January 23, 2014 – Present
Greg Winfree came to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology in March 2010 and was sworn in as the Assistant Secretary on January 23, 2014. During his tenure, Mr. Winfree has served as Chief Counsel, Deputy Administrator, and Administrator of the predecessor agency, the Research and Innovative Technology Administration (RITA).
Prior to his USDOT appointments, Mr. Winfree served as Litigation Counsel for several Fortune 500 corporations operating in a number of technical industries. Prior to his in-house corporate legal work, Winfree was a Trial Attorney in the Housing and Civil Enforcement Section of the U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division. He started his legal career as an Associate at a prominent Washington, D.C.-based law firm.
Mr. Winfree is also an innovator with design and utility patents to his credit and thus has a special affinity for USDOT’s diverse transportation research, innovation and knowledge management mission. Much of his career aligns with organizations with a strong focus in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) disciplines, and in his official capacity at USDOT, Mr. Winfree has spoken extensively on the importance of STEM education to the future DOT and transportation workforce.
Assistant Secretary Winfree earned a B.S. degree from St. John's University and a J.D. from Georgetown University. He carries a valid motorcycle endorsement and is an advocate for advancing safety for motorcyclists and other vulnerable road users. An avid rider, he is a founding member of the USDOT Triskelions Motorcycle Club and has ridden across the U.S. on a number of occasions.