Regina Morgan, NHTSA’s Director of Civil Rights, serves as the principal staff advisor on civil rights and equal opportunity matters to the agency’s administrator and deputy administrator. She also provides overall planning and direction to ensure the full and affirmative implementation of civil rights and equal opportunity principles within NHTSA, state department of motor vehicles’ driver licensing programs, and NHTSA grant recipients.
Morgan directs NHTSA’s internal and external employment and equal opportunity programs to ensure that equity and civil rights are integrated in NHTSA’s core safety mission of saving lives, preventing injuries, and reducing crashes. Morgan works closely with the U.S. Department of Transportation’s civil rights office to implement department-wide civil rights initiatives. Morgan collaborates with NHTSA staff, external stakeholders, and manufacturers to promote practices that include equity in the transportation decision-making process.
Prior to joining NHTSA, Morgan worked at the U.S. Department of Justice for 19 years, in the disability rights section of the civil rights division. There, Morgan’s primary responsibility was to advance systemic improvement for inmates with disabilities in prisons across the country. She provided technical assistance and guidance on the Americans with Disabilities Act and served as a subject matter expert to law enforcement and corrections. Morgan also led a team of investigators to conduct comprehensive ADA compliance reviews of state and local government entities and public accommodations. During her time at DOJ, Morgan was selected for and completed the department’s prestigious leadership excellent achievement program.
Morgan is a graduate of the University of Maryland. She also completed the senior executive fellows program at the Harvard Kennedy School.