Greg Spotts

Greg Spotts

Seattle Department of Transportation, Director

Greg Spotts has been the Seattle Department of Transportation’s (SDOT) Director since September 2022. Greg believes in co-creating and delivering projects with the communities SDOT serves and prioritizes listening tours with people walking, biking, riding transit. He leads by example, espousing the values of responsiveness, innovation, transparency, and accountability. In his first few months at SDOT, he is conducting a rigorous review of the Vision Zero program, to identify which interventions in which places are most likely to save lives. Greg is a big fan of innovations small and big and is working to ensure that SDOT has the people, systems and technology needed to implement best practices and bring life to SDOT’s first of its kind Transportation Equity Framework.

Prior to joining SDOT, Greg served as Executive Officer and Chief Sustainability Officer for the Los Angeles Bureau of Street Services, (StreetsLA), shaping policies supporting active transportation, climate change adaptation, vehicle emissions reductions, and the adoption of sustainable construction practices. Greg is an internationally recognized leader in the emerging field of urban heat island mitigation, and oversaw a growing program of cool pavement, tree planting and shade structure installation in underserved communities.

Prior to joining StreetsLA, Greg served Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa for nearly four years as
Director of Performance Management and then Director of Transportation Project Delivery. In the latter role, Greg served as the Mayor’s lead on a $370M portfolio of city transportation projects including traffic signal synchronization, and a $10B portfolio of regional Metro mega-projects including the 405 freeway widening and the Purple Line Subway Extension.

Greg has obtained a BA in Political Science from Yale University, and a Masters of Public Policy
from UCLA, including a Leadership in Sustainability Certificate.