network, inspire innovation, and build strong partnerships to ensure Florida remains a leader in transportation.

Secretary Perdue received his bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina. He is married to his beautiful wife Brandis and has five daughters.

FDOT Secretary Jared W. Perdue, P.E.


Executive Team




Jared W. Perdue, P.E.


(850) 414-4100

Leda Kelly

Chief of Staff

(850) 414-5234

Will Watts, P.E.

Assistant Secretary for Engineering and Operations

(850) 414-5236

Lisa Saliba 

Assistant Secretary for Finance and Administration

(850) 414-5215

Kim Holland, P.E.

Assistant Secretary for Strategic Development

(850) 414-5235

Rebekah Davis

General Counsel 

(850) 414-5263

Trey Tillander, P.E. 

Executive Director of Transportation Technology

(850) 414-4772

L.K. Nandam, P.E.

District One Secretary

(800) 292-3368

Greg Evans

District Two Secretary

(800) 749-2967

Phillip Gainer, P.E.

District Three Secretary

(888) 638-0250

Steven C. Braun, P.E.

District Four Secretary

(866) 336-8435

John Tyler, P.E.

District Five Secretary

(800) 780-7102

Stacy Miller, P.E.

District Six Secretary

(800) 435-2368

David Gwynn, P.E.

District Seven Secretary

(800) 226-7220

Nicola Liquori

Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer

(800) 749-7453

Huiwei Shen

Chief Planner

(850) 414-5246

Dan Hurtado, P.E.

Chief Engineer

(850) 414-5203

Melissa Smith

Chief of Modal Development

(850) 414-4797


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