Heidi King has been nominated by President Donald Trump to be administrator of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
King, currently NHTSA’s deputy administrator, has in effect been leading the agency for the past 15 months since the administrator’s position has been vacant.
She has extensive experience in public safety, innovation, risk management, evidence-based decision-making and law enforcement, according to NHTSA.
She has worked in the government and private sectors, serving the 112th Congress as chief economist for the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, and as a regulatory policy analyst in the White House’s Office of Management and Budget from 1998 to 2000 and again from 2007 to 2011.
She also has held research and strategy roles at Telcordia Technologies, Pfizer Pharmaceuticals and as an executive at General Electric. King is experienced in traffic safety and emergency response after serving as a California State Park Ranger and a seven-year stint as a volunteer emergency medical technician for the Chatham Emergency Squad in Chatham, N.J.
Her special areas of interest have included cybersecurity and the development of automated driving systems.
“King’s leadership experience and commitment to safety are much needed at a time when motor vehicle crashes are killing more than 100 people per day in the United States,” the National Safety Council said in a statement. “King understands the importance of proven prevention strategies combined with forward-thinking innovation as we take aim at this everyday killer.”