Roger Millar, FAICP
The prominent theme that has run through Roger Millar’s career has been planning transportation systems that are not ends unto themselves; but rather the means toward economic vitality, environmental stewardship, social equity, public health, and aesthetic quality. His work on the Portland Streetcar and the Glenwood Springs to Aspen BRT provided communities nationwide with new modal tools. His Complete Streets leadership helped create a national movement for transportation systems that are safe, convenient, and pleasant for all users, regardless of how they choose to travel. His State DOT leadership is bringing innovation to agencies with enormous influence on transportation investment.
Roger Millar is the Secretary of the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT), serving as the chief executive officer for an agency of approximately 6,800 employees statewide and a budget of $7.4 billion. WSDOT is the steward of a multimodal transportation system and responsible for ensuring that people and goods move safely and efficiently. In addition to building, maintaining, and operating the state highway system, WSDOT is responsible for the state ferry system, and works in partnership with others to maintain and improve local roads, railroads and airports, as well as to support alternatives to driving, such as public transportation, bicycles and pedestrian programs. Prior to joining WSDOT, Roger served as Vice President of Smart Growth America. In that role he was Director of the Smart Growth America’s Leadership Institute, which provides technical assistance programs for state and local government, and Director of the National Complete Streets Coalition. Roger has held other leadership positions in the public and private sectors, as Manager of the City of Portland, Oregon’s Arterial Streets Division in the 1980s, and more recently as Director of the Missoula, Montana Office of Planning and Grants. Projects in which Roger played a leadership role, particularly the development of Portland, Oregon’s Pearl District, the Portland Streetcar, the Roaring Fork Valley “VelociRFTA” Bus Rapid Transit system, and the “Envision Missoula” Long Range Transportation Plan, are cited as national models. He has also managed or participated in signature projects for rural, resort and gateway communities throughout the American West. Roger is a Fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers, a Fellow of the American Institute of Certified Planners and a Certified Floodplain Manager. From 2000 to 2013 he was a member of the ASCE Committee for America’s Infrastructure, which produces the Report Card for America’s Infrastructure. He is also Past President of the Oregon Section of ASCE and of the Montana Association of Planners. He graduated from the University of Virginia in 1982. Roger lives in Olympia, WA and is married to Candis Millar, the recently retired Planning Director of the City of Billings, MT. He has two teenage children and a Black Lab named “Ouzel.”