Regina Morgan serves as the Administrator’s principal staff advisor on all matters pertaining to civil rights. In this role, she directs the Agency’s internal Equal Employment Opportunity and external Equal Opportunity programs, and also provides assistance to the Office of the Secretary in investigating and resolving formal civil rights complaints of discrimination. Morgan works to ensure that civil rights are integrated into NHTSA’s core safety mission of saving lives, preventing injuries, and reducing crashes.
Before becoming NHTSA’s director of Civil Rights in 2013, Morgan served as a senior investigator in the Disability Rights Section, Civil Rights Division, of the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) in Washington, DC, where she worked for 19 years. Morgan’s primary responsibility was to advance systemic improvement for inmates with disabilities in prisons across the country. Morgan handled complaints from inmates and crime victims with disabilities, under an agreement with the DOJ’s Office of Justice Programs (OJP). She provided technical assistance and guidance on the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and regularly presented as a subject matter expert to law enforcement and the corrections industry. In addition to her OJP work, Morgan led a team of investigators, which conducted comprehensive compliance reviews of State and local government entities and public accommodations under the ADA.
Morgan was selected for the DOJ Leadership Excellence Achievement Program, a program that identifies high performing, motivated people within DOJ for leadership development. During this 12-month program, Morgan was detailed to DOJ’s Justice Management Division to assist with the 2008 presidential transition for the agency.
Morgan attended the Harvard Kennedy School’s Senior Executive Fellows program in 2013.