Porcari remembers watching his father give presentations in church basements to community leaders about zoning and neighborhoods in his hometown of Rochester, N.Y. Porcari's father was the executive director of the city's housing authority and also headed its planning and zoning board. The experience gave the younger Porcari, now 54, a strong foundation in public service. He spent most of his career in Maryland before coming to DOT. Most notably, he was secretary of the Maryland Transportation Department in 1999, 2003, 2007, and 2009. He also was a development manager for Maryland's Prince George's County and a chief of staff and chief financial officer for the University of Maryland (College Park). Porcari's role now is to serve as the department's No. 2—stepping in when the secretary is unavailable for official duties—and to consult with and advise the secretary on top policy matters. Porcari is also the chief operating officer, which means he directs the day-to-day operations of 10 different administrations within DOT and more than 55,000 employees nationwide. Porcari doesn't mince words in laying out his goals: "maximizing the role of transportation as a foundational investment in America's future prosperity." He has a B.A. from the University of Dayton and an M.A. in public administration from the University at Albany.