NHTSA Leadership

Executive Director: Jack Danielson

Jack Danielson serves as the Executive Director of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), overseeing the agency’s daily operations, internal management, and mission support programs, and providing executive direction over the Chief Financial Officer, the Chief Information Officer, and NHTSA’s eight Associate Administrators. In his capacity, Mr. Danielson serves as the agency’s senior career official supporting the NHTSA Administrator in providing leadership and establishing direction on policies, budgets, and the strategic priorities of a multifaceted organization with a budget of $911 million and 626 full-time employees located throughout the country.

From January 20 to September 25, 2017, Mr. Danielson served as NHTSA’s Acting Deputy Administrator, where he provided overall leadership in the execution of NHTSA’s safety mission of promoting vehicle safety innovations, rooting out vehicle defects, setting safety standards for cars and trucks, and educating Americans to help them drive, ride, and walk safely.

Mr. Danielson began his Federal career two decades ago as an active-duty service member in the U.S. Army, serving in both Operation Joint Endeavor and Operation Joint Forge in Bosnia. Following his military service, he joined the policy staff of U.S. Congressman Jim Oberstar, his home-district Congressman and the ranking member of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure. Over the course of the next 15 years, he served in policy and management positions in the U.S. House and U.S. Senate, developing policy initiatives and legislation, and overseeing office budgets, staff, and field offices.